Law firms need to work on giving female barristers equal “crack of the whip” on instructions – Legal Futures

Posted September 3rd, 2015 in barristers, equality, law firms, news, women by sally

‘Male solicitors must be alert to their “unconscious assumptions” and ensure female barristers get an “equal crack of the whip in winning work on their merits”, the vice-chair of the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has said.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd September 2015

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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BSB seeks power to fine barristers cleared by disciplinary tribunals – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is seeking the power to impose fines of up to £1,000 on barristers cleared by disciplinary tribunals, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 21st August 2015

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Former lawyers convicted of providing illegal immigration advice – Legal Futures

‘A former solicitor and barrister have both been convicted and sentenced by magistrates for the providing unregulated immigration advice and services.’
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Legal Futures, 20th August 2015

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Remove ‘barristers’ from Victims’ Code, says Society – Law Society’s Gazette

‘‘Out-of-date’ references to barristers in a code of practice for crime victims should be amended, the Law Society has said in response to a Ministry of Justice consultation.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th August 2015

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Bar disciplinary tribunal to rehear disbarment overturned by Court of Appeal – Legal Futures

Posted August 17th, 2015 in barristers, disciplinary procedures, news, tribunals by sally

‘A long-running disciplinary case involving accusations that a barrister forged client care letters must be heard again, the Visitors to the Inns of Court have ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 17th August 2015

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BSB investigating 17 barristers at same chambers over complaints about behaviour towards pupils – Legal Futures

Posted August 13th, 2015 in barristers, complaints, news, pupillage, reports by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is investigating 17 barristers at the same chambers over complaints about a ‘failure to act appropriately towards pupils’, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 13th August 2015

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The BSB publishes Annual Report for 2014-15 – Bar Standards Board

Posted August 7th, 2015 in barristers, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has now published its 2014-2015 Annual Report which outlines the significant progress it has made towards its strategic aims.’

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Bar Standards Board, 3rd August 2015

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Slow off the blocks? BSB regulates fewer firms than expected as ABS launch date slips further – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB), which predicted at one point last year that it would authorise 400 firms in 2015, has approved only 32 in its first four months as an entity regulator, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 4th August 2015

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Three in four lawyers burnt out – The Lawyer

Posted July 31st, 2015 in barristers, health, legal profession, mental health, news, solicitors, statistics by sally

‘Nearly three in every four lawyers are suffering from burnout or worried about the condition, a survey of 1,000 lawyers has revealed.’
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The Lawyer, 31st July 2015

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Female barristers subjected to shocking levels of rampant sexism, says Bar report – The Independent

Posted July 28th, 2015 in barristers, news, reports, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘Shocking levels of rampant sexism still exist among barristers “existing in a children’s playground” who know they can get away with “grossly disrespectful” comments, according to a major Bar Council report.’

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The Independent, 24th July 2015

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Related link: Snapshot: The Experience of Self-Employed Women at the Bar

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Constance Briscoe avoids £89,000 in costs for perverting course of justice – The Guardian

Posted July 28th, 2015 in barristers, costs, news, perverting the course of justice by sally

‘One of Britain’s first black female judges has avoided paying thousands of pounds after her trial for lying to police investigating the Chris Huhne speeding points scandal.’

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The Guardian, 27th July 2015

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Solicitor-advocates harming family justice – bar – Law Society’s Gazette

‘he bar has called for an independent review of advocacy in family law, over ‘a growing concern’ that an increase in the number of solicitors in conduct hearings has led to a decline in standards and ‘unjust’ outcomes.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th July 2015

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McKenzie friends rebuff from bar – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 20th, 2015 in barristers, legal services, McKenzie friends, news, rights of audience by tracey

‘Paid McKenzie friends should not be allowed to speak in court, the Bar Council has said, responding to “serious concerns” about the negative impact they can have on the administration of justice.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th July 2015

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Chambers offers legal advice through ‘video surgeries’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 20th, 2015 in barristers, costs, internet, legal services, news, solicitors by tracey

‘Direct access barristers at a virtual chambers are offering advice through “video surgeries” in a bid to become the first port of call for legal services.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 201th July 2015

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Criminal Bar Association votes to take industrial action – BBC News

Posted July 16th, 2015 in barristers, industrial action, legal aid, news, solicitors by tracey

‘Criminal barristers in England and Wales have voted for industrial action to support solicitors taking action over government cuts to legal aid.’

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BBC News, 15th July 2015

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Gove announces review of Legal Services Act – Legal Futures

‘There will a review of the Legal Services Act 2007 during this Parliament, the Lord Chancellor Michael Gove announced today.’

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Legal Futures, 15th July 2015

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BSB criticises its training course but remains tight-lipped on future – Legal Futures

Posted July 13th, 2015 in barristers, consultations, legal education, news, standards by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has strongly criticised the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), while remaining tight-lipped as to whether it should be scrapped.’

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Legal Futures, 13th July 2015

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Barristers braced for new direct access push – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 13th, 2015 in barristers, costs, disciplinary procedures, internet, news, solicitors by tracey

‘Solicitors must come to terms with more competition from the bar, the chief executive of the Bar Council has told the Gazette, as the body ramps up support for barristers who want to take instructions direct from the public.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 13th July 2015

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Regulator consults on what could be the most sweeping reforms to Bar training in a generation; keen to seek views from all – Bar Standards Board

‘Future barristers may be able to achieve their career aspirations by a number of different, more flexible pathways if some of the approaches being considered by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) are implemented.’

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Bar Standards Board, 10th July 2015

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Gove promises action on criminal referral fees – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The lord chancellor is to crack down on the banned practice of referral fees in criminal proceedings.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 9th July 2015

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