McKenzie Friends: Bar Chairman says consumer protection has to be paramount – The Bar Council

Posted April 29th, 2016 in barristers, consumer protection, McKenzie friends, press releases by tracey

‘The protection of consumers “has to be paramount” when it comes to unregulated, uninsured and untrained McKenzie Friends charging fees to people in court, the Chairman of the Bar, Chantal-Aimee Doerries QC, told BBC listeners.’

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The Bar Council, 28th April 2016

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Asylum court fee hike makes access to justice a “luxury” for the few – The Bar Council

Posted April 28th, 2016 in asylum, barristers, civil justice, fees, immigration, press releases, tribunals by tracey

‘Plans put forward by the Ministry of Justice yesterday to increase fees for those seeking justice through the Immigration and Asylum tribunal system by 500% is yet another step towards putting access to justice beyond the means of those who most need it, warns the Bar Council.’

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The Bar Council, 28th April 2016

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Direct access barrister ‘no substitute’ for solicitor – judge – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Direct access barristers are no substitute for experienced solicitors, a judge has told a court, ruling that a woman was not advised on the proper process for appealing her council tax liability. ‘

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Law Society’s Gazette, 24th April 2016

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Barristers predict an increase in public access work – Bar Standards Board

Posted April 20th, 2016 in barristers, legal services, news by sally

‘Public access barristers are expecting the volume of work obtained directly from clients to increase over the next few years as a result of the public access scheme which allows consumers to use barristers directly, without needing to instruct a solicitor or other intermediary.’

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Bar Standards Board, 19th April 2016

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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“Boring” hearings or judges who interrupt? Neuberger knows what he likes – Legal Futures

‘The written advocacy of continental European lawyers makes for “boring” court proceedings, according to the President of the Supreme Court.’

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Legal Futures, 19th April 2016

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Constance Briscoe disbarred after being jailed for lying – The Guardian

‘One of Britain’s most high-profile legal figures, Constance Briscoe, must be disbarred as a barrister after being jailed for lying to police during the Chris Huhne speeding scandal, a tribunal has said.’

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The Guardian, 15th April 2016

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More flexible CPD for barristers to start from January 2017, says Bar regulator – Bar Standards Board

Posted April 15th, 2016 in barristers, continuing professional development, press releases by tracey

‘A new CPD regime for barristers on the Established Practitioner Programme will be in place from January 2017.’

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Bar Standards Board, 14th April 2016

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The Bar and shared parental leave – Cloisters

‘Since Shared Parental Leave (SPL) came into force a year ago on 5 April 2015, I have written, lectured and advised widely about this new legal entitlement. The people I have not engaged with much about SPL are barristers – for the key reason that as self-employed professionals rather than employees, they are excluded from this legal entitlement.’

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Cloisters, 7th April 2016

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Barrister direct access service “growing fast”, with bespoke technology set to go live – Legal Futures

Posted April 14th, 2016 in barristers, case management, internet, news by sally

‘A direct access service providing the public and businesses with fixed-fee unbundled access to barristers, claims to have doubled its turnover in each of the last two years and expects to grow next year.’

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Legal Futures, 14th April 2016

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Public access barristers join forces with debt solutions business to offer fixed-fee representation – Legal Futures

‘A group of public access barristers have formed a partnership with a debt solutions company to provide debtors with fixed-fee court representation that they could otherwise not afford.’

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Legal Futures, 12th April 2016

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Legal aid costs tax-payer less than a cup of coffee a week, reckons Bar Council – Legal Voice

Posted April 13th, 2016 in barristers, budgets, legal aid, news, taxation by sally

‘British justice costs the tax-payer less than €2 per week or ‘the price of one cup of coffee’, claimed the chairman of the Bar Council giving evidence to Labour’s legal aid commission. Chantal-Aimée Doerries took issue with the government’s oft-repeated assertion that the UK’s expenditure on legal aid per capita was ‘more generous than any other EU nation or comparable common law jurisdiction’. ‘Every justice system has different cost drivers and looking simply at legal aid in isolation we would suggest is unhelpful,’ she told the commission. ‘

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Legal Voice, 12th April 2016

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk

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Call for chambers rent rebates so male barristers can share parental leave – Legal Futures

Posted April 12th, 2016 in barristers, equality, news, paternity leave, rent by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board is to investigate whether male barristers with new-born children should be entitled to a form of shared parental leave (SPL), with the Bar Council calling for provisions which would give them a rent rebate from their chambers while not working.’

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Legal Futures, 12th April 2016

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Guest Blog: Rachel Crasnow QC on the Bar and shared parental leave – The Bar Council

Posted April 8th, 2016 in barristers, maternity leave, paternity leave, press releases by tracey

‘Rachel Crasnow QC, who practises in employment law at Cloisters chambers and is the Chair of the Bar Council Legislation & Guidance Panel, looks at why Shared Parental Leave, which came into force a year ago, could be relevant to barristers and why it shouldn’t be ignored by the Bar.’

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The Bar Council, 7th April 2016

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Risk-based approach to regulating the Bar: the regulator publishes its Framework, Index and Outlook – Bar Standards Board

‘The BSB is today publishing three documents about its approach to risk-based regulation.’

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Bar Standards Board, 5th April 2016

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BSB warns commercial pressures driving barristers to take risks – Legal Futures

Posted April 7th, 2016 in barristers, complaints, legal profession, news by sally

‘Commercial pressures on barristers are causing high risk behaviours that are detectable in complaints received by the Bar Standards Board (BSB), an assessment of future regulatory dangers has revealed.’

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Legal Futures, 6th April 2016

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Bar’s “tribal culture” a barrier to clients and diversity, says BSB report – Legal Futures

‘Barristers have a vital role in helping clients and witnesses understand the legal system but their own “distinct and tribal culture” is a barrier to doing so, a Bar Standards Board (BSB) report has found.’

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Legal Futures, 4th April 2016

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Would-be barrister fails in bid to lift vexatious litigant order – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has rejected a bid by a would-be barrister to lift a decade-old declaration that she was a vexatious litigant, which she said was harming her prospects of becoming a lawyer.’

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Legal Futures, 4th April 2016

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Liberty names barrister Martha Spurrier as new director – The Guardian

Posted April 1st, 2016 in barristers, human rights, legal aid, news by sally

‘The barrister and human rights campaigner Martha Spurrier is to succeed Shami Chakrabarti as the director of Liberty.

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The Guardian, 31st March 2016

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Forensic Accounting: Launch of a new, online course for pupils and new practitioners – Bar Standards Board

‘In 2015, the BSB authorised BPP Professional Education to deliver an online Forensic Accounting course to pupils and new practitioners following a review of the face-to-face two day mandatory course.’

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Bar Standards Board, 29th March 2016

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Bar regulator receives approval to license Alternative Business Structures – Bar Standards Board

Posted March 31st, 2016 in alternative business structures, barristers, licensing, news by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) application to become a licensing authority for alternative business structures (ABS) has been approved by the Legal Services Board (LSB).’

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Bar Standards Board, 30th March 2016

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