New advocacy proposals ‘prejudice’ solicitors – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 25th, 2010 in advocacy, news, solicitor advocates by sally

“A proposed new quality assurance scheme for criminal advocates could prejudice solicitors because it places too much weight on the views of judges, an advocates’ group has warned.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th October 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Some criminal advocates ‘not up to the job’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 25th, 2010 in advocacy, barristers, criminal procedure, news, solicitors by sally

“Research on how to assess standards of advocacy has backed up anecdotal evidence that there are problems with the quality of some criminal advocates, but found there is no significant disparity between the performance of solicitors and barristers.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th February 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Solicitors join with bar to fight plans to cut advocacy rates – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 29th, 2009 in advocacy, barristers, judicial review, news, solicitors by sally

“The government could face legal action by the Law Society and Bar Council as the professions unite over plans to cut criminal defence advocacy rates by 23%.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 29th October 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Developments in Crown Court Advocacy – Speech by Lord Judge, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

Posted October 13th, 2009 in advocacy, Crown Court, speeches by sally

Developments in Crown Court Advocacy (PDF)

Speech by Lord Judge, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

The Kalisher Lecture 2009, 6th October 2009

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Press Release: Attorney General welcomes analysis of CPS advocacy – Attorney General’s Office

Posted July 17th, 2009 in advocacy, Crown Prosecution Service, press releases by sally

“Press Release: Attorney General welcomes analysis of CPS advocacy.”

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Attorney General’s Office, 16th July 2009

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

The instruction of prosecution advocates in the Crown Court and payment of counsel by the CPS – HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate

“Inspectors assessed internal and external prosecuting advocates in the Crown Court. Two-thirds were fully competent, including some very good. A quarter of advocates were lacklustre. Only 7.9% were less than competent, including some very poor.”

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HMcpsi, 16th July 2009

Source: www.hmcpsi.gov.uk

A third of all prosecution advocates ‘lacklustre’ or poor, inspection says – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 17th, 2009 in advocacy, barristers, Crown Prosecution Service, news by sally

“A third of all prosecution advocates are ‘lacklustre’ or ‘less than competent’ according to a review carried out by the Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate published today.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 16th July 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Bar considers action on ‘threat’ posed by solicitor-advocates – Law Society Gazette

Posted May 19th, 2009 in advocacy, solicitors by sally

“The Bar Council has set up a working group to tackle what it calls unfair competition from solicitor-advocates for Crown Court work.”

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Law Society Gazette, 14th May 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Bar Council Chairman Warns of Increase in Advocacy by CPS – The Bar Council

Posted February 20th, 2009 in advocacy, barristers, Crown Prosecution Service, press releases by sally

“Speaking in Vienna, where he is today addressing the European Bar Presidents Conference, the Chairman of the Bar, Desmond Browne QC, warned of the dangers of the ever increasing quantity of advocacy work being handled in-house by the Crown Prosecution Service.”

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The Bar Council, 20th February 2009

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Family Lawyers Voice Concern at Plans to Reform Legal Support for Vulnerable Women and Children – The Bar Council

Posted December 19th, 2008 in advocacy, family courts, fees, press releases by sally

“The Bar Council and the Family Law Bar Association have expressed concern over plans, announced by the Ministry of Justice, to roll up payments to barristers and solicitors into a single advocacy fee, putting at risk effective access to justice for those who need most protection.”

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The Bar Council, 19th December 2008

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Bar Council chair hits out at Govt’s in-house push – The Lawyer

Posted December 16th, 2008 in advocacy, barristers, Crown Prosecution Service, news by sally

“Incoming Bar Council chair Desmond Browne QC has said that the Government’s plan to increase in-house advocacy will have a ­detrimental effect on the self-employed bar.”

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The Lawyer, 15th December 2008

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Too many solicitors are no good in court, say barristers – The Times

Posted November 3rd, 2008 in advocacy, news, solicitors by sally

“A furious row has erupted with barristers blaming solicitors for what they say are appalling standards of advocacy in criminal trials.”

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The Times, 3rd November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Bar Council and CPS agree Protocol on Performance Issues – The Bar Council

Posted September 26th, 2008 in advocacy, barristers, Crown Prosecution Service, press releases by sally

“The Bar Council and the CPS have agreed a procedure for handling CPS/BAR Performance Issues in relation to advocacy.”

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The Bar Council, 25th September 2008

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Sir Ken Macdonald: ‘We are determined to do more ourselves’ – The Times

Posted April 8th, 2008 in advocacy, Crown Prosecution Service, special report by sally

“It is a classic case of poacher- turned-gamekeeper — or in the case of Sir Ken Macdonald, perhaps the other way round. The Director of Public Prosecutions has embarked on a programme of taking on Crown Court trials — the stomping ground of his profession, the Bar. Instead of paying millions a year to private practice barristers, he wants more CPS advocates to take their own cases to court.”

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The Times,

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

How to . . . improve your advocacy – The Times

Posted February 4th, 2008 in advocacy, special report by sally

“One of the country’s leading criminal defence lawyers, Jim Sturman, QC, shares his tips on how to hold a courtroom.”

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The Times, 4th February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Advocacy Training Council – The Bar Council

Posted January 25th, 2008 in advocacy, barristers, reports by sally

“The third annual report of the Advocacy Training Council (ATC) marks the closing contribution of Edwin Glasgow CBE QC as Chairman.”

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The Bar Council, 25th January 2008

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

The Bar is simply not getting the best brains – The Times

Posted November 27th, 2007 in advocacy, barristers by sally

“So how can advocacy widen its appeal? Lord Neuberger discusses why the Inns of Court have become increasingly exclusive.”

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The Times, 27th November 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

BC Bar Standards Board Voices Doubts Over Government’s Plans For Quality Assurance in Criminal Defence Work – The Bar Council

Posted September 27th, 2007 in advocacy, barristers, news, quality assurance by sally

“The Board agreed its response to the Ministry of Justice and the Legal Services Commission’s June consultation paper at its meeting last week.”

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The Bar Council, 26th September 2007

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

CPS advocates launch appeals over quality grades – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 27th, 2007 in advocacy, news by sally

“Nearly 20% of external applicants for Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) advocacy work in the capital have appealed against the skills and experience grades they have been awarded as part of a new quality assurance and monitoring scheme, the Gazette has learned.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 26th July 2007

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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