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AI could replace one in five legal jobs within 20 years, Law Society researchers forecast

Some 20% of current legal roles are likely to be lost to the progress of automation and artificial intelligence over the next 20 years, the Law Society’s research unit has predicted. 

Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference; chair’s speech emphasises “irrepressibility” of the profession

At the Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference on Saturday, chair of the Bar, Andrew Langdon QC, spoke to over 500 guests, including legal luminaries such as Sir Keir Starmer QC MP, Professor Richard Susskind OBE and Lady Justice Hallet.


Womble Bond Dickinson launches following transatlantic merger

The national firm formerly known as Bond Dickinson has become Womble Bond Dickinson after a high-profile merger – not with the venerable family-run operation of the Wimbledon-based eco rodents, but with US firm Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice. 


Commercial news round-up: interest rate rise, wine, EasyJet, Facebook, HSBC

The big news today, gripping the City and beyond, is the Bank of England announcement that it is raising interest rates from 0.25% to 0.5% - the first rise since 2007, it reverses the emergency rate cuts that were implemented following the EU referendum. For other business stories of note, read on.


UK firms must adapt to keep pace with US competition as costs pressures mount, warn PwC analysts

UK law firms must adapt to keep pace with increasing competition from their US counterparts, a survey of top firms by accountancy firm PwC has warned.


Legal profession requires “most urgent change” of all to tackle racial and gendered inequality, says Shami Chakrabarti at diversity conference

Despite talking a good game on diversity issues, the legal profession needs to “be brave and walk our talk” by making diverse workplaces an individual responsibility, according to the findings of the Miranda Brawn Annual Diversity Leadership Conference hosted by The University of Law earlier in October. 


Justice secretary David Lidington hints that inequality before the law set to continue due to lack of political will to increase legal aid availability

Promises to publish a review of the impact of legal aid cuts by Justice Secretary David Lidington have done little to raise the spirits of practitioners following the government’s latest fees decision, which slashed the amount of evidence that lawyers are paid to consider in legal aid cases. 


Commercial news round-up: debt relief, retail sales, Glaxo, Deutsche Bank

Law fair season is upon us, and as LCN lurches from uni to uni, you should be focusing on developing your commercial awareness as a way of impressing the recruiters that you meet.


CityLawLIVE and NationalLawLIVE conferences extend deadline to 5 November

CityLawLIVE and NationalLawLIVE, LCN’s one-day student conferences for aspiring solicitors, have announced that they are jointly extending their deadline to Sunday 5 November. Giving applicants an additional week in which to submit will hopefully attract those students who may not have had the time to get their applications in for consideration.