Criminal bar chief targets ‘corruption’ of defence work – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 26th, 2016 in advocacy, barristers, criminal justice, news by sally

‘The leader of the criminal bar has urged the government to get on with advocacy reforms to fix a sector troubled by corruption and poor business models.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd September 2016

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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BREXIT: What now for the Bar? – Counsel

Posted September 26th, 2016 in barristers, EC law, legal services, news, referendums by sally

‘Evanna Fruithof outlines Brexit’s implications for barristers across practice area.’

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Counsel, October 2016

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

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Law Society and Bar Council condemn regulators for “attacks” on profession – Legal Futures

Posted September 23rd, 2016 in barristers, consumer protection, legal services, news, solicitors by sally

‘The Law Society has raised its opposition to the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) plan to allow practising solicitors to operate from unregulated law firms to an unprecedented level, issuing a report that said there would be little or no economic benefit from the move.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd September 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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BSB publishes Professional Statement Threshold Standard and Competences for barristers – Bar Standards Board

Posted September 21st, 2016 in barristers, press releases, professional conduct, quality assurance by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a revised version of the Professional Statement, which now includes the Threshold Standard and Competences. It sets out in more detail the skills, knowledge and attributes which barristers are expected to have on “day one” of being issued with a practising certificate.’

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Bar Standards Board, 21st September 2016

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Profession expresses concern over online courts plan – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 20th, 2016 in barristers, civil justice, courts, criminal justice, internet, Law Society, news by tracey

‘Professional bodies have reacted sceptically to the government’s plans to introduce online courts, raising concerns that defendants could be placed at a disadvantage.’

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Law society’s Gazette, 16th September 2016

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Bar Council responds to the Joint Statement, Transforming our Justice System – The Bar Council

Posted September 16th, 2016 in barristers, consultations, courts, criminal justice, news, witnesses by tracey

‘Chairman of the Bar, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, commented on today’s Joint Statement from the Ministry of Justice, Lord Chief Justice and Senior President of Tribunals, Transforming our Justice System’

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The Bar Council, 15th September 2016

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Solicitors slam The Archers for creating ‘unrealistic’ expections of British legal system – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 12th, 2016 in barristers, BBC, domestic violence, legal profession, media, news, solicitors, trials by sally

‘Leading solicitors have complained they are being sidelined by The Archers’ trial plot which has given those accused of crimes unrealistic expectations from barristers.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th September 2016

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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LSB tells Bar regulator not to keep changing the pass mark for aptitude test – Legal Futures

Posted September 9th, 2016 in barristers, examinations, legal education, news by tracey

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has warned the Bar’s regulator that it cannot keep changing the cut score for the test would-be barristers have to pass before being allowed to take the Bar professional training course (BPTC).’

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Legal Futures, 8th September 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Bar regulator launches survey on the future of legal services delivery – Bar Standards Board

Posted September 9th, 2016 in barristers, consultations, legal services, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has launched an online survey into how legal services are being delivered by barristers.’

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Bar Standards Board, 8th September 2016

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Bar ethics chiefs issue advice and warning to criminal bar – The Bar Council

Posted September 8th, 2016 in appeals, barristers, crime, press releases by tracey

‘Barristers who were not trial counsel, but who are instructed to represent convicted defendants in the Criminal Division of the Court of Appeal have been given new guidance by the Bar Council’s Ethics Committee on their duty to check the factual basis for the appeal or risk criticism and action by the court.’

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The Bar Council, 7th September 2016

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Bar takes next step towards ABS licensing – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 7th, 2016 in alternative business structures, barristers, licensing, news by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board has announced a new step towards becoming a licensing body for alternative business structures by beginning the process of picking intervention agents. The regulator’s long-standing ambition to handle ABSs was approved by the Legal Services Board in March this year but the body is still awaiting formal designation by the lord chancellor.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 6th September 2016

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Bar Council raises fundamental concerns about CPD scheme shortly before launch – Legal Futures

Posted September 6th, 2016 in barristers, consultations, continuing professional development, news by sally

‘The Bar Council has slammed the Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) forthcoming continuing professional development (CPD) regime as being burdensome, complicated, unfit for purpose, and involving “pointless” self-assessment.’

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Legal Futures, 6th September 2016

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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

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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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

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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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

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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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

Source: www.gaurdian.co.uk

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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

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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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

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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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

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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