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State of the nation

News that the number of training contracts was reduced by nearly 12.5 per cent between 2004 and 2014 may be a surprise to many, but it really shouldn't be.

1 May 2015

The profession has changed, for many reasons, and there is an inevitable impact on the number of new entrants through the traditional recruitment model.

The release of the Law Society's statistical report - our very own 'State of the Nation' - has revealed that 5,001 training contracts were offered in the 2013/2014 year. This may lead you think that there is a reduced demand for legal services as we progress through the 21st century, until you read on to find that the number of solicitors on the roll has increased, to 130,382.

Just looking around our law offices and court waiting rooms, it's pretty obvious that partners, in particular, are working later into life (possibly in order to m...

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