Judge criticised for telling barrister to “get a life” – Litigation Futures

Posted December 13th, 2018 in accidents, appeals, barristers, damages, judges, news, professional conduct, road traffic by tracey

‘A judge who told a barrister to “get a life” has been criticised by a recorder who overturned his decision on appeal.’

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Litigation Futures, 13th December 2018

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John Bowers QC on Employment Law: November Blog – Littleton Chambers

‘This month I look at a recent case on foster carers and working time, the ethos of religion defence in the Equality Act 2010 and the Supreme Court case of O’Connor v Bar Standards Board.’

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Littleton Chambers, 29th November 2018

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BSB seeks views on how to recover costs for overseeing new Bar training rules – Bar Standards Board

Posted December 7th, 2018 in barristers, consultations, costs, fees, legal education, press releases, pupillage by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today launched a consultation seeking views on the charging model it proposes to introduce for organisations providing Bar training. These organisations are known as Authorised Education and Training Organisations (AETOs).’

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Bar Standards Board, 6th December 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org

Bar’s ‘silence’ on sexual harassment must change, says QC – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 3rd, 2018 in barristers, bullying, codes of practice, complaints, harassment, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘Sexual harassment at the Bar is “rife”, and the profession’s response is counter-productive, a recorder told a public audience yesterday. Giving a lecture at Gresham College, London, Professor Jo Delahunty QC of 4PB, said: ‘As a senior woman at the Bar, I am in the position where I can speak out about sexual harassment without fear that by doing so I am harming my career.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 30th November 2018

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Some 125 barristers earned more than £1m last year – Legal Futures

Posted November 27th, 2018 in barristers, budgets, consultations, fees, licensing, news, remuneration, statistics by tracey

‘There were around 125 barristers reporting fees of more than £1m last year, and another 200 who brought in more than £500,000, new figures from the Bar Council have suggested.
The Bar Council, including the Bar Standards Board, is set to raise an extra £900,000 by imposing higher practising certificate fees (PCFs) on barristers earning more than £500,000 for the first time.’

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Legal Futures, 27th November 2018

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Bar Council reaction to Lord Chancellor’s AGFS announcement – The Bar Council

Posted November 27th, 2018 in barristers, consultations, criminal justice, fees, pilot schemes, press releases by tracey

‘Responding to the Lord Chancellor’s announcement during Saturday’s Bar Council Annual Conference of more funding for the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS) Andrew Walker QC, Chair of the Bar, said: “The Lord Chancellor’s announcement that there will be further funding for the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS), following the recent consultation, is welcome. So too are his comments about the future – about the scope to improve the way in which criminal defence advocates are paid, and his commitment to working together with the professions to make criminal advocacy sustainable.”

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The Bar Council, 26th November 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Lord Sumption at the Young Bar Conference 2018, London – Supreme Court

Posted November 26th, 2018 in advocacy, barristers, judiciary, legal aid, speeches by tracey

‘Lord Sumption at the Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference 2018, London.’

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Supreme Court, 24th November 2018

Source: www.supremecourt.uk

Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference 2018: David Gauke speech – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 26th, 2018 in artificial intelligence, barristers, brexit, budgets, courts, divorce, fees, speeches by tracey

‘Lord Chancellor David Gauke spoke about the revised Advocates Graduated Fee Scheme in his speech on 24 November 2018.’

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Ministry of Justice, 24th November 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Sumption: Bar of future will be smaller and more specialist – Legal Futures

Posted November 26th, 2018 in advocacy, barristers, judiciary, legal aid, news by tracey

‘There will be fewer and more specialist barristers in the future, Lord Sumption has predicted, as he criticised some of the Bar’s actions in response to legal aid cuts.’

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Legal Futures, 26th November 2018

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BSB gains power to intervene in barristers’ practices – Legal Futures

Posted November 23rd, 2018 in barristers, disciplinary procedures, documents, enforcement, news, regulations by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) now has the power to intervene in individual barristers’ practices among a host of other new regulatory tools that have been approved by Parliament.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd November 2018

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Barrister reprimanded for drunken behaviour at Bar Mess event – Legal Futures

Posted November 23rd, 2018 in barristers, disciplinary procedures, drunk and disorderly, fines, law firms, news by sally

‘A barrister has been reprimanded and fined for his drunken behaviour towards a pupil at an informal Bar Mess event.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd November 2018

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“Significant number” of barristers struggling with CPD regime – Legal Futures

Posted November 23rd, 2018 in barristers, continuing professional development, news, statistics by sally

‘A “significant number” of barristers are still unaware that a new scheme for continuing professional development (CPD) has been in force for nearly two years or are unclear on how it works, Bar Standards Board checks have found.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd November 2018

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The Bar Council presents: The Different Faces of the Bar – The Bar Council

Posted November 21st, 2018 in barristers, diversity, equality, legal profession, news by tracey

‘In the first event of its kind, the Secret Barrister, Chris Daw QC, and two of the Bar Council’s #IAmTheBar Social Mobility Advocates, Rachel Spearing and Natasha Shotunde, will come together for a live-streamed panel discussion on social mobility and access to the Bar.’

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The Bar Council, 19th November 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Susskind: Machines will replace lawyers if they deliver better outcomes – Legal Futures

Posted November 15th, 2018 in barristers, computer programs, legal profession, news, solicitors by tracey

‘Clients value lawyers for the outcomes they deliver and will switch to technology based alternatives if they produce the better or cheaper results, Professor Richard Susskind has claimed.’

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Legal Futures, 15th November 2018

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Spark21 conference 2018: David Gauke speech on diversity in the legal profession – Ministry of Justice

‘Lord Chancellor David Gauke spoke at the Spark21 Conference 2018 about nurturing a richer and more representative legal profession.’

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Ministry of Justice, 7th November 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

The Advocate and the Expert in the Court of Protection – Expert Witness

Posted November 6th, 2018 in advocacy, barristers, case management, Court of Protection, expert witnesses, news by sally

‘The aim of this article is to explore the practical interface between the advocate and the expert in proceedings before the Court of Protection (‘COP’), and is written for both lawyers and experts. Unless otherwise stated, all statutory references are to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (‘MCA’), and the person over whom the court has jurisdiction is referred to a ‘P’.’

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Expert Witness, 5th November 2018

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Top family solicitor opts for BSB entity regulation – Legal Futures

Posted November 5th, 2018 in barristers, indemnities, insurance, news, regulations, solicitors by sally

‘The former national head of family law at Simpson Millar has set up his own firm and chosen to be regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).’

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Legal Futures, 5th November 2018

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Bar Standards Board clarifies the responsibility of barristers to report sexual harassment – Cloisters

Posted November 2nd, 2018 in barristers, harassment, news, notification, pilot schemes by sally

‘Jen Danvers considers the Bar Standard Board’s recent regulatory update to barristers concerning the reporting of harassment and the pilot harassment support scheme.’

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Cloisters, 29th October 2018

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Barristers becoming as vulnerable to cyber-attacks as solicitors – Legal Futures

‘Increased use of technology at the Bar and in the court system has left barristers as vulnerable to cyber-attacks as solicitors, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 1st November 2018

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Robot judges less likely than AI-assisted judges, QC predicts – Legal Futures

‘Artificial intelligence (AI) is likely to be used to lower the cost and increase the speed of judicial decisions, a QC specialising in IT and algorithms has predicted.’

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Legal Futures, 30th October 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk