BSB announces new regulatory approach to improve advocacy standards within Youth Courts – Bar Standards Board

Posted February 27th, 2017 in advocacy, barristers, legal representation, press releases, standards, youth courts by tracey

‘At its Board meeting last night, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) agreed new measures to improve standards of advocacy within Youth Courts. The regulator today published new guidance for barristers working in youth proceedings based on a set of essential competences that are expected of all advocates working with young people.’

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Bar Standards Board, 24th February 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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A united approach – Counsel

Posted February 23rd, 2017 in barristers, children, cross-examination, news, witnesses, young persons by sally

‘HHJ Simon Drew QC and Lynda Gibbs explain why the pan-profession s 28 and ‘advocacy and the vulnerable’ training – being delivered to over 14,000 criminal advocates over the next two years – heralds a sea change.’

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Counsel, March 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

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Maximising mini-pupillage – Counsel

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in barristers, diversity, legal profession, news, pupillage by sally

‘No contacts, no mini-pupillage? Dr Elaine Freer examines the state of work experience at the Bar in light of recent guidance for chambers and her own research on socio-economically disadvantaged aspirant entrants.’

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Counsel, March 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

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Legal records at risk – Counsel

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in archives, barristers, confidentiality, documents, legal history, legal profession, news by sally

‘The Bar is in danger of losing its distinct legal heritage, warns Clare Cowling – who outlines the considerable research value to be found in chambers records’

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Counsel, March 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

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Cure for all ills? – Counsel

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in advocacy, barristers, consultations, criminal justice, fees, legal aid, news by sally

‘Fees are still too low, but the Bar has developed a better settlement for criminal practitioners to reward advocacy in a fairer and more transparent way. Now it’s up to the profession to make their voices heard and respond to the consultation, as Daniel Oscroft explains.’

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Counsel, March 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

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Vital Times for Human Rights Lawyers as we Face Attacks on Fundamental Rights at Home and Abroad – Garden Court Chambers

Posted February 21st, 2017 in barristers, civil justice, criminal justice, human rights, legal aid, news by sally

‘Leslie Thomas QC on the vital role of human rights lawyers in these turbulent times.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 6th February 2017

Source: www.gardencourtchambers.co.uk

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Bar Council: shared leave plan will help women reach top – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 21st, 2017 in barristers, consultations, equality, news, parental rights, self-employment, women by sally

‘The Bar Council has backed proposals by the regulator to amend rules on shared parental leave, claiming this could encourage more women to stay at the bar.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th February 2017

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Lawyers unite in opposition to massive extension of fixed costs – Litigation Futures

Posted February 16th, 2017 in barristers, civil justice, costs, news, personal injuries by sally

‘Lawyers have united against the potential threat of a huge extension of fixed recoverable costs to all civil claims worth up to £250,000.’

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Litigation Futures, 15th February 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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Cooperation With Counsel – Zenith PI Blog

Posted February 14th, 2017 in barristers, case management, news, personal injuries, solicitors by sally

‘This blog is addressed to solicitors and indeed to those who instruct counsel, particularly in relation to the fast-track trials and other proceedings such as small claims and indeed interlocutory matters. I feel that this is a timely Note, because thanks to the minimal remuneration which is nowadays given to solicitors (let alone counsel), solicitors are placed in great difficulty in dealing with claims of this kind efficiently. But, just as it is true that some cases are won by good preparation, so it is also unhappily true that many good cases are lost by poor preparation.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 13th February 2017

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Barristers to pay 12% more for right to practise this year – but figures show 2,500 earn £240k+ – Legal Futures

Posted February 10th, 2017 in barristers, fees, news by tracey

‘Some 2,500 barristers will earn more than £240,000 this year, Bar Council figures have shown, and they will have to pay an extra £200 for their practising certificates after the Legal Services Board (LSB) approved a 12% hike in fees across the board.’

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Legal Futures, 10th February 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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BSB publishes two-year equality and diversity strategy – Bar Standards Board

Posted February 10th, 2017 in barristers, diversity, equality, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its Equality and Diversity Strategy for 2017-2019. This follows the publication of its Diversity at the Bar Report last month. That report showed that diversity at the Bar was heading slowly in the right direction but that considerable progress is still needed.’

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Bar Standards Board, 10th February 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Criminal bar adds to regulator’s woes over training reform – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 7th, 2017 in barristers, consultations, legal education, news by sally

‘The Criminal Bar Association has added its voice to concerns over the Bar Standards Board proposals for training reform, suggesting vocational aspects should be given more ‘flexibility’.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 6th February 2017

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Supreme Court adds to Bar regulator’s legal costs and training headaches – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has found itself under attack from multiple directions this week, including the Supreme Court announcing yesterday that it would hear an appeal about a case involving claims of race discrimination in its disciplinary processes.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd February 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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BSB report shows diversity at the Bar heading slowly in the right direction but that further progress is needed – Bar Standards Board

Posted February 1st, 2017 in barristers, diversity, reports by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its annual report on Diversity at the Bar. The report shows that progress was made in 2016 with regard to both diversity at the Bar itself and to the disclosure rates of barristers providing data.’

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Bar Standards Board, 27th January 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Lord Woolf joins hundreds of barristers in condemning bar training shakeup – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 1st, 2017 in barristers, legal education, news by tracey

‘More than 500 barristers have signed an open letter opposing the Bar Standards Board’s proposals to shake up the training regime for would-be barristers. In a letter published today, the barristers, who include former master of the rolls and lord chief justice Lord Woolf, say the consultation is not “guided by a proper understanding” of the BSB’s objective of promoting and protecting the public interest ‘

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Law Society’s Gazette, 31st January 2017

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Regulator urged to rethink bar training reforms – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 26th, 2017 in barristers, consultations, examinations, legal education, news by tracey

‘The Bar Council has criticised Bar Standards Board proposals for alternative ways of qualifying, claiming its consultation into future training at the bar misses a ‘long-awaited opportunity for reform’. It also dismisses the need for a central exam along the lines of the solicitors qualifying examination.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th January 2017

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Senior judge launches extraordinary attack over “blackmail” by solicitors and tells barristers to stop defending them – Legal Futures

Posted January 17th, 2017 in barristers, blackmail, immigration, judges, law firms, news, professional conduct, tribunals by tracey

‘A senior judge has accused solicitors of “blackmailing” the immigration tribunal in an extraordinary attack that also branded their conduct as “disgraceful” and “shameful” in not pursuing the appeals they had lodged.’

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Legal Futures, 16th January 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Don’t let consultation fatigue saddle generations of future Bar students with more of the status quo: a hugely expensive course with low prospects of acquiring pupillage at the end, argues Guy Fetherstonaugh QC – Counsel

Posted January 17th, 2017 in barristers, consultations, legal education, news, universities by tracey

‘Consultation fatigue is a particular problem for the Bar, with its substantial cohort of busy and independently minded practitioners. But every once in a while, along comes a paper upon which we should all of us express a strong view: the Consultation on the Future of Training for the Bar: Further Routes to Authorisation – prominently the reform of the Bar professional training course (BPTC).’

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Counsel, January 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

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Lawyer warns male students to think twice before having sex with drunken women – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 16th, 2017 in alcohol abuse, barristers, consent, Crown Prosecution Service, news, rape by sally

‘Male students should not risk having sex with girls who have been drinking heavily for fear they could end up being accused of rape, a leading female barrister has warned.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th January 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Disciplinary round-up: fine for firm which failed to make client’s visa application and then lost his passport – Legal Futures

‘A north London law firm has been rebuked for misleading its client into thinking that it had made a visa application on his behalf.’

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Legal Futures, 13th January 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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