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.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner completes transatlantic merger

The merger of City firm Berwin Leighton Paisner and US-based Bryan Cave has been completed, creating new firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.


Gender pay gap, US-Chinese trade, 5G auction, car registrations, Vauxhall: your commercial news round-up

Without a little prompting, we can all let good intentions slide – especially so when it comes to the sort of preparatory work that requires long-term commitment. Developing your commercial awareness is one such example; it’s not enough to read the FT on the way to your training contract interview. You have to put in hours well in advance of that, so where better to start than with another collection of the week’s most interesting business news stories?


Bar Council backs criminal barristers planning to strike

The Bar Council has come out in support of criminal barristers’ protests for a properly funded criminal justice system, which include plans for strike action.


Addleshaw Goddard creates new role of legal technology associate

Addleshaw Goddard has announced that it is taking steps to further integrate legal technology into its associate career path. From September, its lawyers will be able to qualify within the firm’s innovation and legal technology team. The team is already one of the first at the firm to have dedicated legal technologist trainees.


Next, House of Fraser, Uber, Conviviality, Amazon and Bake Off: your commercial news round-up

It’s Easter, and that means late-morning starts and excessive consumption. However, we would suggest that you intersperse the indulgence of the holidays with a level of interest in the big commercial news stories. As a reference point, here is our selection from last week.

Barristers could agree to mass walk out with justice system “at breaking point”

Crime barristers have threatened to walk out and leave the criminal courts in chaos in protest at a new legal aid payments scheme, with many barristers feeling overwhelmed and at “breaking point”.


Law Society increases its recommended minimum salary for trainee solicitors

The Law Society has increased the minimum salary that it recommends solicitors’ firms pay their trainees, although the figure is only a guideline that firms are free to ignore.


Solicitors’ ‘super exam’ gets go ahead

Plans for a new ‘super exam’ for all qualifying solicitors have been approved by the Legal Services Board, meaning that the Solicitors Qualifying Exam is now certain to go ahead in some form.


BSB examines role of the Inns of Court in the future of Bar training

The Bar Standards Board has agreed the ways in which the Inns of Court will continue to perform their role in the training and qualification of barristers in England and Wales. Detailed in a policy statement published on 23 March, the regulator has confirmed that the Inns will continue to play a pivotal role in the process.