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.


Barrister ABS ‘divorce surgery’ is first to enable separating couples to use same lawyer

A new alternative business structure created by two family law barristers is believed to be the first service to allow divorcing couples to use the same lawyer.


LawCareers.Net Training & Recruitment Awards: the results

Central London was crackling with excitement tonight as representatives from over 60 top law firms convened at IET London: Savoy Place to find out who would be the winners of the prestigious LawCareers.Net Training & Recruitment Awards 2018. The awards – now in their 15th year – aim to identify and laud those firms that give their trainees a flying start in the legal profession, by playing it straight during the recruitment process, and supporting and nurturing their burgeoning careers


Betting, East Coast trains, Ramsay, Royal Mail, Ocado: your commercial news round-up

Much of this week has been spent trying to keep a lid on the bubbling excitement associated with this year’s most momentous social event – no, not the royal wedding on Saturday, but the LCN Training & Recruitment Awards, tonight! Even with the inevitable distractions such an occasion provokes, we have kept our eyes on the prize and have been monitoring the business pages, with you in mind. Read our carefully curated selection of interesting news here.


Falling income and profits hit small and mid-sized firms hardest

Firms of all sizes, but particularly those in the small to mid-sized range, must adapt to a climate of falling income and profits after the end of a three-year period of growth, according to a new report.


Move to online courts must take into account the needs of poorest citizens, warn judges

The government should not abandon access to physical courts in its drive to digitise the justice system because of the impact it would have on the poorest in society, leading judges and academics have warned.


Law students need training in emotional competency

The Legal Professions Wellbeing Taskforce has determined that all legal professionals should be made more aware of the need for emotional competency, with a particular emphasis on training law students in this regard.


A leaked report that the government denied existed reveals the impact of legal aid cuts

The full version of an internal Ministry of Justice report detailing the concerns of judges about people forced to represent themselves in court due to legal aid cuts has been leaked, despite the government’s attempts to conceal its existence. The government has now been reported to the Information Commissioner for an alleged breach of freedom of information law.


BT, BMW, RBS, Next, Morrisons, interest rates: your commercial news round-up

Another week, another bumper crop of commercial news to consider. If your ultimate plan is to succeed as a legal professional, an interest in the business world – and the world generally – is a must. As everyone digests the news that the Bank of England is again leaving interest rates where they are (with the Guardian reporting that some analysts have called Mark Carney an “unreliable boyfriend” due to his habit of changing his mind), here is a selection of other stories for your edification.


Criminal defence barristers to escalate strike action after government defeats fees vote

The government has defeated an opposition attempt to reverse reforms to the way that criminal defence barristers are paid for legal aid work, with barristers vowing to step up their strike action in response.


Large firms to offer advice on LGBT inclusion to smaller counterparts

In a pilot LGBT mentoring scheme being launched in April by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, 10 large law firms have signed up to offer free help and advice to small and medium-sized firms on how to become more inclusive employers.