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.


New barrister training announced

The way aspiring barristers train and qualify is set to change as the Bar Standards Board lays out its new rules.


Bathstore, Wayfair walkout, Boeing 737, Monzo: your commercial news round-up

We’ll keep it short and sweet this week and let you know that the below news stories are essential reading for anyone heading off to a law firm assessment centre or interview soon, or for those just looking to top up their commercial awareness over the summer months.


Applications open for LawCareersNetLIVE student careers conferences in Bristol, London and Manchester

Applications are now open for the LawCareersNetLIVE careers conferences taking place in November and December later this year across three locations in the UK.


Firms and chambers to be set “specific gender targets” for senior roles

The bodies representing solicitors, barristers and chartered legal executives have pledged to “achieve gender equality in the senior ranks” by getting firms and chambers to sign up to specific gender targets.

Flexible court hours to be trialled in September

Extended court sitting hours in the early mornings and evenings will be tested for the first time from 2 September, which marks the start of a six-month pilot scheme.


Fast fashion, Tesco, KFC, Monzo: your commercial news round-up

As the Tory leadership contest sees the four candidates whittled down to the final two today, and tensions between the US and Iran escalate, there really is never a dull moment on Planet Earth. Draw your focus for five minutes to the business world and you’ll see that there are many places that politics, economics and the law intersect.


Law Society report sets out recommendations to save justice system from "brink of collapse"

The creation of a legal aid task force and the uprating of the legal aid means test are some of the proposals set out in a report by the Law Society to combat the “perilous state” of the criminal justice system in England and Wales.


Linklaters launches ‘online internship’ providing mock vacation scheme tasks

Magic circle firm Linklaters has launched an ‘online internship’ inviting students to test how they get on with the types of work experienced by real-life vacation scheme candidates.


Merger announced between Penningtons Manches and Thomas Cooper

Leading national firm Penningtons Manches and shipping specialist Thomas Cooper have agreed to merge, the firms have announced.