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Can you access justice in 2016?

There was some good news for legal aid lawyers last week, as the government abandoned plans for a two-tier bidding process for crime contracts and postponed a further fee cut which would surely have seen many firms go bust, leaving the criminal justice system in disarray. However, cuts to civil legal aid and hikes to court fees mean that Britain is in a shocking situation in 2016, where the vast majority of ordinary people are unable to access justice – including victims of domestic violence and people with mental health problems. This week’s Feature looks at the effects of the legal aid cuts on lawyers and the public, and examines what opportunities are still out there for aspiring legal aid lawyers. Elsewhere, the Oracle advises a reader who has been offered a training contract at a regional firm, but really wants to work in the City.

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Meet the Lawyer

James Boyd - K&L Gates LLP

Solicitor James Boyd discusses fast-paced, multijurisdictional litigation and how global presence and collegiality combine at top firm K&L Gates.
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K&L Gates LLP

Brochure Focus

Linklaters LLP

Get ready to "live your ambition", as you absorb all that this infographic and information packed brochure from global super-firm Linklaters has to offer.
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Burning Question

The VTech hack: big breach raises bigger questions

Should the hack of toy maker VTech, the latest in a series of major data security breaches, represent a wakeup call for the growing number of industries poised to embrace connected technologies?

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The VTech hack: big breach raises bigger questions

Meet the Recruiter

Joanna Clark - Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Joanna Clark shares her application advice and discusses the recruitment and marketing challenges that face a medium-sized commercial firm. Read on to find out more about life at Winckworth Sherwood, including its more niche practice areas.
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Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Best in Law

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

The associates, senior and junior, are always happy to hep and will always take the time to explain things There is very good client contact and the partners are appreciative of our hard work.
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LC.N Awards Winner 2015

Features

Features

Legal aid: why equality before the law no longer exists in the UK in 2016

Legal aid is a vital part of the justice system which provides funding for legal representation to people who could not otherwise afford it. Unfortunately, cuts to the legal aid budget and court fee hikes mean that legal aid lawyers are struggling as never before, and that many UK citizens in 2016 cannot afford to access the justice system.
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The Oracle

The Oracle

Regional offer, but dreaming of the City

I've been lucky enough to secure a training contract with a regional firm, but I really want to be working in the City as a corporate lawyer.
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LC.N Blogs

A victory against the bedroom tax?

A victory against the bedroom tax?

Sean G
The Court of Appeal ruled this week that it is unlawful that those with disabilities and victims of domestic abuse are not exempt from the bedroom tax.
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LC.N Says

Sinead Dineen - Application rejection dos and don’ts

Application rejection dos and don’ts

Sinead Dineen
Just before the new year, I had the unfortunate task of contacting applicants who had not been successful in their applications to attend the CityLawLIVE and NationalLawLIVE student conferences.
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Take 5

February application deadlines

Many firms' vacation scheme application deadlines fell in January, but plenty more have upcoming deadlines this month, including these five:

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Bond Dickinson

Holman Fenwick Willan

Hansells

Langleys Solicitors LLP

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Jobs

Glovers Solicitors LLP - Paralegal (property finance)
Central London

Glovers Solicitors seeks a paralegal to join its property finance department. The candidate must have completed the LPC. Apply by Friday 5 February.
If this vacancy no longer appears on LawCareers.Net then it has been filled, but keep checking the Jobs section for all the latest vacancies.
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Latest news

LCN Student Law Society Awards receive record number of nominations

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Junior finance lawyers earn more than counterparts in other practice areas

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Stonewall names 12 law firms among top 100 LGBT-friendly employers

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Law and business: commercial news round-up 28.01.16

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Burning Question: All law firms want their lawyers and their trainees to have commercial awareness. This means that you need to know what's going on in the business world. Each week we pose a burning question and ask a real lawyer or trainee to write a short answer.

The Oracle: We often receive requests for help and advice from future trainees and pupils. We've now formalised this process in a 'problem page' format. The Oracle will help you solve all those tricky problems relating to the recruitment process. Letters of particular interest, or letters that serve to illustrate common issues, are published in the newsletters and on the site. Whether published or not, every letter that we receive gets an answer.

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