Appeal court throws out attack on Bar disciplinary tribunals over time-expired members – Legal Futures

Posted December 18th, 2014 in appeals, barristers, disciplinary procedures, inns of court, news, time limits by sally

‘Anomalies in the appointment of panel members to Bar disciplinary tribunals between 2006 and 2011 did not affect the validity of their findings, the Court of Appeal decided yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 17th December 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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QASA barristers in last throw of the dice with appeal to Supreme Court – Legal Futures

‘Four criminal law barristers have appealed to the Supreme Court in their judicial review of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) – despite a costs bill which already totals £215,000, Legal Futures can reveal.’

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Legal Futures, 17th December 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Declaration 2014: Legal Professional Privilege is vital to a fair trial – The Bar Council

‘Legal chiefs and academics today demanded new laws to stop police and security services from spying on meetings between lawyers and their clients.’

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The Bar Council, 9th December 2014

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Representing Transgendered Clients – a guide for family lawyers – Family Law Week

‘Lyndsey Sambrooks-Wright, barrister of 2 Dr Johnson’s Buildings, offers a guide to the Gender Recognition Act 2004.’

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Family Law week, 11th December 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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“Named and shamed” barrister hits back at “misleading” ombudsman – Legal Futures

Posted December 12th, 2014 in barristers, complaints, disciplinary procedures, legal ombudsman, news by sally

‘The first lawyer to be “named and shamed” by the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) for a series of complaints has argued that he is only “trying to adapt to new market forces”.’

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Legal Futures, 12th December 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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“We’re all in this together”, says incoming Bar Council Chairman in Inaugural Address – The Bar Council

Posted December 10th, 2014 in barristers, budgets, fees, judicial review, legal aid, news by sally

‘Incoming Chairman of the Bar Council, Alistair MacDonald QC, has pledged he will “continue the excellent work” started by predecessors Maura McGowan QC and outgoing Chairman, Nicholas Lavender QC, in preventing further cuts to legal aid, in order to defend a “proud and independent profession”.’

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The Bar Council, 9th December 2014

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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New Bar leader: young barristers should take place of paid McKenzie Friends – Legal Futures

Posted December 10th, 2014 in barristers, fees, McKenzie friends, news, solicitors by sally

‘Junior barristers should get themselves accredited for direct access work and act in cases where people are currently relying on paid McKenzie Friends, the incoming Bar Council chairman has said as he promised to promote direct access to the public.’

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Legal Futures, 10th December 2014

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Public access barrister named as ‘a risk’ to clients – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 9th, 2014 in barristers, complaints, disciplinary procedures, disclosure, legal ombudsman, news by sally

‘The Legal Ombudsman has taken the unprecedented step of naming a lawyer who has been subject to 25 complaints in the past two years.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 9th December 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Judicial Review: Common sense and the separation of powers – The Bar Council

Posted December 9th, 2014 in barristers, judicial review, news by sally

‘Just one day before the Lords vote on Government attempts to restrict judicial review, Bar Council Chairman Nicholas Lavender explains why the Lord Chancellor cannot be the judge in his own case.’

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The Bar Council, 8th December 2014

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Ethnic minority lawyers nearly four times less likely to be appointed as judges – The Independent

‘Black and minority ethnic lawyers are nearly four times less likely to be appointed as judges than white candidates, according to the latest statistics from the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC), prompting calls for targets to be introduced.’

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The Independent, 7th December 2014

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BSB apologises for failing to review contractual terms and cab-rank rule – Legal Futures

Posted December 5th, 2014 in barristers, contracts, Legal Services Board, news by sally

‘Vanessa Davies, director of the Bar Standards Board (BSB), has apologised “for any impression that may have been created that we do not take our regulatory obligations seriously” after the BSB failed to launch a review of the standard contractual terms and the cab-rank rule.’

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Legal Futures, 5th December 2014

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Barrister convicted of CS gas offences disbarred after second disciplinary hearing – Legal Futures

Posted December 4th, 2014 in barristers, criminal records, disciplinary procedures, disqualification, news by sally

‘A barrister who successfully appealed the decision of a previous disciplinary tribunal was yesterday ordered by a new tribunal panel to be disbarred.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd December 2014

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Bar Council warns on potential “cost to quality” from CPD move – Legal Futures

Posted December 4th, 2014 in barristers, continuing professional development, news, quality assurance by sally

‘The Bar Council has warned of a potential “cost to quality”, following an announcement from the Bar Standards Board (BSB) that from next month it will only accredit CPD providers, and not individual courses.’

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Legal Futures, 4th December 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Lawyers and their Regulators: What Next? – Nicholas Lavender QC, Chairman of the Bar Council

Lawyers and their Regulators: What Next? (PDF)

Nicholas Lavender QC, Chairman of the Bar Council

The Bar Council, 24th November 2014

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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LSB approves BSB’s application to regulate entities – Bar Standards Board

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is pleased to confirm that its application to the Legal Services Board (LSB) to become a regulator of entities – businesses authorised to carry out and provide reserved legal activities – has been approved.’

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Bar Standards Board, 2nd December 2014

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Speech to the Bar Conference – Nicholas Lavender QC, Chairman of the Bar Council

Speech to the Bar Conference (PDF)

Nicholas Lavender QC, Chairman of the Bar Council

The Bar Council, 8th November 2014

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Implementation of Bar Tribunal arrangements “progressing well” – Bar Standards Board

Posted December 1st, 2014 in barristers, press releases, reports, tribunals by tracey

‘A Bar Standards Board (BSB) annual report into the arrangements relating to the operation of the independent Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service (BTAS) has found no significant issues to report and improvements in the service being sustained.’

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Bar Standards Board, 28th November 2014

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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‘No obvious benefit’: Bar Council concerned over proposed dual-contracting model – The Bar Council

Posted December 1st, 2014 in barristers, consultations, contracts, criminal justice, legal aid, press releases by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice response to the “Transforming Legal Aid: Crime Duty Contracts” consultation, published today, will be of concern to all lawyers engaged in criminal defence work, and especially to solicitors firms with criminal legal aid contracts.’

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MOJ response

The Bar Council, 27th November 2014

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Rule out notion of costly, one-size-fits-all super-regulator, says Bar Council Chairman – The Bar Council

‘Constantly changing the regulatory regime for legal services is costly and lawyers need time to let the current regime bed in, the Bar Council chairman has said in a speech to regulators and prominent members of the legal sector.’

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The Bar Council, 25th November 2014

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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What makes a good Youth Court advocate? Have your say – Bar Standards Board

Posted November 26th, 2014 in advocacy, barristers, news, regulations, youth courts by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) and Ilex Professional Standards (IPS) have today called on barristers’ and chartered legal executives’ experiences and expertise to help the regulators establish the skills and knowledge required to work effectively and competently in the Youth Justice System.’

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Bar Standards Board, 24th November 2014

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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