DPP Speech to the Bar Council, 9 September 2023 – Crown Prosecution Service

‘DPP Speech to the Bar Council, 9 September 2023.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 9th September 2023

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Judge’s fury at suggestion his clerk leaked draft ruling – Legal Futures

Posted October 11th, 2021 in barristers' clerks, disclosure, judges, judgments, law firms, news, patents by sally

‘A High Court judge has strongly criticised a law firm and its client for appearing to blame his clerk for the leak of a draft judgment – which it turned out had not even happened.’

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Legal Futures, 11th October 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

New Guidelines for Lawyers Practising within the Coroners’ Court – Inquests and Inquiries Law Blog

‘New guidelines for legal professionals practising within the Coroners’ Courts have been published by the Bar Standards Board, the Solicitors Regulation Authority and CILEx Regulation. The new guidelines were introduced in response to concerns, particularly about the adversarial approach adopted by some lawyers. The key takeaways are summarised below.’

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Inquests and Inquiries Law Blog, 20th September 2021

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Clerks “must play bigger role in fair work allocation” – Legal Futures

Posted September 24th, 2021 in barristers, barristers' clerks, diversity, employment, equality, news by sally

‘Barristers’ clerks must step up and ensure that both work coming in and marketing efforts by chambers are done with an eye to equality in the way they are distributed, a seminar heard this week.’

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Legal Futures, 24th September 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Transitioning back to chambers – Counsel

Posted September 8th, 2020 in barristers, barristers' clerks, coronavirus, mental health, news, pupillage by sally

‘As chambers begin to repopulate amid continuing uncertainties, wellbeing policies are more important now than ever. Dr Anna Colton and Lucy Burrows explain how to spot signs of anxiety and protect members, pupils and staff.’

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Counsel, September 2020

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

What is the hidden impact of the menopause at the Bar? – No. 5 Chambers

Posted March 17th, 2020 in barristers, barristers' clerks, diversity, menopause, news, women by sally

‘We know that retention rates for women at the Bar are poor. Women come into the profession in high numbers (there has been an approximately 50:50 gender split of those called to the Bar maintained since around 2000), but by 15 years call that drops to around 30% of barristers who are female, and only approximately 15% of all silks were women as at 2019.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 28th February 2020

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“Minor error” dooms senior clerk’s unfair dismissal claim – Legal Futures

Posted January 7th, 2020 in barristers' clerks, limitations, news, unfair dismissal by sally

‘A senior clerk at a London barristers’ chambers cannot bring an unfair dismissal claim because of a “minor error” meaning that it was out of time.’

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Legal Futures, 7th January 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Bar Council to open membership to chambers – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 21st, 2019 in barristers, barristers' clerks, news by tracey

‘The Bar Council has for the first time made membership available to chambers as well as individuals in a move reflecting the changing shape of the profession. The representative body said it made the move after feedback revealed that chambers staff, including clerks and managers, wanted to take part in training courses and events previously open only to barristers.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 18th January 2019

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

BSB to consider whether chambers need ‘work allocation officers’ to ensure equality – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is to consider requiring that chambers have a ‘work allocation officer’ as part of its Women at the Bar equality project, it emerged yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 26th January 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

So you think you can manage? – New Law Journal

Posted November 29th, 2017 in barristers, barristers' clerks, news by sally

‘LPMA veterans Christine Kings & Edith Robertson (share a master class in practice management with John van der Luit-Drummond.’

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New Law Journal, 24th November 2017

Source: www.newlawjournal.co.uk

Robot junior clerk already processing hundreds of bookings and reducing human working hours – Legal Futures

Posted November 15th, 2017 in artificial intelligence, barristers, barristers' clerks, news by tracey

‘Billy Bot, the “robot junior clerk”, is now managing up to 100 new instructions a day from solicitors and members of the public, agreeing fees, booking cases, checking for conflicts and even making the coffee, Legal Futures can reveal.’

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Legal Futures, 14th November 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Fair share – Counsel

‘All members should feel that chambers is doing their best for them. But how can you check work is being allocated fairly, and how can clerks demonstrate the fact of fairness? Rachel Crasnow QC reports from a seminar addressing these concerns.’

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Counsel, June 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Here comes Billy, the robot junior clerk – Legal Futures

‘Innovative chambers Clerksroom is building Billy.Bot, a ‘robot junior clerk’ that will do the work of a traditional barristers’ clerk and also provide basic legal information to online users, Legal Futures can reveal.’

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Legal Futures, 13th April 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

The Bar leads the way on wellbeing with launch of portal – The Bar Council

Posted October 17th, 2016 in barristers, barristers' clerks, internet, mental health, news by tracey

‘The Bar Council has teamed up with the Inns of Court and Institute of Barristers’ Clerks (IBC) to launch the Wellbeing at the Bar Portal www.wellbeingatthebar.co.uk – a website to specifically provide support and best practice to barristers, clerks and chambers on wellbeing and mental health issues.’

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The Bar Council, 15th October 2016

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Barristers’ clerks leader condemns “scandalous” local authority portal scheme – Legal Futures

Posted August 22nd, 2014 in barristers, barristers' clerks, fees, local government, news, tenders by tracey

‘A barrister portal scheme operated by the North West Legal Consortium, a group of over 30 local authorities, has been condemned as “scandalous” by the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks (IBC).’

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Legal Futures, 22nd August 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Barristers’ clerks attack law firms over contract payment terms – Legal Futures

‘Law firms are imposing contracts on barristers they would never sign themselves, the chair of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks (IBC) has said.’

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Legal Futures, 18th August 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Information Commissioner sounds alarm over lawyers’ handling of personal data – Legal Futures

‘The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued a warning to solicitors and barristers over the need to keep personal information secure, especially paper files, in the wake of “a number of data breaches” in recent months.’

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Legal Futures, 6th August 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

New disqualification rules to apply to lay employees – Bar Standards Board

Posted November 4th, 2013 in barristers, barristers' clerks, disqualification, news, professional conduct by sally

“The new Code of Conduct for barristers contains new rules that will allow the Bar Standards Board (BSB) to disqualify a lay employee working in chambers.”

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Bar Standards Board, 4th November 2013

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

The unwritten rules of clerking – Legal Week

Posted September 13th, 2012 in barristers' clerks, legal profession, news by tracey

“I have been extremely fortunate in my career to work for some excellent senior clerks. They have all had their own styles and idiosyncrasies which must in some way have molded my own brand of clerking. They all had two things in common; they needed a steady supply of hot beverages to get them through the day and they all adhered to The Rules.”

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Legal Week, 12th September 2012

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Sets impose diversity training regime on clerks – The Lawyer

Posted July 11th, 2011 in barristers' clerks, diversity, equality, news by sally

“Barristers’ clerks are being forced to undertake diversity training as chambers seek to protect themselves against discrimination claims such as those brought against 4 New Square.”

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The Lawyer, 11th July 2011

Source: www.thelawyer.com