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

Bar regulator urges swift uptake of a new quality standard for advocacy – Bar Standards Board

Posted March 2nd, 2012 in advocacy, barristers, press releases, quality assurance by tracey

“The Bar Standards Board, the lead regulator for courtroom advocates in England and Wales, has called on fellow regulators to join with it in pressing ahead with an innovative scheme to maintain and improve standards of advocacy.”

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Bar Standards Board, 2nd March 2012

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org

#WithoutPrejudice 20 podcast: ABS and disruptives – Judicial advocacy assessment – Sun arrests – value of legal blogging – Charon QC

Posted February 17th, 2012 in advocacy, alternative business structures, internet, media, news by sally

“On the panel tonight are regulars, Carl Gardner and David Allen Green and our guests Cat Griffiths, Editor of The Lawyer and Nichola Higgins, a practising barrister and former Chair of The Young Barristers Committee.”

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Charon QC, 17th February 2012

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

The Ebsworth Lecture: Looking the other way – Speech by Lord Justice Moses

Posted February 15th, 2012 in advocacy, judiciary, speeches by sally

The Ebsworth Lecture: Looking the other way (PDF)

Speech by Lord Justice Moses

Middle Temple, 13th February 2012

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Lord Justice Moses and the 161 criteria – The Guardian

Posted February 15th, 2012 in advocacy, diversity, equality, judiciary, news, quality assurance by sally

“Judges know the new ratings scheme for advocates is misconceived and over-elaborate. But they don’t want anyone else doing it.”

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The Guardian, 14th February 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ratings scheme for advocates will be misused by criminals, judge warns – The Guardian

Posted February 14th, 2012 in advocacy, judges, legal profession, news, quality assurance by sally

“A senior judge has warned that a new ratings scheme for advocates will encourage more criminals to appeal against their convictions and create a generation of sycophantic barristers desperate to impress judges at the expense of their clients’ interests.”

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The Guardian, 13th February 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

The bar can bridge the gap – The Guardian

Posted February 10th, 2012 in advocacy, legal profession, news by tracey

“Barristers should stop insulting solicitor advocates and take steps to merge the two professions.”

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The Guardian, 8th February 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

List of specialist regulatory advocates in health and safety and environmental law and appointment of Standing Counsel (Unified List) – The Bar Council

“In November, it was announced that the Attorney General had agreed that the Unified List in its current form should draw to a close and that new arrangements would be taken forward by individual departments rather than under the auspices of the Attorney General’s office. On 31 March 2012 the Attorney General’s Unified List of Prosecuting Advocates will come to an end. The Health and Safety Executive, Environment Agency and Office of Rail Regulation wish to appoint a list of advocates to conduct their higher court prosecution work and other regulatory advocacy. HSE and ORR also each wish to appoint two Standing Counsel.”

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The Bar Council, 8th February 2012

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Judge slams quality of mental health advocacy – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 19th, 2012 in advocacy, legal representation, mental health, news, tribunals by sally

“A judge has fiercely criticised the quality of advocacy in mental health review tribunals (MHRT) as calls intensify across the profession for the compulsory accreditation of practitioners appearing for mentally ill clients.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 19th January 2012

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Time to speak up for oral advocacy skills – The Guardian

Posted December 1st, 2011 in advocacy, legal education, news by sally

“As the law evolves, every aspect of it is routinely unpicked and analysed in exhaustive depth by academics. Yet the dominant medium through which legal arguments are expressed – oral advocacy – is rarely given formal intellectual attention, in this country at least. Yes, there are a number of British advocacy training programmes, some run in conjunction with leading academic institutions, but they focus on developing presentation skills rather than actually exploring what makes an effective advocate.”

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The Guardian, 1st December 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Silks who make the cut at the Supreme Court – The Lawyer

Posted November 14th, 2011 in advocacy, news, queen's counsel, Supreme Court by sally

“Successful Supreme Court silks are a special breed, with the same names dominating the most high-profile cases. Katy Dowell reports.”

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The Lawyer, 14th November 2011

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Judges not ‘quangocrats’ should accredit advocacy, says Deech – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 28th, 2011 in advocacy, barristers, news, quality assurance by tracey

“Judicial assessment will be a key component of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA), rather than assessment by ‘quangocrats and drama coaches’ according to the Bar Standards Board chair.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 26th October 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Qualified Assurance Scheme for Advocates (Crime) Revision – Bar Standards Board

Posted October 18th, 2011 in advocacy, news, quality assurance by sally

“The Joint Advocacy Group (JAG) has agreed a programme of further work so that the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates in criminal cases (QASA) can be implemented in stages from April 2012.”

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Bar Standards Board, 17th October 2011

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Changes to QASA proposals being considered – Bar Standards Board

Posted October 10th, 2011 in advocacy, barristers, news, quality assurance by sally

“Arrangements for the launch of the new quality assurance scheme for criminal advocates, QASA, are being reconsidered in the light of issues being raised in the consultation period, the Joint Advocacy Group (JAG) has announced.”

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Bar Standards Board, 7th October 2011

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk