Fall in number of magistrates ‘will mean less diversity’ – The Guardian

Posted June 23rd, 2016 in diversity, inquiries, judiciary, magistrates, news, select committees, statistics by sally

‘A sharp fall in the number of magistrates in England and Wales will ensure that those on the bench remain overwhelmingly white and elderly, the government has been warned.’

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The Guardian, 22nd June 2016

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‘Equal merit’ diversity rule applied in 14 judicial appointments – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) selected candidates for the specific purpose of increasing diversity in 14 recommendations, according to the commission’s latest statistics bulletin published today.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd June 2016

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White lawyers three times more likely to be appointed as recorders – The Guardian

Posted June 3rd, 2016 in diversity, equality, judiciary, news, statistics by sally

‘White applicants are three times more likely to be appointed as recorders than lawyers from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, according to the Bar Council.’

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The Guardian, 2nd June 2016

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Chambers in “widespread non-compliance” with diversity rules, study finds – Legal Futures

‘Large numbers of barristers’ chambers are flouting an obligation to publish diversity data and the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has been “unsophisticated” in its implementation of Legal Services Board (LSB) diversity rules, an influential academic has charged.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd May 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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BSB echoes Bar Council concerns on equality and access to justice – The Bar Council

‘The Chairman of the Bar Council, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC has signalled agreement with the Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) concern for equality and diversity in the profession. As the independent regulator reported in its recently published Risk Outlook yesterday, the Bar Council also welcomed the focus on access to justice and on ensuring that consumers’ needs are properly met following the prolonged period of cuts to our system of justice.’

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The Bar Council, 18th May 2016

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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BSB’s Strategic Plan and Risk Outlook launch provokes lively debate – Bar Standards Board

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) officially launched its Strategic Plan 2016-19 and Risk Outlook last month at a function in central London, to an audience of barristers, representative bodies of the Bar, legal consumer organisations and diversity groups.’

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Bar Standards Board, 17th May 2016

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Almost half of solicitors in England and Wales are women, study shows – The Guardian

Posted May 17th, 2016 in costs, diversity, equality, law firms, news, statistics, women by sally

‘Almost half of all solicitors in England and Wales are women and almost a fifth are from non-white backgrounds, according to the latest figures.’

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The Guardian, 17th May 2016

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Report: ABSs punch well above their weight – Legal Futures

‘Alternative business structures (ABS) make up just 4% of all solicitors’ firms but contributed 11% of the profession’s turnover, research has revealed.’

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Legal Futures, 27th April 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Risk-based approach to regulating the Bar: the regulator publishes its Framework, Index and Outlook – Bar Standards Board

‘The BSB is today publishing three documents about its approach to risk-based regulation.’

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Bar Standards Board, 5th April 2016

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Bar’s “tribal culture” a barrier to clients and diversity, says BSB report – Legal Futures

‘Barristers have a vital role in helping clients and witnesses understand the legal system but their own “distinct and tribal culture” is a barrier to doing so, a Bar Standards Board (BSB) report has found.’

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Legal Futures, 4th April 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Lammy Review of BAME representation in the Criminal Justice System: call for evidence – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 21st, 2016 in criminal justice, diversity, equality, evidence, press releases by tracey

‘In January 2016 the Prime Minister invited David Lammy MP to find out why official figures show that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups appear to be over-represented at most stages of the criminal justice system, and what can be done about it. This is an independent review. It aims to make sure that everyone is treated equally, whatever their ethnicity.’

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Ministry of Justice, 21st March 2016

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BSB publishes report on diversity within its complaints-handling system – Bar Standards Board

Posted February 26th, 2016 in barristers, complaints, diversity, news, reports by tracey

‘Monitoring complaints against barristers to make sure disciplinary processes are carried out in a fair and unbiased manner has always been a priority for the Bar Standards Board (BSB).’

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Bar Standards Board, 24th February 2016

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Qualifying as a barrister ‘may cost new students up to £127,000’ – The Guardian

Posted February 23rd, 2016 in barristers, diversity, legal education, news, universities by sally

‘Students beginning university may have to spend up to £127,000 to qualify as a barrister, the new chair of the Bar Council has warned.’

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The Guardian, 23rd February 2016

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Women in law: what needs to change – The Future of Law

Posted February 22nd, 2016 in diversity, equality, legal profession, news, statistics, women by sally

‘Why are there so few women at the top of the legal profession? Just one in five partners in top-20 firms is a woman, and just eight hold senior management roles in the top 50 firms, despite the fact that more women enter the profession than men. FLUX asked four senior lawyers for their take on the challenges and solutions.’

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The Future of Law, 22nd Febraury 2016

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UK courtrooms do not reflect diversity of the communities they serve, judge says – The Independent

Posted February 4th, 2016 in diversity, judges, judiciary, news by tracey

‘Schools and policymakers have a responsibility to address the lack of diversity in the judiciary to better reflect society as a whole, a top judge has said. The UK’s “white, middle-class, middle-aged, male” courtrooms do not represent the diverse communities they are supposed to serve, Judge Wendy Joseph QC said, emphasising her strong desire for “change”.’

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The Independent, 4th February 2016

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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

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Higher education reform much-needed, but government must take time to get the framework right, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

‘Reforming higher education in England is both long overdue, and vitally needed to protect the sector’s hard-won reputation.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th January 2016

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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

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Bar Council warns of threat to judiciary from lack of diversity among QCs – Litigation Futures

Posted January 13th, 2016 in diversity, judiciary, news, queen's counsel by sally

‘The senior judiciary “may not reflect the communities it seeks to serve” because of a lack of ethnic minority and female QCs, the Bar Council has warned.’

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Litigation Futures, 13th January 2016

Source: www.litigationfutures.co.uk

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Number of female applicants for QC still stubbornly low, selectors say – The Guardian

Posted January 12th, 2016 in diversity, equality, news, queen's counsel, women by sally

‘The number of women applying for Queen’s Counsel remains “stubbornly low”, the appointments panel has said, after promoting 25 female barristers and solicitor advocates among a total of 107.’

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The Guardian, 11th January 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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