We need to talk about Denning – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted January 24th, 2014 in advocacy, judges, judgments, news, precedent by sally

‘It’s a familiar scenario to any lawyer.

You’re reading a practitioner handbook and see a case referred to that seems just a little bit odd.

You read the summary in the footnotes and can’t believe it really says that and, before you know it, you’ve been side-tracked from your original research plan into actually getting a copy of the case.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 23rd January 2014

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Barristers vow to boycott QASA despite High Court defeat – Legal Futures

Posted January 22nd, 2014 in advocacy, barristers, judicial review, news, quality assurance by sally

‘Monday’s failed judicial review of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) has done little to quell the mutiny among criminal law barristers, even though the Bar Standards Board has called on them to “respect the court’s decision”.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd January 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

QASA given green light by High Court as JR fails – Legal Futures

‘A judicial review of the Legal Services Board’s approval of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocacy (QASA) has today been comprehensively rejected by the High Court.’

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Legal Futures, 20th January 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

BSB considers conduct of litigation “high risk” for barristers – Legal Futures

Posted January 7th, 2014 in advocacy, barristers, codes of practice, fees, news by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) considers barristers conducting litigation a high-risk activity that could result in significant supervision costs and require a hike in practising certificate fees, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 7th January 2013

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Review of Provision of Independent Criminal Advocacy: COIC and ATC Submission – The Inner Temple

Posted January 6th, 2014 in advocacy, inns of court, legal education, legal profession, news by sally

‘This paper is written by representatives of the Council of the Inns of Court and the Advocacy Training Council to assist the ‘Review of the Provision of Independent Criminal Advocacy’ currently being undertaken by Sir Bill Jeffrey at the request of the Secretary of State for Justice.’

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The Inner Temple, December 2014

Source: www.innertemple.org.uk

NEW series: “The advocate, the regulator, the TV maker and the client” – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted November 29th, 2013 in advocacy, media, news, quality assurance by sally

“Advocacy is a skill that exposes truth or lies in the court process. It is a forensic challenge that doesn’t depend on the colour of the advocate’s lipstick or the lining of Queen’s Counsel’s suit, but on ability.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 28th November 2013

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Attorney General urges barristers to think again over QASA boycott and returning legal aid briefs – Legal Futures

Posted November 4th, 2013 in advocacy, barristers, news, quality assurance by sally

“The Attorney General has urged barristers not to boycott the controversial Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA), and warned that if they refuse instructions they have already accepted in protest at the new legal aid rates, the government may ‘look elsewhere’.”

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Legal Futures, 4th November 2013

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

R. v. Farooqi – Has the Court of Appeal Compounded an Injustice? – Criminal Law and Justice Weekly

“Can a defendant ever have a fair trial or be safely convicted if his advocate is incompetent, asks Matthew Scott.”

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Criminal Law and Justice Weekly, 19th October 2013

Source: www.criminallawandjustice.co.uk

BSB issues statement after Twitter confusion over judicial review costs – The Lawyer

“The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has issued a statement about the costs of a judicial review into the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) following widespread outrage and confusion on Twitter.”

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The Lawyer, 11th October 2013

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Related link: Bar Standards Board Statement on costs and the judicial review of QASA

Advocacy standards scheme for criminal trials starts – BBC News

Posted September 30th, 2013 in advocacy, barristers, criminal procedure, judicial review, licensing, news, standards by sally

“A new scheme has come into force to ensure advocates in criminal trials meet a standard of competence.”

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BBC News, 30th September 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

The Erskine example – New Law Journal

Posted September 17th, 2013 in advocacy, legal history, legal profession, news by sally

“Do we need great advocates, asks Geoffrey Bindman QC.”

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New Law Journal, 6th September 2013

Source: www.newlawjournal.co.uk

QASA Handbook and podcast launched – Bar Standards Board

“The essential guide to the QASA process has been launched by the Bar Standards Board today [21 August].”

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Bar Standards Board, 21st August 2013

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Court of Appeal issues strong warning of costs sanctions for lengthy skeleton arguments – Litigation Futures

“The Court of Appeal has hit out at lengthy and complex skeleton arguments, describing them as the ‘bane’ of commercial litigation and warning that failing to comply with the practice directions on them will result in costs sanctions.”

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Litigation Futures, 8th May 2013

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Society urges super-regulator to delay advocacy scheme – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 2nd, 2013 in advocacy, law firms, Law Society, news, quality assurance, solicitors, tenders by sally

“The Law Society’s chief executive has urged super-regulator the Legal Services Board to delay implementation of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA), in recognition of the ‘profound shifts and uncertainties’ afflicting criminal practitioners.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 1st May 2013

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

QASA gets go-ahead from bar regulator – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 25th, 2013 in advocacy, barristers, news, quality assurance by sally

“The Bar Standards Board has approved the handbook for the controversial Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th April 2013

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Implementing a new framework for legal aid – Ministry of Justice

Posted April 24th, 2013 in advocacy, budgets, competition, legal aid, news by sally

“The Government wants to reduce unnecessary costs and make sure that legal aid helps those who need it the most.”

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Ministry of Justice, 23rd April 2013

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Bar Council responds to MoJ legal aid announcements – The Bar Council

Posted April 10th, 2013 in advocacy, competition, criminal justice, legal aid, news by sally

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has responded to today’s Ministry of Justice (‘MoJ’) announcement on legal aid.”

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The Bar Council, 9th April

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

The case for QASA – Legal Futures

Posted April 9th, 2013 in advocacy, criminal justice, legal profession, news, quality assurance by sally

“David Wolfe QC of Matrix Chambers argues that the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) is a necessary step to assure the competence of criminal advocates and answers the main criticisms levelled by its opponents.”

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Legal Futures, 9th April 2013

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

QASA: part of a sustained attack on legal aid? – LegalVoice

Posted March 21st, 2013 in advocacy, barristers, legal aid, legal profession, news, quality assurance by sally

“Amongst criminal lawyers, the issues surrounding QASA – the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates – that have been rumbling on for a few years, is coming to a head, writes Dan Bunting. The Criminal Bar Association have come out very strongly against it which prompted a strong response from Baroness Ruth Deech, the Chair of the Bar Standards Board. It has also managed to achieve the impossible – uniting barristers and solicitors.”

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LegalVoice, 21st March 2013

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk

The “noisy minority” of barristers opposed to QASA hit back at BSB claims – Legal Futures

Posted March 21st, 2013 in advocacy, barristers, legal profession, news, quality assurance by sally

“The Bar Standards Board (BSB) chair’s description of opponents of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) as ‘a noisy minority of dissenters’ received an immediate high-powered response from criminal law barristers.”

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Legal Futures, 21st March 2013

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk