Barristers threaten to walk out over legal aid cuts – The Guardian

Posted May 22nd, 2015 in barristers, budgets, legal aid, news by sally

‘Criminal barristers are threatening mass walkouts aimed at closing down the courts in protest against government cuts to legal aid.’
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The Guardian, 21st MAy 2015

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High Court: Tribunal right to disbar barrister who drafted false grounds of appeal – Legal Futures

Posted May 20th, 2015 in barristers, drafting, news, professional conduct, tribunals by sally

‘The High Court has upheld the disbarment of a barrister accused of drafting false grounds of appeal for a client found guilty on drugs charges.’
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Legal Futures, 19th May 2015

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Wasted costs ordered against solicitor and counsel and case struck out – Free Movement

Posted May 15th, 2015 in barristers, costs, judicial review, law firms, news, striking out, tribunals by tracey

‘In the case of R (on the application of SN) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (striking out – principles) IJR [2015] UKUT 227(IAC) the President of the Upper Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber not only strikes out the applicant’s judicial review claim but also goes on to make a wasted costs order against both the solicitors and counsel involved in the case.’

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Free Movement, 14th May 2015

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BSB seeks power to shut down chambers – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has proposed that it should be given, for the first time, the power to intervene in barristers’ practices and chambers.’

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Legal Futures, 15th May 2015

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Regulator seeks new powers – Bar Standards Board

Posted May 12th, 2015 in barristers, consultations, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has said that it needs new statutory powers to step into barristers’ failing chambers, companies and partnerships properly to protect the interests of clients where something has gone seriously wrong.’

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Bar Standards Board, 12th May 2015

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Wellbeing at the Bar report – The Bar Council

Posted May 12th, 2015 in barristers, mental health, reports by tracey

‘The Wellbeing at the Bar Programme was developed to look in greater detail at the unique aspects of a barristers’ working environment and how this impacts on psychological health and wellbeing.’

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The Bar Council, 11th May 2015

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Stress taking its toll on barristers, survey shows – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 12th, 2015 in barristers, mental health, news by tracey

‘One in eight barristers are “emotionally exhausted” and more than half do not sleep properly. These are among the shocking findings of the most comprehensive survey of barristers’ wellbeing yet conducted, published by the Bar Council today.’

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Law Society Gazette, 11th May 2015

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High Court refuses 100% success fee because trial had not started – Litigation Futures

‘The High Court has refused to allow a personal injury claimant a 100% success fee on the grounds that a trial had not started before the case was settled, even though a hearing had begun.’

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Litigation Futures, 8th May 2015

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Pupillages fall as work at bar shrinks – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 1st, 2015 in barristers, news, pupillage, statistics by tracey

‘The downward trend in the number of bar pupillages is continuing, reflecting a fall in the availability of work, statistics released by the bar’s regulator suggest.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 29th April 2015

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Fewer barriers for women in judiciary than the bar – LCJ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 29th, 2015 in barristers, equality, human rights, judiciary, legal aid, news, women by sally

‘The barrier to women progressing further in the judiciary has gone, but more needs to be done to remove the glass ceiling at the bar, the lord chief justice said last night.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 28th April 2015

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Single-person ‘firms’ dominate first tranche of barrister entities – Legal Futures

Posted April 27th, 2015 in alternative business structures, barristers, indemnities, insurance, news by sally

‘All but one of the entities authorised by the Bar Standards Board since the beginning of this month consist of a single barrister, with the other made up of two barristers, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 27th April 2015

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Disbarred barrister jailed for defrauding parents of SEN children – Legal Futures

Posted April 27th, 2015 in barristers, disciplinary procedures, fraud, news, sentencing by sally

‘A disbarred barrister was jailed for fraud last week after taking money from the parents of children with special educational needs but failing to appear at court.’

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Legal Futures, 27th April 2015

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“Professional Statement” could be the key to unlocking flexible routes to the Bar, says regulator – Bar Standards Board

‘Using a Professional Statement to define what a newly authorised barrister should be able to do from “day one” – the point of being issued a Full Practising Certificate – could be the key to making qualification routes to the Bar more flexible and innovative, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has said.’

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Bar Standards Board, 15th April 2015

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Fairness in the courts: the best we can do – Speech by Lord Neuberger

Fairness in the courts: the best we can do (PDF)

Speech by Lord Neuberger

Supreme Court, 10th April 2015

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High Court judge urges commercial practitioners to cut out the insults – Litigation Futures

Posted April 17th, 2015 in barristers, costs, news, professional conduct, solicitors by sally

‘There is an “urgent need for commercial practitioners to bring a sense of proportion” to hard-fought litigation, a High Court judge said yesterday as he called on lawyers to bring down, rather than raise, the temperature of disputes.’

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Litigation Futures, 17th April 2015

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The cab-rank rule – are its days numbered? – Legal Futures

Posted April 16th, 2015 in barristers, consultations, news, reports by sally

‘‘The cab-rank rule is dead, long live the cab-rank principle’, or words to that effect, may be heard before too long..’

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Legal Futures, 16th April 2014

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New legal services businesses now being authorised by regulator – Bar Standards Board

Posted April 10th, 2015 in alternative business structures, barristers, press releases by tracey

‘The barristers’ regulator, the Bar Standards Board (BSB), has today approved 15 new businesses as it begins authorising BSB-regulated entities – companies or partnerships that provide advocacy, litigation, and expert legal advice services.’

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Bar Standards Board, 8th April 2015

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New legal services businesses now being authorised by regulator – Bar Standards Board

Posted April 9th, 2015 in barristers, legal services, news by sally

‘The barristers’ regulator, the Bar Standards Board (BSB), has today approved 15 new businesses as it begins authorising BSB-regulated entities – companies or partnerships that provide advocacy, litigation, and expert legal advice services.’

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Bar Standards Board, 8th April 2015

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The Rivlin Report – the Bar talking to itself? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted April 7th, 2015 in barristers, case management, fees, guilty pleas, legal education, news, reports, trials by sally

‘The last of the three “state of the Bar” reports, the “Criminal Justice, Advocacy and the Bar” Report by the Criminal Justice Reform Group (generally known as the Rivlin Report) was released shortly before Easter. Unlike Leveson and Jeffrey’s, the MoJ did not commit to consider this report before deciding on the future of legal aid provision. As this was a report commissioned by the Bar Council (the report itself acknowledges “we should stress that the substance of this Report, and the recommendations which accompany it, are independent and made on behalf of the Bar”), this may not have been a bad call by the MoJ.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 7th April 2015

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Keep legal executives out of the Crown Court, Rivlin report demands – Legal Futures

‘A report for the Bar Council on the future of criminal justice and advocacy has recommended that legal executives are kept out of the Crown Courts, while solicitors should only be granted rights of audience if they have undergone the same level of training as barristers.’

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Legal Futures, 31st March 2015

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