Bar Council report claims LASPO 2012 damages access to justice – The Bar Council

Posted September 18th, 2014 in barristers, civil justice, costs, delay, family courts, legal aid, litigants in person, reports by tracey

‘The Bar Council has today published a report, based on interviews and a survey of legal practitioners, assessing the impact of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) 2012 on our system of justice a year after implementation in April 2013.’

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The Bar Council, 18th September 2014

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Consumer panel calls into question barristers’ £500,000 indemnity limit – Litigation Futures

Posted September 17th, 2014 in barristers, indemnities, insurance, legal profession, legal services, news by tracey

‘The Legal Services Consumer Panel has called into question the existing minimum indemnity cover limit of £500,000 for barristers and called for more research before the limit is extended to firms regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).’

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Litigation Futures, 17th September 2014

Source: www.litigationfutures.co.uk

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A bold new vision for the treatment of victims – Ministry of Justice

‘Victims’ rights will be enshrined in law as part of a major set of reforms announced by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling today.’

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Ministry of Justice, 14th September 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

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We need more independence, BSB director says – Legalfutures

Posted September 12th, 2014 in barristers, consumer protection, legal representation, legal services, news by tracey

‘Dr Vanessa Davies, director of the Bar Standards Board (BSB), has made it clear that the regulator will push for more independence in the future.’

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Legalfutures, 12th September 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Bar Standards Board launches consultation on entity authorisation fees – Bar Standards Board

Posted September 12th, 2014 in barristers, consultations, fees, legal services, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today issued an open consultation paper outlining its ideas on how much it should charge for authorising entities. Entities are organisations that provide advocacy, litigation, and expert legal advice services and which, in this instance, are owned and managed by barristers and other lawyers.’

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Bar Standards Board, 11th September 2014

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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“New normal” – what it means for the Bar – The Future of Law

Posted September 9th, 2014 in barristers, legal services, news by sally

We’ve read about it to the point of exasperation. The “new normal” for the legal services market. Basically, a shift in buying behaviours in a changing market environment, brought about by a compelling combination of external factors over a period of time, with increased competition from new market entrants thrown into the mix.

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The Future of Law, 9th September 2014

Source: www.blogs.lexisnexis.co.uk

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A practical approach to advising vulnerable clients – The Future of Law

‘A vulnerable person is anyone aged 18 and over who needs assistance because of mental or other disability, age or illness, is unable to take care of him or herself and is unable to protect themselves against significant harm or exploitation.’

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The Future of Law, 5th September 2014

Source: www.blogs.lexisnexis.co.uk

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Judge reprimands lawyer for dressing like ‘something out of Harry Potter’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 1st, 2014 in barristers, court dress, news, peerages & dignities, solicitor advocates by sally

‘Judge David Wynn Morgan asks the lawyer, who had been referring to himself as Lord Harley, why he was wearing colourful ribbons and badges on his robes.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th August 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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How to protect yourself from data breaches – The Future of Law

‘Barristers and solicitors need to make sure they keep personal information secure, especially information on paper files, says a statement from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). This warning follows a number of data breaches reported to the ICO over the last few months involving the legal profession.’

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The Future of Law, 26th August 2014

Source: www.blogs.lexisnexis.co.uk

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Barristers’ clerks leader condemns “scandalous” local authority portal scheme – Legal Futures

Posted August 22nd, 2014 in barristers, barristers' clerks, fees, local government, news, tenders by tracey

‘A barrister portal scheme operated by the North West Legal Consortium, a group of over 30 local authorities, has been condemned as “scandalous” by the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks (IBC).’

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Legal Futures, 22nd August 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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‘Failure to cooperate’ case prompts ombudsman review – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Legal Ombudsman (LeO) is to review its internal investigations guidance after a barrister was cleared of misconduct due to its own “failure to cooperate” with the disciplinary process.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 19th August 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Barrister cleared of misconduct because of ombudsman’s “failure to co-operate” – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Disciplinary Tribunal has told the Legal Ombudsman that “co-operation is a two-way process”, in a case involving a failure to share information with the lawyer who was the subject of a complaint.’

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Legal Futures, 19th August 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Barristers’ clerks attack law firms over contract payment terms – Legal Futures

‘Law firms are imposing contracts on barristers they would never sign themselves, the chair of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks (IBC) has said.’

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Legal Futures, 18th August 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Tax barristers should report colleagues who break rules, Davies says – Legal Futures

‘Tax barristers who have evidence of colleagues breaking the rules should report it to the Bar Standards Board (BSB), chief executive Dr Vanessa Davies has said.’

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Legal Futures, 12th August 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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QASA challenge could cost criminal barristers £215,000 – Legal Futures

Posted August 11th, 2014 in appeals, barristers, costs, news, protective costs orders, quality assurance by sally

‘The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) and circuits could face a £65,000 bill – nearly twice what they had hoped for – if their Court of Appeal bid to derail the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) fails, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 11th August 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Visitors uphold fine for pupillage head who ignored online applications – Legal Futures

‘The Bar’s disciplinary tribunal was right to fine the head of a pupillage committee at a London chambers that ignored 98 online applications, the Visitors to the Inns of Court have ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 11th August 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Information Commissioner sounds alarm over lawyers’ handling of personal data – Legal Futures

‘The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued a warning to solicitors and barristers over the need to keep personal information secure, especially paper files, in the wake of “a number of data breaches” in recent months.’

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Legal Futures, 6th August 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Lawyers must step up data protection measures after series of breaches, says watchdog – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 6th, 2014 in barristers, data protection, documents, news, ombudsmen, privacy, solicitors by sally

‘Christopher Graham, the Information Commissioner, highlights a series of recent privacy breaches by barristers and solicitors.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th August 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Union law review frozen after barrister objects to ministerial statements – The Guardian

Posted August 6th, 2014 in barristers, industrial action, inquiries, news, political parties, trade unions by sally

‘An independent review of laws governing industrial disputes has been dramatically scaled back after the QC in charge objected to recent ministerial announcements on introducing anti-strike laws.’

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The Guardian, 5th August 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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High Court overturns tribunal’s decision on barrister accused of concealing convictions – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has quashed the decision of a Bar disciplinary tribunal, which resulted in a barrister being disbarred and fined £3,000 following accusations that he failed to disclose criminal convictions.’

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Legal Futures, 5th August 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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