Confidential Communication With Lawyers Is A Human Right, Even For Prisoners – RightsInfo

‘Part of being in prison is that your rights and freedom are restricted. But prisoners do retain some rights – this was re-confirmed by the highest UK court 15 years ago today.’

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RightsInfo, 23rd May 2016

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Lawyers given lesson in how to show their soft side as they face robot competition – Daily Telegraph

‘Lawyers have been given a lesson in how to show their emotional side amid rising concerns about robot competition.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th May 2016

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Barristers unhappy with BSB warning on commercial pressures – Legal Futures

‘Barristers have complained that the decision of their regulator to make public the risk of commercial pressures damaging the Bar could on its own have a negative impact on the profession’s reputation.’

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Legal Futures, 18th 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

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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

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The tech start-up planning to shake up the legal world – BBC News

Posted May 17th, 2016 in computer programs, law reports, legal profession, news by sally

‘A career in law and extremely long hours tend to go hand in hand. When you’re starting out it’s often particularly gruelling.’

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BBC News, 17th May 2016

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Profession unites to create mental health taskforce – The Lawyer

Posted May 16th, 2016 in legal profession, mental health, news by sally

‘Fifteen organisations from the legal profession have joined forces to create a new taskforce promoting mental wellbeing in the legal community.’

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The Lawyer, 16th May 2016

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Legal Services Board makes the case for regulatory independence – Legal Futures

‘The lack of independence between the legal regulators and representative bodies risks undermining the credibility of regulation and allows the likes of the Law Society and Bar Council to delay reforms that would benefit competition, the Legal Services Board (LSB) said yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 11th May 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Direct access barrister ‘no substitute’ for solicitor – judge – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Direct access barristers are no substitute for experienced solicitors, a judge has told a court, ruling that a woman was not advised on the proper process for appealing her council tax liability. ‘

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Law Society’s Gazette, 24th April 2016

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Legal aid cuts have led to surge in DIY defence, says charity – The Guardian

‘Miscarriages of justice and long delays in the criminal justice system are becoming more common because a growing number of people are having to represent themselves in court, legal experts have warned.’
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The Guardian, 23rd April 2016

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Susskind: online court is just the beginning – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The proposed online court is a “pragmatic first step” on the road to a fully integrated online and conventional court service, an influential body has predicted. Professor Richard Susskind (pictured), who leads a panel of experts on digital dispute resolution, said proposals by Lord Justice Briggs for an online court for small claims were to be welcomed.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 9th April 2016

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BSB warns commercial pressures driving barristers to take risks – Legal Futures

Posted April 7th, 2016 in barristers, complaints, legal profession, news by sally

‘Commercial pressures on barristers are causing high risk behaviours that are detectable in complaints received by the Bar Standards Board (BSB), an assessment of future regulatory dangers has revealed.’

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Legal Futures, 6th April 2016

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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

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Lawyers line up arguments against Online Court – Legal Futures

Posted March 15th, 2016 in barristers, courts, internet, Law Society, legal profession, news, reports, solicitors by sally

‘Responses to Lord Justice Briggs’ recommendation to create an Online Court (OC) have pitted sceptical solicitors and barristers against others who have given the scheme a more generous reception.’

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Legal Futures, 15th March 2016

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Senior judges are ‘feeling unloved’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 15th, 2016 in judges, judiciary, legal profession, news by sally

‘Retired as a Court of Appeal judge warns the judiciary get little thanks for its work.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th March 2016

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Ageing population will change demand for legal services, says 2025 report – Legal Futures

‘Britain’s changing demographics will mean a huge shift in demand for legal services, towards managing the wealth and lives of the growing proportion of elderly people in the population, according to a study forecasting legal needs in 2025.’

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Legal Futures, 14th March 2016

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PI claims more combative in England & Wales than elsewhere, says research – Litigation Futures

Posted March 9th, 2016 in conflict of interest, legal profession, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘The personal injury claims process in England and Wales is combative and often involves inflated opening offers on the claimant side, while claimant lawyers suspect defendants engage in similar tactics such as raising defences they know lack merit, according to academic research.’

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Litigation Futures, 8th March 2016

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Another rush job on surveillance that will weaken legal privilege – The Bar Council

‘Despite claims that new surveillance laws will contain “protections for lawyers”, today’s Investigatory Powers Bill will allow authorities total access to confidential, legally privileged communications between individuals and their lawyers, even when someone is in a legal dispute with the Government or defending themselves against prosecution.’

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The Bar Council, 2nd March 2016

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Jargon-buster: Do you know your PCF from BRF, and your BSB from your Bar Council – The Bar Council

Posted February 22nd, 2016 in barristers, fees, legal profession, licensing, lobbying, news, pro bono work by sally

‘Every year, throughout February and March, Bar Council members have to take part in the Authorisation to Practice process, which involves renewing your practising certificate, updating your professional information and paying your Practising Certificate Fee and Bar Representation Fee.’

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The Bar Council, 19th February 2016

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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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

Source: blogs.lexisnexis.co.uk/futureoflaw

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