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.

Womble Bond Dickinson welcomes new apprentices to Plymouth office

Recently merged Womble Bond Dickinson has taken on five new legal apprentices in its Plymouth office. The apprentices will work in the firm’s corporate and commercial, real estate and dispute resolution teams.

A third of top UK law firms could no longer exist by 2022 as accountants and other providers pile pressure on fees, expert predicts

Changes sweeping the legal profession will mean that a third of the current top 300 UK firms will no longer exist by 2022 unless firms become more competitive and transparent on the price of services, a law firm finance expert has forecasted. 


Clyde & Co partners with Change Please in law fair CSR initiative

International firm Clyde & Co has become the latest law firm to embrace socially responsible marketing by partnering with social enterprise organisation Change Please for its free coffee giveaways at this year’s university law fairs. 


Hackney Law Centre reopens pro bono debt relief and form-filling clinics as volunteers step in

Hackney Law Centre has reopened its pro bono clinic for debt problems and help with claiming benefits thanks to volunteers from law firms Debevoise and Plimpton LLP and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, supported by students from BPP Law School and staff at Hackney’s libraries service.


Commercial news round-up: high street stores, Royal Mail, potential energy merger, price rises

Commerciality is an important part of being a successful lawyer, but law firms won’t expect you to be a fully formed, business guru when you arrive as trainee – they appreciate it takes years to develop. However, what they will expect is that you have started to gain some understanding of what is required to advise your clients in a business-appropriate way. The best place to start is by keeping up with big business news stories of the day; examples to follow.


The University of Law launches new full-fees postgraduate scholarship

The University of Law has launched a new full-fees scholarship which will fund one student from a low-income household a year through their studies.

Two years’ experience as a trainee solicitor before qualifying will continue under new ‘super exam’, SRA confirms

The requirement that prospective solicitors gain two years’ practising experience in order to qualify will remain when the Solicitors Qualifying Examination comes into force, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has confirmed. 


Lawyers make up third most-stressed professional group, reports government watchdog

Lawyers are the third most-stressed group of professionals in the country, with women worst affected, government figures indicate. 

LSB considers reforms to curb bickering between Law Society and SRA and ensure full regulatory independence

Almost constant disagreements between the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Law Society may mean there is a need for a change in the rules governing the two regulators’ relationship, the Legal Services Board has said in its latest consultation. 


Trailblazing US cannabis law firm set to open UK office

A US law firm which only acts for companies in the cannabis industry is set to launch a UK office, in a move which is bound to put some anti-marijuana campaigners’ noses out of joint.