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

Bar Standards Board’s ‘research’ is crass and deeply flawed – The Guardian

“Barristers think higher court advocates aren’t much cop. Let’s not pretend that’s a reliable indicator of their quality.”

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The Guardian, 23rd April 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Solicitor advocates dragging standards down, says BSB research – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 19th, 2012 in advocacy, news, solicitor advocates, standards by tracey

“Low rates for criminal legal aid and the growing share of work taken by solicitor advocates are contributing to a decline in advocacy standards that is harming the administration of justice, according to a survey by the Bar Standards Board. The report, Perceptions of Criminal Advocacy, showed that over three-quarters (78%) of the 762 practitioners who completed an online survey felt that standards of advocacy have declined over the past five years. However, Law Society chief executive Desmond Hudson today condemned the study as ‘deeply flawed’ and ‘self serving’.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 19th April 2012

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Perceptions of criminal advocacy report – Bar Standards Board

Posted April 19th, 2012 in advocacy, reports, solicitor advocates, standards by tracey

“We commissioned ORC International to conduct research into the frequency with which underperformance is encountered in the criminal courts.”

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Bar Standards Board, 18th April 2012

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Agreement reached on QASA – Bar Standards Board

“Agreement on a joint scheme to assure the quality of criminal advocacy has been reached by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), Bar Standards Board (BSB) and ILEX Professional Standards (IPS).”

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Bar Standards Board, 23rd March 2012

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Regulators approve new scheme to measure quality at criminal Bar – Legal Week

“A controversial new scheme for criminal barristers that could see QCs paid the same as leading juniors is a step closer to coming into effect after being approved by a trio of legal regulators.”

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Legal Week, 26th March 2012

Source: www.legalweek.com

Bar Council Tells CPS that Quality Advocacy is Paramount as Report Shows Decline in In-House Advocacy Standards – The Bar Council

Posted March 16th, 2012 in advocacy, press releases, prosecutions by tracey

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has called on the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to recognise that maintaining quality advocacy is paramount. The warning is issued in the wake of an independent review by Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Inspectorate (HMCPSI) which found that the quality of Crown advocate performance has declined since 2009.”

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The Bar Council, 15th March 2012

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Quality test ‘should not protect barristers’ – Law Society’s Gazette

“Controversy about the use of judicial evaluation in a new scheme to assess the quality of advocates has escalated, with solicitors’ bodies warning that the scheme could become a means to protect barristers.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 8th March 2012

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk