Our News section offers key stories from the legal world, with a particular emphasis on training issues. We trawl the legal and mainstream press, and solicit press releases, so we can produce pithy news stories for your reading pleasure. And don’t forget to comment by signing into MyLCN.


Legal aid cuts force closure of long-running law centre

After 40 years, Lambeth Law Centre in South London is the latest to have been forced to close because of cuts to legal aid funding.

Manchester University students create legal advice centre app

An app has been developed by law students at Manchester University that allows users to find help when legal advice centres are closed.


Water bills, London house prices, ASOS: your commercial news round-up

Everyone knows that aspiring lawyers are not expected to be ready-made economists, but they should have a solid understanding of how the business world is moving and which stories are impacting the world more broadly.


Freshfields starts networking drive to instruct more women barristers

Magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has launched a networking programme for solicitors of all genders to connect with women barristers, with the aim of increasing instructions and client recommendations to women advocates.


Solicitors Qualifying Exam could quadruple number of qualified solicitors, says Rocket Lawyer executive

The introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam in 2021 could enable four times as many graduates to become solicitors than currently qualify every year, according to Mark Edwards of online legal advice provider Rocket Lawyer.


New Bar course to replace the BPTC in 2020

A new two-part Bar course that will replace the BPTC has been given provisional approval.


Amazon Alexa, GDPR crackdown, Superdry, Virgin Galactic: your commercial news round-up

This week there’s news on struggling clothing chain Superdry and Richard Branson’s ambitious space plans. For more commercial awareness, we’d recommend following this Twitter account which tweets the latest business news stories for aspiring lawyers. And of course make sure you’re signed up to LCN to receive our weekly newsletter direct to your inbox. Find out more below.


Solicitors see the benefits of working in smaller firms, research shows

The number of solicitors leaving larger law firms to join smaller players has increased in the past three years, according to research by LexisNexis.


Rise in serious crime coincides with 20% drop in number of legal aid cases

The number of legal aid cases concluded in crown courts has fallen 20% in the last three years despite a significant rise in serious crime.

Oxford Brookes University teams with technology law firm to develop contract-reading app

Oxford Brookes University has joined forces with corporate technology-focused law firm Moorcrofts to create an app that can read contracts to identify the sections that require human attention.