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

Criminal legal aid scheme of the future must be based on quality and public interest, not just price – The Bar Council

Posted March 6th, 2013 in advocacy, competition, criminal justice, legal aid, news by sally

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has today responded to the Ministry of Justice’s announcement that its consultation and implementation of a new scheme for criminal legal aid will be brought forward, with price competition put forward as one key proposal.”

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The Bar Council, 5th March 2013

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Ministry of Justice publishes final DBA and success fee cap regulations – Litigation Futures

Posted January 23rd, 2013 in advocacy, consultations, damages, fees, news, regulations by sally

“Signs of life from the Ministry of Justice over getting on with implementing the Jackson reforms emerged yesterday with publication of two draft statutory instruments that will come into force on 1 April.”

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Litigation Futures, 23rd January 2013

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Who owns the copyright on barristers’ advocacy? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 22nd, 2013 in advocacy, barristers, copyright, news, publishing, trials by sally

“Following yesterday’s welcome announcement that the UK Supreme Court (UKSC) is uploading judgment summaries to YouTube, there has been some speculation as to whether the UKSC will take the next step in its embrace of digital technology and upload full hearings of trials. But could taking this step result in falling foul of the UK’s copyright law?”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd January 2013

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Lord Erskine and Trial by Jury – Lecture by Lord Neuberger

Posted October 22nd, 2012 in advocacy, juries, legal history, news, trials by sally

Lord Erskine and Trial by Jury (PDF)

Lecture by Lord Neuberger

Seckford Lecture, 18th October 2012

Source: www.supremecourt.gov.uk

QASA fourth consultation goes live – Bar Standards Board

Posted July 13th, 2012 in advocacy, barristers, consultations, news, quality assurance by sally

“The fourth and final consultation on the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (Crime) (QASA) goes live today, Thursday 12 July.”

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Bar Standards Board, 12th July 2012

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Final consultation launched on advocacy accreditation – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 13th, 2012 in advocacy, consultations, news, quality assurance by sally

“A fourth – and ‘final’ – consultation on the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) published today (12 July) contains a number of ‘significant’ changes that solicitors’ representative groups have welcomed.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th July 2012

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Advocacy, past, present and future – constant values for a modern Bar – Speech by Attorney General, Dominic Grieve QC MP

Posted July 2nd, 2012 in advocacy, barristers, speeches by sally

Advocacy, past, present and future – constant values for a modern Bar

Speech by Attorney General, Dominic Grieve QC MP

World Bar Conference, 30th June 2012

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

Advocacy in the Spotlight as London Hosts World Bar Conference – The Bar Council

Posted June 29th, 2012 in advocacy, barristers, press releases by tracey

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, in partnership with Inner Temple, will from today host the annual World Bar Conference in London, which will see 350 delegates from numerous jurisdictions descend on the city to discuss topics around the theme ‘Advocacy past, present and future: constant values for a modern Bar.’ ”

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The Bar Council, 29th June 2012

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

It’s a funny old world – The Bar Council

Posted June 28th, 2012 in advocacy, barristers, fees, legal profession, news by sally

“The plight of the criminal Bar; the independence of the Bar threatened by fee cuts, referral fees and price competitive tendering; and such developments under scrutiny from the rest of the common law world.”

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The Bar Council, July 2012

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

QASA – and what it means to you – LegalVoice

“New rules for solicitors (and registered European lawyers) who want to undertake criminal advocacy form January 2013 will require them to notify the Solicitors Regulation Authority under the new Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (Crime) arrangements, writes Anne-Marie Lynch. The scheme opens on July 2nd 2012 and will be open for notifications until 21st September 2012. It will introduce a system for accreditation for criminal advocacy work in the Crown and magistrates’ courts.”

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LegalVoice, 20th June 2012

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk

The quality of advocacy – BBC Law in Action

Posted June 20th, 2012 in advocacy, fees, legal profession, news, quality assurance by sally

“As the lines blur between the work of solicitors and barristers , Joshua Rozenberg asks whether a cheaper service provides better value for money or is it leading to poor representation in court and ultimately miscarriages of justice? He discusses the issues with Baroness Deech of the Bar Standards Board, a solicitor advocate Sundeep Bhatia and Elisabeth Davies, Chair of the Consumer panel at the Legal Services Board. He also speaks to senior appeal court judge Lord Justice Moses and asks about the best way to assess quality and what dangers lie ahead if suffers.”

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BBC Law in Action, 19th June 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

BSB statement on QASA notification scheme – Bar Standards Board

Posted May 18th, 2012 in advocacy, barristers, news, quality assurance by sally

“The Bar Standards Board, the lead regulator for courtroom advocates in England and Wales, can confirm that barristers will not be required to comply with a notification process prior to the launch of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA). The Bar Standards Board will instead focus its resources on the registration process due to begin in January 2013.”

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Bar Standards Board, 17th May 2012

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Taking Control – The Bar Council

Posted May 9th, 2012 in advocacy, barristers, legal education, news, quality assurance by sally

“Lawyers worldwide look to the UK as leading the common law world in terms of its jurisprudence; the challenges to this position; the Bar must fend off consultation fatigue and become part of the debate; education, training and the quality assurance scheme for advocates”

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The Bar Council, May 2012

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk