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.


Bar celebrates 10th anniversary of social mobility initiative; launches campaign, ‘I am the Bar’

The Bar Council is this week celebrating a decade of its flagship social mobility initiative, Bar Placement Week, as well as launching a related online campaign, entitled ‘I am the Bar’.


Hermes drivers, car industry, Carpetright, Carillion, BP: your commercial news round-up

With vacation schemes in full swing, and the major training contract deadline of 31 July just over a month away, there has never been a better time to up your commercial awareness game. Taking an interest in what’s happening in the business world is the foundation for a successful career as a commercial legal adviser. No time like the present – read on.


Majority of barristers to report bullying or harassment believe gender was a factor in their treatment

Reported instances of bullying and harassment at the Bar have increased in recent years, according to a survey of barristers’ working lives by the Bar Council.

International firms report carbon footprints

Almost 60 international law firms have reported their carbon footprints, recording an average reduction of 11% compared to the previous year, according to the Legal Sustainability Alliance.


Over half of training contracts are based in London, research shows

Over half of all training contracts nationwide in 2016-17 were based in London, research by the Law Society has revealed.

Deloitte granted ABS as it expands legal services

Deloitte is the last of the Big Four accountancy firms to be granted an alternative business structure (ABS) licence, allowing it to offer reserved legal activities.


World Cup, Debenhams, House of Fraser, Virgin Money, US v China, public sector borrowing: your commercial news round-up

The World Cup may well be taking a lot of your time and energy at the moment – and fair enough – but spare a thought for concerned pub and bar owners worried that the shortage of CO2 in Europe could mean a lack of beer and food during what is a very lucrative trading period. The horror. For other commercial news of interest, read on.


Women make up majority of solicitors for first time, but inequality continues in senior roles

The majority of practising solicitors are women, but men still occupy a disproportionate number of positions at partner level, according to the Law Society’s latest annual statistics report.


SRA announces package of reforms aimed at greater flexibility

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has finalised its most recent set of reforms, which is designed to provide solicitors and firms with a flexible approach to how they operate and provide their services to the public.