Bar delays ‘anti-abuse’ written contracts for pupils – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 17th, 2019 in barristers, codes of practice, contracts, delay, news, pupillage, standards by tracey

‘The bar regulator has delayed the introduction of compulsory written pupillage agreements which could tackle the “abusive” treatment of pupils.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 16th September 2019

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

BSB delays introduction of written pupillage agreements – Legal Futures

Posted September 13th, 2019 in barristers, codes of practice, delay, news, pupillage by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has delayed plans to require chambers to enter into written agreements with pupils, which were due to come into force in just two months’ time.’

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Legal Futures, 13th September 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Bar offers free app to report bullying and harassment – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 10th, 2019 in artificial intelligence, barristers, bullying, computer programs, harassment, news by tracey

‘The Bar Council has turned to artificial intelligence to help barristers report bullying and harassment quickly and anonymously.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 9th September 2019

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

BSB introduces new rules to remove restrictions on reporting barristers’ sexual orientation, religion and belief data – Bar Standards Board

Posted September 4th, 2019 in barristers, disclosure, diversity, equality, press releases, statistics by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published new rules that remove restrictions on the reporting by the profession of sexual orientation, religion and belief data.’

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Bar Standards Board, 2nd September 2019

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

BSB passes regulatory test on advocacy quality – Legal Futures

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has said the Bar Standards Board (BSB) now meets the standard it set for improving the quality of advocacy – unlike the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and CILEx Regulation (CR), whose work is ongoing.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd September 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

CBA chief criticises senior judiciary over wellbeing failure – Legal Futures

‘The outgoing chair of the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) has criticised senior judges for failing to follow their Family Division colleagues in adopting email and sitting hours protocols to aid wellbeing.’

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Legal Futures, 29th August 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

CBA chief criticises senior judiciary over wellbeing failure – Legal Futures

Posted August 29th, 2019 in barristers, electronic mail, health, judiciary, news, working time by tracey

‘The outgoing chair of the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) has criticised senior judges for failing to follow their Family Division colleagues in adopting email and sitting hours protocols to aid wellbeing.’

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Legal Futures, 29th August 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

FCA found to have discriminated against chronically ill employee – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) discriminated against an associate lawyer who suffered severe fatigue caused by chronic kidney disease, an employment tribunal has found.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 19th August 2019

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Passing the Brief: Martha Cover interviews Marcia Willis Stewart QC – Counsel

Posted August 9th, 2019 in barristers, inquests, news, racism, sex discrimination, sport by tracey

‘Martha Cover interviews the celebrated civil rights lawyer Marcia Willis Stewart QC whose egalitarian spirit pervades all her cases.’

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Counsel, August 2019

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Wise counsel: Lady Black – Counsel

Posted August 9th, 2019 in barristers, family courts, judges, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘Running from the Bar (and back again), the dynamics between bench and counsel, and why family law is no poor relation. Sagacious yet self-effacing, the second-ever female Supreme Court judge agrees to a rare interview.’

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Counsel, August 2019

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Lawyers at “growing risk of claims” for under-settlement – Litigation Futures

‘Professional negligence actions arising from lawyers under-settling personal injury and clinical negligence claims appear to be on the rise, a specialist barrister has warned.’

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Litigation Futures, 7th August 2019

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Written pupillage agreements may help counter “shocking abuse” – Legal Futures

Posted August 5th, 2019 in barristers, legal education, news, pupillage, quality assurance, standards by tracey

‘Requiring chambers to enter into written agreements with pupils may help to counter “shocking” instances of abusive treatment, the Bar Council has said.’

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Legal Futures, 5th August 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

CA: Judge wrong to discharge jury over barrister’s closing speech – Legal Futures

Posted August 2nd, 2019 in barristers, juries, jury directions, legal aid, news, wasted costs orders by tracey

‘A judge was wrong to discharge the jury in a criminal trial after “inappropriate” remarks by the defence barrister in his closing speech, the Lord Chief Justice has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd August 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Barrister suspended again after returning from drug-conviction ban – Legal Futures

‘A barrister who only recently returned to practice after completing a three-year suspension for a drugs conviction, has been suspended again.’

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Legal Futures, 29th July 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

BSB reduces publication periods for misbehaving barristers – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is to cut the length of time that sanctions imposed on misbehaving barristers appear on its website, on the Bar Register and when it responds to requests for information.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd July 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

BSB updates policy on the publication of disciplinary findings against barristers – Bar Standards Board

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) last night decided to update its policy on the publication of disciplinary findings for professional misconduct. The policy will in future extend to all avenues by which the BSB puts disciplinary findings into the public domain and the lengths of time for which such findings are made publicly available have also been revised.’

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Bar Standards Board, 19th July

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Inns of Court to be first provider of new Bar training course – Legal Futures

Posted July 12th, 2019 in barristers, inns of court, legal education, news, universities by sally

‘The Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA) is set to be the first organisation approved to run the new Bar training course, which it is doing on a not-for-profit basis.’

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Legal Futures, 12th July 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Chambers “must publish” data on sexual orientation and religion – Legal Futures

Posted July 9th, 2019 in barristers, diversity, homosexuality, internet, Legal Services Board, news by sally

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has approved a new rule requiring chambers to include sexual orientation and religion in the diversity data they publish on their websites, whether or not all of their barristers agree.’

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Legal Futures, 9th July 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Green bicycle mystery: Case ‘worthy of Sherlock Holmes’ – BBC News

Posted July 8th, 2019 in barristers, bicycles, evidence, legal history, murder, news, victims, women by sally

‘It was a murder trial that captivated a nation: a well-spoken former Army officer represented by the most famous barrister of the day stands accused of killing a vivacious, independent young woman.’

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BBC News, 8th July 2019

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

White students still way out ahead in race for pupillages – Legal Futures

‘White students are significantly more likely to obtain pupillage than those from BAME backgrounds, with the gap widest among those who have not achieved the highest results, new figures have shown.’

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Legal Futures, 4th July 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk