BSB publishes a new guide for barristers working with vulnerable immigration clients – Bar Standards Board

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published an online guide to assist immigration barristers when they work closely with vulnerable clients. The new resource will help immigration barristers to identify, assess and manage vulnerability as well as help them to meet their regulatory and other legal duties.’

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Bar Standards Board, 18th April 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Trainee barristers told they will be marked down for wearing short skirts – The Guardian

Posted April 17th, 2018 in barristers, examinations, freedom of expression, news, universities by tracey

‘Trainee barristers are being told they will be docked points in their exams if they wear short skirts, colourful socks or “kinky boots”. A handbook at the BPP university law school warns students that they may lose points if they do not adopt an extremely conservative dress code in their advocacy assessments.’

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The Guardian, 16th April 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Chambers could be forced to publish data on sexual orientation and religion – Legal Futures

Posted April 12th, 2018 in barristers, consultations, disclosure, diversity, homosexuality, news, privacy by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is considering a rule change which would mean chambers would have to include sexual orientation and religion in the diversity data they publish on their websites.’

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Legal Futures, 12th April 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

High Court rejects disbarred barrister’s appeal against refusal to readmit him to Gray’s Inn – Legal Futures

‘A disbarred barrister whose bid to rejoin Gray’s Inn and starting practising again after 15 years was refused has lost an appeal to the High Court.’

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Legal Futures, 12th April 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Bad news for barristers: SFO adopts AI-powered document review after successful test in Rolls-Royce case – Legal Futures

Posted April 11th, 2018 in artificial intelligence, barristers, documents, news, privilege by sally

‘The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has bought a document review system backed up by artificial intelligence (AI) to improve significantly its document analysis capability – and put out of work barristers who it previously used to identify material subject to legal professional privilege.’

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Legal Futures, 11th April 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Barristers’ strike over cuts to justice system delays case – BBC News

Posted April 5th, 2018 in barristers, delay, fees, industrial action, legal aid, news by sally

‘A murder case at the Old Bailey has become one of the first to be affected by a strike by barristers.’

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BBC News, 4th April 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Legal aid: Barristers to strike over ‘relentless cuts’ – BBC News

Posted April 4th, 2018 in barristers, budgets, industrial action, legal aid, news by sally

‘Barristers are to go on strike over “relentless” cuts which have left the criminal justice system “broken”.’

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BBC News, 30th March 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Director of public prosecutions Alison Saunders to stand down – BBC News

Posted April 3rd, 2018 in barristers, Crown Prosecution Service, news by sally

‘The director of public prosecutions in England and Wales, Alison Saunders, is to step down at the end of her five-year contract in October.’

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BBC Newsm 2nd April 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Third of criminal law barristers consider leaving jobs as CBA launches direct action – Legal Futures

‘The depth of despondency among criminal law barristers has been revealed in a survey as direct action by the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) began on Easter Day.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd April 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Lawyers united: solicitors pledge to back bar’s action – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 28th, 2018 in barristers, industrial action, legal aid, news, solicitors by tracey

‘Solicitors have strongly indicated that they will stand shoulder to shoulder with the bar should their barrister ‘friends’ decide to take action against further government cuts to the legal aid budget.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 27th March 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

High Court hears how squabbling barristers turned family hearing into “shouting match” – Legal Futures

Posted March 27th, 2018 in advocacy, barristers, news, trials by tracey

‘There is a “concerning tendency on the part of the advocates simply to interrupt each other in an effort to advance their competing submissions”, a High Court judge has said as he reviewed a hearing that turned into a “shouting match”.’

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Legal Futures, 27th March 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Statement from the Chair of the Bar on AGFS – The Bar Council

Posted March 26th, 2018 in barristers, consultations, criminal justice, fees, legal aid, press releases by tracey

‘Statement from the Chair of the Bar on AGFS.’

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The Bar Council, 24th March 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

BSB agrees approach on the role of the Inns of Court in the future of Bar training – Bar Standards Board

‘Following its recent consultation, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has agreed in principle how it should prescribe the future role of the Inns of Court in the training and qualification of barristers.’

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Bar Standards Board, 23rd March 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.

Criminal barristers expecting ‘overwhelming’ support for action – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 26th, 2018 in barristers, criminal justice, fees, industrial action, legal aid, news by tracey

‘Criminal barristers are expected to announce direct action this week against what they say is the latest round of government cuts to the legal aid budget. The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) said it will update members on Thursday on the results of a survey it sent to them asking whether they wanted to take action. CBA chair Angela Rafferty said this morning that the signs are that “there will be overwhelming support for unified action.” ’

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Law Society's Gazette, 26th March 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Speaking up on bullying judges – The Bar Council

Posted March 21st, 2018 in barristers, bullying, judiciary, press releases by tracey

‘Amid reports of judicial bullying of barristers, Andrew Walker QC, Chair of the Bar, commented: “As the representative body for all barristers in England and Wales, we strongly condemn any bullying or inappropriate treatment of our members by judges, or by any other legal professionals they encounter. We know it can happen, and we have resources available to support barristers on our Wellbeing at the Bar website, and we can give advice and guidance via our confidential helplines.”‘

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The Bar Council, 20th March 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Rude judges bully lawyers in court, QC complains – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 19th, 2018 in barristers, bullying, complaints, judiciary, news by sally

‘Rude judges are “bullying” lawyers in courtrooms, a top QC has complained.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th March 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Barrister blows whistle on ‘broken legal system brought to its knees by cuts’ – The Guardian

Posted March 19th, 2018 in barristers, complaints, courts, criminal justice, news, whistleblowers by sally

‘Damning book by ‘secret barrister’ tells of courts plagued by daily errors leaving them unfit for purpose.’

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The Guardian, 18th March 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

BSB leads debate about race equality at the Bar – Bar Standards Board

Posted March 15th, 2018 in barristers, diversity, equality, reports by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a report of the event it hosted last month to consider how to improve race equality at the Bar.’

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Bar Standards Board, 15th March 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

BSB seeks views on modernising its regulatory decision-making – Bar Standards Board

Posted March 9th, 2018 in barristers, consultations, press releases, professional conduct by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today launched a new consultation seeking views on the final phase of the Governance Reform outlined in its 2016-19 Strategic Plan. The BSB now proposes to change how it deals with the information it receives as the regulator and to revise its decision-making structures in relation to professional conduct issues.’

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Bar Standards Board, 8th March 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Data Protection Bill threat to legal privilege – The Bar Council

Posted March 8th, 2018 in barristers, bills, data protection, press releases, privilege by tracey

‘A Bill designed to give citizens more control over their data could end up stripping back the fundamental British right to confidential legal advice, the Bar has warned.’

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The Bar Council, 5th March 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk