Training

Legal training is in a state of flux. The Solicitors Regulation Authority revealed last week (The Lawyer, 12 September) that it is pressing ahead with radical plans to split the LPC into two separate components.

The plans will result in the compulsory courses of the LPC being split from the optional subjects. This would allow students to embark on their training contracts six months early, immediately after completing the first part of the LPC.

But it is not only those new to the legal profession who are being impacted by change in the training arena. The new Solicitors’ Code of Conduct has also thrown up a myriad of issues surrounding increased training needs for firm management.

This Training Special Report highlights some of the potential pitfalls thrown up by the new code, as well as examining whether firms should be working together in consortiums to meet their expanding training needs.