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

Source: www.legalweek.com

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

EAT allows barrister to pursue further claims against 4 New Square – The Lawyer

Posted June 28th, 2011 in appeals, barristers, barristers' clerks, employment tribunals, news, racism by sally

“The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has given permission for barrister Aisha Bijlani to pursue a racial and disability discrimination claim against four named individuals at her chambers, 4 New Square (4NS).”

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The Lawyer, 27th June 2011

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Legal Profession Law (4): Jeremy Hopkins, Practice Manager, 3 Verulam Buildings – Charon QC

Posted April 27th, 2011 in barristers' clerks, legal profession, legal services, podcasts by sally

“Today I am talking to Jeremy Hopkins, a practice manager at 3 Verulam Buildings, the Chambers of Ali Malek QC – a leading and well known commercial set. Given the recent TV programme Silk (and the arguably better version of Peter Moffat’s writing, North Square – both series featuring extremely cunning clerks at the very centre of the action… I thought it would be interesting to get an inside track on this world from Jeremy…. but first……. I would like to get a view on the real world of practice managers / clerks, the state of the legal profession today and his thoughts on the changes to the legal landscape coming in the wake of the the coming into force of The Legal Services Act this autumn.”

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Charon QC, 27th April 2011

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

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

Barristers’ clerks to Bar Standards Board: regulate us – The Lawyer

Posted March 21st, 2011 in barristers' clerks, news by sally

“The Institute of ­Barristers’ Clerks (IBC) is lobbying the Bar Standards Board (BSB) to start regulating the work clerks do, as it strives to have the job recognised as a profession in its own right.”

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The Lawyer, 21st March 2011

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Bar Council survey of chambers managers – The Bar Council

Posted March 17th, 2011 in barristers, barristers' clerks, consultations, news by sally

“The Bar Council has developed a working group to consider whether it is desirable for clerks and chambers managers to be integrated more formally into the representative work of the Bar Council, and if it is desirable, how this should be implemented. We are therefore interested to learn more about chambers employees, particularly those with responsibility for chambers management, including clerks and practice managers.”

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The Bar Council, 16th March 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Firms set to be forced to publish diversity data – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 15th, 2010 in barristers, barristers' clerks, diversity, law firms, news, statistics by sally

“Law firms and barristers’ chambers will be forced to publish data about the diversity of their legal staff, under plans unveiled by the Legal Services Board today.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 15th December 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Paul Shrubsall, the arch-fixer of barristers’ clerks, finally takes a bow – The Times

Posted September 4th, 2008 in barristers' clerks, special report by sally

“As the arch-fixer/manager/negotiator for one of the most successful commercial sets of chambers in the business, it is no surprise that Paul Shrubsall organised his own exit strategy.”

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The Times, 3rd September 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Revealed: how to chat up a senior clerk – The Lawyer

Posted July 13th, 2007 in barristers, barristers' clerks by michael

“The bar is often criticised for being elitist, Oxbridge dominated and simply outdated, but a glossary of clerking speak shows that the bar can be ‘down with the kids’.”

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The Lawyer, 13th July 2007

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Clerks back CPD but shun pupil pay – The Lawyer

Posted May 9th, 2007 in barristers' clerks, news by sally

“The recent Institute of Barristers’ Clerks (IBC) conference placed education at the top of the agenda as clerks look to increase professionalism.”

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The Lawyer, 8th May 2007

Source: www.thelawyer.com