Lord Sumption at the Young Bar Conference 2018, London – Supreme Court

Posted November 26th, 2018 in advocacy, barristers, judiciary, legal aid, speeches by tracey

‘Lord Sumption at the Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference 2018, London.’

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Supreme Court, 24th November 2018

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Sumption: Bar of future will be smaller and more specialist – Legal Futures

Posted November 26th, 2018 in advocacy, barristers, judiciary, legal aid, news by tracey

‘There will be fewer and more specialist barristers in the future, Lord Sumption has predicted, as he criticised some of the Bar’s actions in response to legal aid cuts.’

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Legal Futures, 26th November 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

The Advocate and the Expert in the Court of Protection – Expert Witness

Posted November 6th, 2018 in advocacy, barristers, case management, Court of Protection, expert witnesses, news by sally

‘The aim of this article is to explore the practical interface between the advocate and the expert in proceedings before the Court of Protection (‘COP’), and is written for both lawyers and experts. Unless otherwise stated, all statutory references are to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (‘MCA’), and the person over whom the court has jurisdiction is referred to a ‘P’.’

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Expert Witness, 5th November 2018

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‘We are at a pivotal point’: Bar Council adds voice to AGFS anger – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 18th, 2018 in advocacy, barristers, fees, news by sally

‘Advocates are ‘seriously questioning’ whether a career at the criminal bar is financially viable, the barristers’ representative body has said, as it warns the government that the situation is fast approaching the point of no return.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 16th October 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

LSB to monitor advocacy standards as QASA is finally killed off – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 23rd, 2018 in advocacy, barristers, Legal Services Board, news, quality assurance by sally

‘The controversial Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) has been formally consigned to the history books for barristers – though oversight regulator the Legal Services Board (LSB) has pledged to keep a watchful eye on advocacy standards.

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LAw Society's Gazette, 20th August 2018

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BSB will be “held to account” over poor criminal advocacy – Legal Futures

Posted August 17th, 2018 in advocacy, barristers, news, quality assurance, standards by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) was told yesterday that it will be held to account over how it deals with poor-quality criminal advocacy.’

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Legal Futures, 17th August 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Advocate and expert – asking for trouble – Nearly Legal

Posted August 14th, 2018 in advocacy, expert witnesses, news, rates, surveyors, tribunals, valuation by sally

‘Non-domestic rating is not something we usually cover on this blog. It is, after all, not about housing. But the decision of the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) in Gardiner & Theobold LLP v Jackson (Valuation Officer) [2018] UKUT 253 (LC) goes much wider.’

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Nearly Legal, 13th August 2018

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QASA approaches black hole of no return – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 13th, 2018 in advocacy, criminal justice, news by sally

‘A divisive accreditation scheme for criminal advocates wishing to exercise rights of audience in the higher courts could be officially consigned to the history books as early as next week.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 10th August 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Independent barristers “better quality” than other criminal advocates, say judges – Legal Fututes

Posted July 2nd, 2018 in advocacy, barristers, criminal justice, news, solicitor advocates by sally

‘The standard of criminal advocacy is “generally competent”, but that of solicitor-advocates and in-house barristers is inferior to the self-employed Bar, research among judges has found.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd July 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Speech by Lord Justice Irwin: Complexity and Obscurity in the Law, and how we might mitigate them – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Speech by Lord Justice Irwin: Complexity and Obscurity in the Law, and how we might mitigate them.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 19th April 2018

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Focus on persuading me, not drowning me in paper, Court of Appeal judge urges advocates – Litigation Futures

Posted April 20th, 2018 in advocacy, case management, judges, news by sally

‘A Court of Appeal judge has urged advocates to focus on persuading the judges in front of them and not drowning the court with “excessively long and complex” skeleton arguments, which he described as a “curse”.’

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Litigation Futures, 20th April 2018

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

High Court rejects disbarred barrister’s appeal against refusal to readmit him to Gray’s Inn – Legal Futures

‘A disbarred barrister whose bid to rejoin Gray’s Inn and starting practising again after 15 years was refused has lost an appeal to the High Court.’

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Legal Futures, 12th April 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

High Court hears how squabbling barristers turned family hearing into “shouting match” – Legal Futures

Posted March 27th, 2018 in advocacy, barristers, news, trials by tracey

‘There is a “concerning tendency on the part of the advocates simply to interrupt each other in an effort to advance their competing submissions”, a High Court judge has said as he reviewed a hearing that turned into a “shouting match”.’

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Legal Futures, 27th March 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Death of QASA could be “turning point” for regulation of barristers, Bar leader says – Legal Futures

Posted December 13th, 2017 in advocacy, barristers, news, quality assurance by sally

‘The decision of the Bar Standards Board (BSB) to withdraw from the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) could be a “turning point” in the regulation of barristers, the in-coming chair of the Bar Council has said.’

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Legal Futures, 13th December 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Six years after it was due to begin, BSB pulls the plug on QASA – Legal Futures

Posted November 29th, 2017 in advocacy, barristers, news, quality assurance by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board effectively killed the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) today – six years after it was meant to come into force – by saying it was pulling out to go in a different direction to assure the quality of criminal advocates.’

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Legal Futures, 29th November 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Public Law Podcast Seminar on Radicalisation Part 1: Civil Law and Closed Hearing – UK Human Rights Blog

The first episode from the Public Law Seminar given by members of 1 Crown Office Row is now available for podcast download here or from iTunes under Law Pod UK. Look for Episode 13: Tackling radicalisation through the civil courts.

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th October 2017

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Bar Council say BSB registration plan risks deterring barristers from youth court work – Legal Futures

Posted October 16th, 2017 in advocacy, barristers, news, remuneration, youth courts by sally

‘The Bar Council has strongly attacked a plan by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) for the compulsory registration of youth court advocates, the first scheme of its type.’

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Legal Futures, 16th October 2017

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Court rules on fixed costs for interim applications – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 11th, 2017 in advocacy, civil procedure rules, costs, news by tracey

‘A regional costs judge has ruled in favour of claimants in the latest hearing to consider the issue of fixed costs for interim applications.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 11th August 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Winning Advocacy in the Employment Tribunal – UK Police Law Blog

Posted June 29th, 2017 in advocacy, employment tribunals, news, police, trials, tribunals by sally

‘The David Hare screenplay for the recent film Denial contains the following advice to the client: ‘stay seated, button your lip, and win.’ This article seeks to plot a path for advocates to winning in large scale discrimination claims in the employment tribunal, based on the writer’s long experience of the ET and, more recently, briefs to act for the respondents in two high stakes cases, AB -v- A Chief Constable[i] and Aubrey -v- The Chief Constable of Northumbria Police[ii]. The suggested lessons apply to all types of large-scale claim in the ET.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 27th June 2017

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Winning Advocacy in the Employment Tribunal – UK Police Law Blog

Posted June 27th, 2017 in advocacy, employment tribunals, news, police, trials, tribunals by tracey

‘The David Hare screenplay for the recent film Denial contains the following advice to the client: “stay seated, button your lip, and win.” This article seeks to plot a path for advocates to winning in large scale discrimination claims in the employment tribunal, based on the writer’s long experience of the ET and, more recently, briefs to act for the respondents in two high stakes cases, AB -v- A Chief Constable[i] and Aubrey -v- The Chief Constable of Northumbria Police[ii]. The suggested lessons apply to all types of large-scale claim in the ET.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 27th June 2017

Source: ukpolicelawblog.com