Advocacy assurance scheme ‘halted’, declares criminal bar – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 3rd, 2011 in advocacy, barristers, news, quality assurance by sally

“Plans to introduce the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) have run into serious difficulties, it has emerged. The Criminal Bar Association appears to have withdrawn its engagement with the controversial accreditation scheme amid a dispute about linking payment to accreditation level.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd October 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Barristers get green light to take ‘direct action’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 26th, 2011 in advocacy, barristers, competition, fees, news by sally

“The Bar Council and Criminal Bar Association believe it would be lawful for them to take direct action to protect members’ interests, it has emerged.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 26th September 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Advocacy accreditation will be implemented ‘circuit by circuit’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 23rd, 2011 in advocacy, fees, news, quality assurance by tracey

“The controversial Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) will be implemented in stages, but there will be no pilot, it has emerged.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd September 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Non-trial advocates to be excluded from court work – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 25th, 2011 in advocacy, consultations, news, quality assurance, rights of audience by sally

“Non-trial advocates will be excluded from higher court work by the quality assurance scheme for advocates (QASA), a leading solicitor advocate has warned.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th August 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Advocacy assurance scheme is ‘bar-centric’, solicitor claims – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 16th, 2011 in advocacy, barristers, news, quality assurance, solicitor advocates by sally

“A significant number of solicitor advocates will not qualify for higher rights advocacy under a proposed ‘bar-centric’ Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA), the chair of the Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates (SAHCA) has claimed.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 16th August 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Joint Advocacy Group consultation paper on regulatory changes to support the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (Crime) – Bar Standards Board

Posted August 16th, 2011 in advocacy, barristers, consultations, news, quality assurance by sally

“We seek your views on proposed regulatory amendments required to embed the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (Crime) within the regulatory framework.”

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Bar Standards Board, 15th August 2011

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Solicitor advocates make final effort to halt scheme – Law Society’s Gazette

“Solicitor advocates have made a final effort to stop a scheme that will see judges evaluating their competence, which they claim would discriminate against solicitors.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 8th July 2011

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JAG submits QASA application to the Legal Services Board – Bar Standards Board

Posted July 7th, 2011 in advocacy, barristers, legal executives, news, quality assurance, solicitors by sally

“The Joint Advocacy Group (JAG) – made up of the Bar Standards Board, Solicitors Regulatory Authority and ILEX Professional Standards – has submitted an application to the Legal Services Board (LSB) for consideration of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (crime) – QASA.”

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Bar Standards Board, 6th July 2011

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

The defence lawyer in the Milly Dowler case performed his duty professionally – The Guardian

Posted July 4th, 2011 in advocacy, cross-examination, news, victims by sally

“Any further ‘rebalancing’ of our justice system in favour of the accused risks imperilling the right to fair trial.”

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The Guardian, 4th July 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Dowler family cross-examination puts advocates on the spot – The Guardian

Posted July 1st, 2011 in advocacy, cross-examination, news, quality assurance by tracey

“The furore over the cross-examination of Milly Dowler’s parents has placed advocacy in the courts under a fierce spotlight. Putting the rights and wrongs of the Dowler case to one side, the public debate has probably come at a good time for the Joint Advocacy Group (JAG), which will shortly introduce a controversial quality assurance scheme for advocates (QASA) working in criminal law.”

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The Guardian, 1st July 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

CPS – Changes to Advocate Panels Scheme – Message from the Chairman of the Bar – The Bar Council

Posted June 20th, 2011 in advocacy, barristers, Crown Prosecution Service, news, prosecutions by sally

“As many members of the Bar will be aware, the CPS published a new Advocate Panels Scheme on 31 March 2011. The new scheme followed discussions between a Bar Council group consisting of Circuit, CBA and YBC representatives and the CPS.”

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The Bar Council, 17th June 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Bar Regulator Approves Quality Assurance Framework for Criminal Advocates – Bar Standards Board

Posted June 17th, 2011 in advocacy, barristers, news, quality assurance by sally

“A new scheme to assess the performance of criminal advocates has been given the green light by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) at its meeting on 16 June.”

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Bar Standards Board, 17th June 2011

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

CPS under fire over advocate panels – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 20th, 2011 in advocacy, Crown Prosecution Service, judicial review, news by tracey

“The Crown Prosecution Service faced pressure from both its own inspectorate and the Bar Council this week over its procurement of external advocates. The Gazette has learned that the Bar Council is seeking advice on a judicial review of the CPS’s new advocate panels.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 19th May 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

CPS opens Advocate Panels application scheme – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted April 4th, 2011 in advocacy, barristers, Crown Prosecution Service, news, prosecutions by sally

“The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is today launching a new scheme for the delivery of prosecution services in court. All advocates undertaking prosecution work in the Crown Court (and Higher Courts) from October must be members of new, quality-controlled CPS Advocate Panels.”

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Crown Prosecution Service, 31st March 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Joint Advocacy Group analysis of QAA consultation response – Bar Standards Board

Posted February 7th, 2011 in advocacy, consultations, criminal justice, news by sally

“Analysis of responses to the Joint Advocacy Group consultation paper on proposals for a quality assurance scheme for criminal advocates, is now available to view and download.”

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Bar Standards Board, 4th February 2011

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Joint independent expert advisory group – Bar Standards Board

Posted January 27th, 2011 in advocacy, news by sally

“The Joint Advocacy Group (JAG), set up by the Bar Standards Board (BSB), Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and ILEX Professional Standards (IPS) to devise a scheme for the quality assurance of advocates, has established an independent expert advisory group to be chaired by Lord Justice Thomas.”

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Bar Standards Board, 26th January 2011

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Incoming Bar Chairman: Diversification Good For the Bar and For Its Clients – The Bar Council

Posted December 3rd, 2010 in advocacy, barristers, legal aid, news by sally

“Peter Lodder QC, incoming Chairman of the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, will call for publicly funded barristers to diversify their practices, when he delivers his inaugural address to the Bar Council this evening. Lodder, takes over as Chairman of the Bar from Nicholas Green QC on 1 January 2011.”

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The Bar Council, 2nd December 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

‘Mixed practice’ warning for publicly funded barristers – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 3rd, 2010 in advocacy, barristers, legal aid, news by sally

“Incoming Bar Council chairman Peter Lodder QC today warned publicly funded barristers to diversify or face a bleak future.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd December 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Neuberger endorses accreditation scheme – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 11th, 2010 in advocacy, judges, news by sally

“The master of the rolls has given judicial backing to the proposed quality assurance for advocates (QAA) scheme, saying judges are the ‘ultimate consumers’ of advocacy services and are well placed to assess quality.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 11th November 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Bar Council to Consult on New CPS Advocates’ Panel – The Bar Council

Posted November 4th, 2010 in advocacy, barristers, Crown Prosecution Service, news by sally

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, is today launching a consultation on outline proposals for revising the Crown Prosecution Service’s (CPS) process for the selection of self-employed advocates. The proposals have been drawn up following lengthy discussions between the Bar Council and CPS about the new Panel Scheme which the CPS wishes to introduce.”

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The Bar Council, 3rd November 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk