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.


Multiple-choice questions will ensure that SQE is rigorous, says Kaplan academic

The presence of multiple-choice questions (MCQ) in the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) will make the assessment more rigorous than critics think, according to the person in charge of designing the SQE framework.

Emphasising rehabilitation is not going ‘soft on crime’, justice secretary tells Conservatives

The government’s move away from pursuing short-term prison sentences in favour of non-custodial solutions does not make it soft on crime, Justice Secretary David Gauke told the Conservative Party Conference earlier this week.


McStrikes, car sales, DFS, Russian cyber attacks: your commercial news round-up

Today’s collection of commercial news stories is as varied as the weather at the moment and much more likely to help you in your search for a legal career. It’s important to maintain a holistic view of the world of business and to stay up-to-date with the issues that might affect your future employers, and their clients. Use these four stories as a starting point for your research.


Brand new: The LawCareers.Net Handbook 2019 is out now

The new edition of The LawCareers.Net Handbook: The Training Contract & Pupillage Guide (formerly known as The Training Contract & Pupillage Handbook) is now available to readers.


Distribution of new legal aid funding fails to address the junior barrister recruitment crisis, warns Law Society

The government’s promise of £15 million of new funding for the criminal justice system will boost the fees of high-earning QCs but fail to address the problems faced by struggling junior barristers, the Law Society has warned.


Gordon Dadds and Ince & Co enter merger talks

Publicly listed firm Gordon Dadds is in merger talks with Ince & Co, which if successful will create a major new international law firm.

City firms’ representative body forms data law committee to offer the government help on Brexit

A new data law committee formed by the City of London Law Society (CLLS) will offer the government the expertise of specialists at City law firms to ensure that data can continue to flow freely in between the United Kingdom and European Union in the event of a no-deal Brexit.


Sky shares, Carillion collapse, Trump Iran sanctions, Labour Brexit position: your commercial news round-up

As autumn knocks at the door, we’re sure that you’re all getting excited for crunchy leaves, pumpkin spiced lattes, and Chancellor Philip Hammond’s big reveal of the autumn budget (29 October, people, put it in your diaries!). Here at LCN the autumn term signifies the onset of traversing the country for law fair season.


Fieldfisher merges with Spanish firm Jausas

International firm Fieldfisher has today merged with Spanish full-service firm Jausas to add offices in Barcelona and Madrid.