The fundamental training that is the basis of the legal profession has had a rather bumpy ride of late. First, the Law Society unveiled a new set of proposals for the Training Framework Review late last year. They were radically different from its earlier strategy and withdrew plans to make the LPC non-compulsory. Then the whole future of legal education in England and Wales was thrown into doubt last month following the Law Society’s decision to abolish the Training Framework Review Group.

At the same time, several law firms have overhauled their own training systems. Bevan Brittan is rolling out a new training programme to all of its lawyers, while Herbert Smith is threatening to introduce an additional test to its trainee pre-selection process to ensure applicants are up to speed.

This Training Special Report examines the latest developments in training, including the Law Society’s push for increased flexibility. It will also highlight the changing skills set required by law firms, including striking a balance between technical expertise and commercial nous.