Female barristers subjected to shocking levels of rampant sexism, says Bar report – The Independent

Posted July 28th, 2015 in barristers, news, reports, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘Shocking levels of rampant sexism still exist among barristers “existing in a children’s playground” who know they can get away with “grossly disrespectful” comments, according to a major Bar Council report.’

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The Independent, 24th July 2015

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Related link: Snapshot: The Experience of Self-Employed Women at the Bar

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Constance Briscoe avoids £89,000 in costs for perverting course of justice – The Guardian

Posted July 28th, 2015 in barristers, costs, news, perverting the course of justice by sally

‘One of Britain’s first black female judges has avoided paying thousands of pounds after her trial for lying to police investigating the Chris Huhne speeding points scandal.’

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The Guardian, 27th July 2015

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Solicitor-advocates harming family justice – bar – Law Society’s Gazette

‘he bar has called for an independent review of advocacy in family law, over ‘a growing concern’ that an increase in the number of solicitors in conduct hearings has led to a decline in standards and ‘unjust’ outcomes.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th July 2015

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McKenzie friends rebuff from bar – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 20th, 2015 in barristers, legal services, McKenzie friends, news, rights of audience by tracey

‘Paid McKenzie friends should not be allowed to speak in court, the Bar Council has said, responding to “serious concerns” about the negative impact they can have on the administration of justice.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th July 2015

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Chambers offers legal advice through ‘video surgeries’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 20th, 2015 in barristers, costs, internet, legal services, news, solicitors by tracey

‘Direct access barristers at a virtual chambers are offering advice through “video surgeries” in a bid to become the first port of call for legal services.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 201th July 2015

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Criminal Bar Association votes to take industrial action – BBC News

Posted July 16th, 2015 in barristers, industrial action, legal aid, news, solicitors by tracey

‘Criminal barristers in England and Wales have voted for industrial action to support solicitors taking action over government cuts to legal aid.’

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BBC News, 15th July 2015

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Gove announces review of Legal Services Act – Legal Futures

‘There will a review of the Legal Services Act 2007 during this Parliament, the Lord Chancellor Michael Gove announced today.’

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Legal Futures, 15th July 2015

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BSB criticises its training course but remains tight-lipped on future – Legal Futures

Posted July 13th, 2015 in barristers, consultations, legal education, news, standards by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has strongly criticised the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), while remaining tight-lipped as to whether it should be scrapped.’

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Legal Futures, 13th July 2015

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Barristers braced for new direct access push – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 13th, 2015 in barristers, costs, disciplinary procedures, internet, news, solicitors by tracey

‘Solicitors must come to terms with more competition from the bar, the chief executive of the Bar Council has told the Gazette, as the body ramps up support for barristers who want to take instructions direct from the public.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 13th July 2015

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Regulator consults on what could be the most sweeping reforms to Bar training in a generation; keen to seek views from all – Bar Standards Board

‘Future barristers may be able to achieve their career aspirations by a number of different, more flexible pathways if some of the approaches being considered by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) are implemented.’

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Bar Standards Board, 10th July 2015

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Gove promises action on criminal referral fees – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The lord chancellor is to crack down on the banned practice of referral fees in criminal proceedings.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 9th July 2015

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Bar student who failed single module loses JR over having to retake entire BPTC – Legal Futures

Posted July 9th, 2015 in barristers, examinations, legal education, news, proportionality by sally

‘A mature Bar student has lost a judicial review against the Bar Standards Board (BSB) after a two-time failure to pass a single module on opinion writing meant he in turn failed the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and would have to take entire course again before moving onto pupillage.’
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Legal Futures, 8th July 2015

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Jailed barrister Constance Briscoe loses appeal over conviction – The Guardian

Posted July 9th, 2015 in appeals, barristers, evidence, news, perverting the course of justice by sally

‘One of Britain’s first black female judges, who was jailed for lying to police investigating the Chris Huhne speeding points scandal, has lost an appeal against her conviction.’

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The Guardian, 8th July 2015

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Legal professionals are becoming more innovative in running their businesses but more is needed – Legal Services Board

‘Findings from the largest ever study of innovation in the legal sector, commissioned by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Legal Services Board (LSB), suggest that legal professionals ,including solicitors and barristers, are becoming more innovative in the organisation and management of their business.’
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Legal Services Board, 7th July 2015

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Bar regulator consults on reforms to the disciplinary tribunal system – Bar Standards Board

Posted July 8th, 2015 in barristers, disciplinary procedures, news, regulations, tribunals by sally

‘In an open consultation, launched today, the bar regulator is seeking views on proposals to reform the disciplinary tribunal system.’

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Bar Standards Board, 7th July 2015

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Magistrate courts and police stations could face ‘absolute chaos’ amid boycott of legal aid work – The Independent

Posted July 1st, 2015 in barristers, criminal justice, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘Magistrates courts and police stations across England and Wales could face “absolute chaos” as the effects of a widespread boycott of new legal aid work kicks in.’

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The Independent, 30th June 2015

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Regina (Lumsdon and others) v Legal Services Board – WLR Daily

Regina (Lumsdon and others) v Legal Services Board [2015] UKSC 41; [2015] WLR (D) 270

‘The decision of the Legal Services Board to approve the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (“QASA”), introduced by the regulators to assess the performance of criminal advocates in England and Wales, complied with the requirements of article 9 of Parliament and Council Directive 2006/123/EC and regulation 14 of the Provision of Services Regulations 2009 (SI 2009/2999), and was proportionate and lawful.’

WLR Daily, 24th June 2015

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Supreme Court on EU and ECHR proportionality – back to basics – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Supreme Court has reminded us, in a tour de force by Lord Reed, that there is no such thing as one-stop proportionality. It varies between ECHR and EU law, and the tests of EU proportionality then vary according to the nature of the EU issue in play.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 27th June 2015

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Lawyers’ strike over legal aid cuts boosted by the backing of major firms – The Independent

‘The “strike” by lawyers which threatens to bring chaos to the criminal justice system next week has received a substantial boost after the country’s biggest legal aid firms pledged to support the action.’

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The Independent, 26th June 2015

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Tom Crone: News of the World lawyer faces investigation by Bar – The Independent

‘Tom Crone, the lawyer responsible for the legal affairs of the News of the World during the height of the phone-hacking scandal, is being investigated by the barristers’ regulator.’

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The Independent, 28th June 2015

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