Smaller law firms rebuff City-focused LPC

Law firms do not want the LPC to become any more specialised than it already is, according to the preliminary findings of a study into the role of trainee solicitors.

Amanda Fancourt, a research fellow at the UK Centre for Legal Education, has been asking if large commercial firms are the only ones to want a tailor-made version of the LPC. &#34I wondered what the smaller firms want &#45 whether the whole profession wanted specialisation or if it was just the big commercial firms who had a much bigger voice?&#34

Through interviews and questionnaires, Fancourt discovered that the majority of firms seem happy with the &#39normal&#39 LPC&#39s broad base, although they know very little about what their trainees have been studying.

&#34There is a broad lack of knowledge about the content of the LPC,&#34 she added. &#34But firms are happy to train up trainees in specific areas of law themselves.&#34

One respondent said their firm had been &#34wrong-footed&#34 by the LPC in the past and said their expectations of what knowledge or skills trainees would arrive with had been downgraded to zero.