‘Arrogant’ barrister has contempt finding set aside – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A barrister accused of ‘breathtaking arrogance’ has had a contempt finding against him set aside, but been referred to the bar’s regulator.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd July 2014

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Diplomat to chair Bar Standards Board – Legal Futures

Posted July 24th, 2014 in barristers, diplomats, news by sally

‘Sir Andrew Burns, a career diplomat, has been chosen to replace Baroness Ruth Deech as chair of the Bar Standards Board (BSB) from 1 January 2015.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd July 2014

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Criminal bar takes QASA challenge to appeal court – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 17th, 2014 in appeals, barristers, news, quality assurance by tracey

‘The criminal bar has begun the next stage of its challenge to the introduction of the controversial Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA).’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 16th July 2014

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Bar Council reveals preliminary findings of its impact of LASPO survey – The Bar Council

‘The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has today presented its preliminary findings from a major survey conducted to assess the impact of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) 2012.’

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The Bar Council, 12th July 2014

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Barristers suffering post-LASPO, says survey – Litigation Futures

Posted July 14th, 2014 in barristers, fees, legal aid, news, remuneration by sally

‘More than half of barristers conducting civil litigation have seen their income fall since implementation of the Jackson reforms, Bar Council research has found.’

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Litigation Futures, 14th July 2014

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Grayling agrees legal aid truce with barristers over complex fraud trials – The Guardian

Posted July 8th, 2014 in barristers, costs, fees, legal aid, Ministry of Justice, news, trials by tracey

‘Barristers and the justice secretary, Chris Grayling, have agreed a temporary truce in a dispute that threatened to halt all complex fraud trials. Amid taunts of a government climbdown, the Ministry of Justice has enforced a 30% cut in legal aid fees for what are known as Very High Cost Cases (VHCC) but agreed to make more generous payments at an earlier stage in court proceedings.’

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The Guardian, 8th July 2014

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Practitioner bodies berate ‘face-saving’ bar deal – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 8th, 2014 in barristers, fees, legal aid, Ministry of Justice, news, solicitors by tracey

‘The “backroom” deal agreed by the Ministry of Justice to end the VHCC fee dispute with barristers has been sharply criticised for excluding solicitors who are the “backbone” of the system.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 8th July 2014

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Bar Council and BSB confirm big drop in number of new tenancies – Legal Futures

Posted July 3rd, 2014 in barristers, diversity, news by sally

‘The number of tenancies available for newly qualified barristers fell dramatically in the most recent year for which figures are available – but not as badly as had been feared.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd July 2014

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Barristers lay out plans for range of new entities – Legal Futures

Posted July 1st, 2014 in alternative business structures, barristers, news by sally

‘Barristers are looking at creating a wide range of legal businesses – with solicitors, paralegals and others – once the Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) application to become an entity regulator is approved, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 1st July 2014

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Project pits women’s success stories against “negative narrative of diversity debate” – Legal Futures

Posted June 30th, 2014 in barristers, diversity, equality, legal profession, news, solicitors, statistics, women by sally

‘A five-year project to celebrate the achievements of women lawyers has been launched, culminating at the centenary of the Act of Parliament which abolished the bar on their entry into the profession.’

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Legal Futures, 27th June 2014

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Barrister to be disbarred for dishonesty – Bar Standards Board

Posted June 25th, 2014 in barristers, disciplinary procedures, dismissal, news by sally

‘A barrister who lied about her employment status and history, with the intention of gaining financially, was last week ordered by an independent disciplinary tribunal to be disbarred from the profession.’

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Bar Standards Board, 24th June 2014

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Bar Council and Bar Standards Board Release Barristers’ Working Lives Survey Results – The Bar Council

Posted June 20th, 2014 in barristers, employment, press releases, remuneration, statistics by tracey

‘The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, and the Bar Standards Board (BSB), the regulator of barristers in England and Wales, today released the report Barristers’ Working Lives, which reveals results from the second biennial survey of the Bar.’

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The Bar Council, 18th June 2014

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Barristers move towards ABS, survey says – Legal Futures

Posted June 19th, 2014 in alternative business structures, barristers, news, statistics by sally

‘Nearly one in five criminal and family barristers are considering joining alternative business structures (ABS) with non-lawyer owners, while four out of 10 of all barristers plan to apply, or are thinking of applying, for authorisation to conduct litigation, according to a major survey.’

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Legal Futures, 19th June 2014

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BSB bids to improve barristers’ reporting of certain diversity data – from abysmal to awful – Legal Futures

Posted June 13th, 2014 in barristers, diversity, news, statistics by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board has set itself a minimum target of 30% for diversity data collection from barristers on sexuality, religion and disability.’

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Legal Futures, 13th June 2014

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Trainee barrister accused boyfriend of rape to get out of sitting legal exams – Daily Telegraph

‘Rhiannon Brooker, a trainee lawyer, faces jail after being found guilty of make up allegations of rape and assault against her boyfriend.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th June 2014

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New Equality objectives for 2014-15 – Bar Standards Board

Posted June 4th, 2014 in barristers, disclosure, diversity, equality, harassment, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has developed and adopted five new equality objectives for 2014-15.’

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Bar Standards Board, 3rd June 2014

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Professionals who do legal work for gangsters face prosecution under new offence – The Independent

‘Crooked accountants, lawyers and other professionals who profit from crime but are beyond the reach of the law will be targeted under measures to be announced in tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech.’

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The Independent, 3rd June 2014

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New crackdown on corrupt lawyers who help criminals – BBC News

‘Lawyers, couriers and accountants could be jailed if they turn a blind eye to criminal activity they profit from, under Home Office plans.’

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BBC News, 3rd June 2014

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Nuptial Agreements: Limiting the Family Lawyer’s Exposure to Negligence Claims – Family Law Week

Posted May 28th, 2014 in barristers, drafting, negligence, news, prenuptial agreements, solicitors by sally

‘The authors consider whether family lawyers are assuming unlimited liability when advising upon or drafting nuptial agreements and look at the practicalities of limiting that liability.’

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Family Law Week, 21st May 2014

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Fraud trial legal aid ruling overturned by appeal court – The Guardian

Posted May 21st, 2014 in appeals, barristers, budgets, costs, fraud, judges, legal aid, legal representation, news by tracey

‘A £4.5m fraud trial halted due to disputes over legal aid cuts has been restarted after the court of appeal ruled that the defendants could receive a fair trial.’

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The Guardian, 21st May 2014

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