Barristers at risk of being squeezed out of market, regulator warns – Legal Futures

‘Barristers are at risk of being “squeezed out of the market by a declining case load, a surfeit of barristers and increasing competition from both other regulated legal professionals as well as unregulated service providers”, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 8th February 2016

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‘Steps of court’ settlement was not negligent, court rules – OUT-LAW.com

‘A barrister and firm of solicitors did not act negligently when they advised a client to settle her road traffic accident (RTA) claim after her main witness failed to attend court, the High Court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th February 2016

Source: www.out-law.com

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Profession gets to work on Jackson’s vision of a contingent legal aid fund – Litigation Futures

‘The Bar Council, Law Society and Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) have already begun talks on forming a working party that will take forward Lord Justice Jackson’s call for a contingent legal aid fund (CLAF), it has emerged.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th February 2016

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Speech by Lord Justice Jackson – The Case for a CLAF – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Lord Justice Jackson gave the keynote speech at the Solicitors’ Costs Conference on 2 February 2016.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 4th February 2016

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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BSB publishes its response to the CMA legal services market study’s statement of scope – Bar Standards Board

Posted February 8th, 2016 in barristers, competition, legal services, licensing, news by tracey

‘The BSB is pleased to make public its response to the Competition and Market Authority’s (CMA’s) “Statement of Scope” for its legal services market study.’

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Bar Standards Board, 5th February 2016

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Fixed Costs Proposal Raises Questions on Access to Justice – The Bar Council

Posted February 4th, 2016 in barristers, costs, indexation, press releases by tracey

‘Bar Council Chair Chantal-Aimée Doerries QChas responded to Lord Justice Jackson’s speech on 28 January 2016 to the Insolvency Practitioners’ Association, “Fixed Costs – The Time has come”, calling for recoverable costs to be fixed in all claims valued at up to £250,000.’

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The Bar Council, 1st February 2016

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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The Bar regulator publishes responses to the Future Bar Training consultation – Bar Standards Board

Posted February 1st, 2016 in barristers, consultations, legal education, press releases, standards by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) published today the summary of initial responses it received to its consultation launched in the summer of 2015 on the academic, vocational and pupillage requirements to become qualified as a barrister.’

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Bar Standards Board, 1st February 2016

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Bar regulator publishes report on diversity at the Bar – Bar Standards Board

Posted January 29th, 2016 in barristers, diversity, news, reports by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its annual report for 2015 on the diversity of the profession.’

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Bar Standards Board, 29th January 2016

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Bar Council welcomes Lord Chancellor’s decision to scrap two-tier contracting – The Bar Council

‘The Bar Council has welcomed the Lord Chancellor’s announcement today that the Government is to dispense with the two-tier contracting system.’

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The Bar Council, 28th January 2016

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Students call on the Bar Council to move Pupillage Gateway timetable – The Bar Council

Posted January 18th, 2016 in barristers, consultations, legal education, press releases, pupillage by tracey

‘Following calls from students and chambers, the Bar Council will be moving the Pupillage Gateway timetable starting in January 2017.’

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The Bar Council, 18th January 2016

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Legal Professional Privilege for Prisoners – The Bar Council

‘Justice Minister Andrew Selous MP has explained the authorisation process for listening in to communications between lawyers and clients in prisons. The parliamentary written answer, published yesterday, suggests that the prison service effectively self-authorises breaches of legal professional privilege (LPP).’

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The Bar Council, 13th January 2016

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Bar regulator seeks women’s experiences at the Bar, launches survey – The Bar Council

Posted January 13th, 2016 in barristers, diversity, equality, news, women by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has launched a survey today to better understand women’s experiences of the equality rules of the BSB Handbook.’

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The Bar Council, 12th January 2016

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Maximising Fixed Costs – In the Protocol and out of it – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted January 12th, 2016 in barristers, civil procedure rules, costs, London, news, solicitors by sally

‘With costs for low value PI claims being stripped to bare bones and further cuts on the horizon, maximising fixed costs is essential. In this article, Jasmine Murphy asks the question: Have we all been missing a trick? The trick in this case is another eighth of the costs allowed in fixed costs cases.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 4th January 2016

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

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Barristers with public law practices strongly represented in 2016 silk round – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 12th, 2016 in barristers, news, queen's counsel by sally

‘Barristers who act in cases affecting public bodies are well represented among the 107 new Queen’s Counsel announced in this year’s silk round.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th January 2016

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Barristers who work for free could be breaching referral fee ban, Bar Council warns – Legal Futures

Posted January 7th, 2016 in barristers, fees, law firms, magistrates, news, pro bono work, professional conduct by sally

‘Criminal barristers who agree to work for law firms “for no fee” could be breaching the referral fee ban, the Bar Council has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 7th January 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Earnings of criminal legal aid barristers fall 8% in two years – Legal Futures

Posted December 18th, 2015 in barristers, criminal justice, legal aid, news, remuneration by tracey

‘The fee income of Crown Court legal aid barristers from the Advocated Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS) has fallen by 8% in the last two years, new figures have shown.’

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Legal Futures, 18th December 2015

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BSB metes out hefty punishment to pupil who copied skeleton for moot – Legal Futures

Posted December 16th, 2015 in barristers, disciplinary procedures, fines, news, plagiarism, professional conduct by sally

‘A pupil barrister who dishonestly copied his skeleton argument for a moot has been reprimanded and fined £1,000 by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) – the strongest penalty meted out directly by the regulator this year.’

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Legal Futures, 16th December 2015

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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BSB reveals low expectations of ABS take-up – Legal Futures

Posted December 15th, 2015 in alternative business structures, barristers, consultations, news by sally

‘The Bar Standard Board (BSB) expects to regulate just 20 alternative business structures (ABS) each year in the first three years after it becomes a licensing authority.’

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Legal Futures, 15th December 2015

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Bar regulator announces consultations on the cost of regulatory activities, including ABSs – Bar Standards Board

Posted December 11th, 2015 in alternative business structures, barristers, consultations, news by tracey

‘The fees and charges for a number of regulatory activities and Alternative Business Structures (ABSs) are the focus of two separate consultations the regulator has launched today.’

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Bar Standards Board, 10th December 2015

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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New Bar chairman: the BSB is independent enough – Legal Futures

Posted December 9th, 2015 in barristers, fees, legal aid, legal services, news, public interest, standards by sally

‘The current arrangements for the regulation of barristers are “relatively cost-efficient” and there is no need to make the Bar Standards Board (BSB) fully independent, the incoming chairman of the Bar Council has said.’

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Legal Futures, 9th December 2015

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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