Bar Council blames court fee rises for fall in CCJs – Litigation Futures

Posted August 30th, 2016 in barristers, county courts, courts, fees, news, statistics by sally

‘There was a 19% fall in the number of debt judgments against businesses in England and Wales during the first six months of 2016, which the Bar Council says is evidence of the negative impact of rising court fees.’

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Litigation Futures, 25th August 2016

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Britain’s sweariest judge may also be Britain’s toughest – The Independent

‘Judge Patricia Lynch told a flasher ‘no-one wants to see your penis’, ordered a weeping defendant to ‘man up’ and left colleagues in no doubt that ‘if you crossed her, you would be in trouble’.’

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The Independent, 11th August 2016

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New BSB report shows more targeted use of enforcement powers – Bar Standards Board

‘The Bar Standards Board has, today, published its Enforcement Annual Report for 2015-16.’

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Bar Standards Board, 8th August 2016

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Brexit prompts public & businesses to seek legal advice from barristers – The Bar Council

Posted August 10th, 2016 in barristers, EC law, internet, press releases, referendums, solicitors, statistics by tracey

‘New figures from the Bar Council’s Direct Access Portal , the free to use “find a barrister” website, show that the public and businesses are turning to barristers to help them with a wide range of legal issues.’

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The Bar Council, 5th August 2016

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Legal aid is a national institution like the NHS, so why is it not properly funded? – The Guardian

Posted August 10th, 2016 in barristers, budgets, costs, fees, legal aid, legal representation, news, solicitors by tracey

‘The media jump on high-profile cases of criminals like Ben Butler and Jennie Gray receiving huge amounts in legal aid. The real outrage is successive governments’ policy to limit access to it.’

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The Guardian, 9th August 2016

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Bar ‘entities’ flop – so fees under review – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 4th, 2016 in alternative business structures, barristers, fees, news, reports by Mark L

‘The bar’s regulator is reviewing its fees after grossly overestimating the profession’s appetite for new business models. Income has fallen well short of expectations, the Bar Standards Board admits in its annual report, after entity applications turned out to be just a fraction of the hundreds anticipated when it began licensing the new model in April last year.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 4th August 2016

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High Court slaps barrister with civil restraint order over relentless challenges to disciplinary rulings – Legal Futures

Posted August 2nd, 2016 in barristers, disciplinary procedures, news, restraint orders by tracey

‘The High Court has issued a two-year civil restraint order (CRO) against a barrister who has repeatedly and unsuccessfully challenged disciplinary findings made against him.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd August 2016

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The BSB highlights progress made in its Annual Report 2015-16 – Bar Standards Board

Posted August 2nd, 2016 in barristers, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The BSB has published its latest annual report, which summarises its achievements during the 2015-16 business year and during the course of its last three-year strategic plan which concluded on 31 March 2016.’

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Bar Standards Board, 2nd August 2016

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Barristers still face flexible working penalty – The Bar Council

Posted August 2nd, 2016 in barristers, equality, flexible working, press releases, rent, women by tracey

‘The Bar Council has launched a new flexible working guide for chambers, which includes proposals for possible rent reductions for those barristers seeking to work reduced hours or away from chambers because of care responsibilities.’

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The Bar Council, 1st August 2016

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Chambers urged to shape up on diversity as discrimination claims rise – Legal Futures

‘Chambers are seeing more grievances over discriminatory treatment by both employees and members, according to solicitors who advise them on dealing with their equality and diversity obligations.’

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Legal Futures, 1st August 2016

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Barrister cops double suspension after immigration conviction – Legal Futures

‘A barrister who was convicted last year of practising as an immigration adviser while his registration was suspended, has now been suspended from the Bar as well.’

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legal Futures, 28th July 2016

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Bar Council response to Lord Justice Briggs’ review – The Bar Council

Posted July 28th, 2016 in barristers, civil justice, courts, internet, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The Bar Council has responded to Lord Justice Briggs’ Civil Courts Structure Review. Chairman of the Bar, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, said: “Efforts to modernise the courts and improve efficiencies in our justice system are essential. It is surely time to make a proper investment in our civil justice system for the future, to provide justice for all.” ‘

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The Bar Council, 27th July 2016

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Be upstanding in court! – Counsel

Posted July 27th, 2016 in advocacy, barristers, complementary medicine, news by sally

‘Optimise performance and manage stress – John Hunter outlines the benefits of the Alexander Technique to the Bar.’

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Counsel, August 2016

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Reprimand for barrister who encouraged client to seek out damaging information about fellow counsel – Legal Futures

‘A barrister who encouraged a client to search online for damaging information about another member of the Bar, and then told her to deny that he had done so, has been reprimanded by a Bar disciplinary tribunal.’

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Legal Futures, 27th July 2016

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Groundbreaking barrister sees race bias claim against BSB thrown out – Legal Futures

‘A barrister who claimed she was the victim of racial discrimination by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has lost her appeal against a ruling that her case was brought out of time.’

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Legal Futures, 26th July 2016

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Law and Lawyers – Not All Bad? A Life in the Law – Not All Good? – Gresham College

Posted July 25th, 2016 in barristers, legal profession, news, solicitors, speeches by sally

‘Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC continues his Law series in the 2015/16 academic year, entitled ‘Law and Lawyers – not all bad?’.’

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Gresham College, 4th May 2016

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Justice advisory council’s future up in the air after reshuffle – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Uncertainty surrounds the future of the advisory council set up by former lord chancellor Michael Gove to examine ways to eliminate waste and abuses in the criminal justice system.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th July 2016

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Planning for the post-Brexit legal world – The Lawyer

Posted July 25th, 2016 in barristers, EC law, legal profession, news, referendums, solicitors by sally

‘On the morning of June 24th this year everything changed. Despite many predictions to the contrary, the people of Britain voted decisively to leave the European Union, and the political and economic landscape will never be the same again. Whether you voted leave or remain, whether you were aghast or euphoric, the only certainty was uncertainty. What will happen to the United Kingdom’s trade arrangements? What is the status of the City in a post-Brexit world? And after those big questions come a host of other, more knotty issues. What happens to passporting in financial services? What are the implications for employment law? What about data protection and intellectual property? How do you reshape your commercial contracts?’

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The Lawyer, 25th July 2016

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Bar Chairman says Lord Chancellor is critical to our economic wellbeing – The Bar Council

Posted July 25th, 2016 in barristers, judiciary, lord chancellor, news, rule of law by sally

‘Chairman of the Bar, Chantal-Aimee Doerries QC, welcomed the first woman Lord Chancellor, The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, at her swearing in ceremony.’

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The Bar Council, 22nd July 2016

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Making lawyers publish “average” prices will energise consumers, says panel – Legal Futures

‘The Legal Services Consumer Panel said last week that it was “not blind to the challenges of increased price transparency”, but insisted that making lawyers publish “average” prices could be the catalyst for making consumers ask more questions about cost.’

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Legal Futures, 25th July 2016

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