Hearing aid – The Lawyer

“Solicitors must be given greater freedom to take their clients’ cases all the way to the High Court. By Simon Davis.”

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The Lawyer, 23rd July 2007

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Quality assurance for advocates – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 19th, 2007 in advocacy, consultations by sally

“This joint Ministry of Justice / Legal Services Commission consultation seeks views on proposals to develop a quality assurance pilot scheme for all publicly funded criminal defence advocates working in the crown courts and above.  The proposals draw on discussions and workshops involving the professions and judiciary. The initial impact assessment outlines the potential impacts of the proposals.”

Consultation paper: quality assurance for advocates [CP 13/07] (PDF)

Ministry of Justice, 18th July 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Solicitor access to higher courts eased by voluntary scheme – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 29th, 2007 in advocacy, news, solicitors by sally

“The Solicitors Regulation Authority this week decided to remove restrictions on solicitors wanting to appear in the higher courts, replacing compulsory accreditation with voluntary assessment schemes covering criminal, civil and family advocacy.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 28th June 2007

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Quality assurance for advocates – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 25th, 2007 in advocacy, consultations by sally

“This joint Ministry of Justice / Legal Services Commission consultation seeks views on proposals to develop a quality assurance pilot scheme for all publicly funded criminal defence advocates working in the crown courts and above.  The proposals draw on discussions and workshops involving the professions and judiciary.”

Quality assurance for advocates [CP 13/07]

Ministry of Justice, 22nd June 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Law firm chambers: the model setup for the 21st century or just a gimmick? – The Lawyer

Posted May 21st, 2007 in advocacy, law firms by sally

“Two years on and only one firm has followed Herbert Smith into the courtroom. Nina Goswami asks why.”

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The Lawyer, 21st May 2007

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Higher rights plan backed – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 20th, 2007 in advocacy, news, solicitors by sally

“Advocacy should not be treated differently from other practice areas and so the requirement for solicitors to achieve an additional qualification before being permitted to exercise higher rights is unnecessary, the Law Society has said.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th April 2007

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Carter Review spurs Bar Council to assess standards – The Lawyer

Posted April 16th, 2007 in advocacy, barristers by sally

“The Bar Council has kick-started a consultation into how to ensure quality of courtroom advocacy following the Carter Review.”

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The Lawyer, 16th April 2007

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Barristers may be graded on quality – The Times

Posted April 10th, 2007 in advocacy, barristers, news by sally

“Incompetent barristers whose courtroom advocacy falls below par will be referred by judges and colleagues to a ‘remedial’ panel to bring them up to scratch, under measures proposed today. The Bar Council is also proposing a grading scheme to grade barristers who do legal aid work according to proficiency and experience.”

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The Times, 10th April 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Maintaining excellence in advocacy – Bar Council consults on quality assurance – The Bar Council

Posted April 10th, 2007 in advocacy, barristers, consultations by sally

“A package of measures, designed to assure the quality of courtroom advocacy, has been put out for consultation by the Bar Council, which represents 14,000 barristers in England and Wales.”

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The Bar Council, 10th April 2007

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Criminal law bar faces up to ‘solicitor threat’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 5th, 2007 in advocacy, news, solicitors by sally

“The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) has launched a draft strategy paper on how to maintain its members’ position in the market in a bid to meet the ‘growing threat of unfair competition’ from solicitor higher court advocates (HCAs).”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 5th April 2007

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk