Women lawyers “more risk averse” about applying for QC – Legal Futures

Posted September 25th, 2017 in barristers, news, queen's counsel, women by sally

‘A report from the body that oversees Queen’s Counsel appointments has recommended a raft of changes to encourage women to apply and bring the numbers of female silks nearer to the proportion eligible in the profession.’

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Legal Futures, 25th September 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

BSB makes unprecedented public apology to QC over investigation failures – Legal Futures

Posted September 20th, 2017 in barristers, delay, news, professional conduct by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) issued an unprecedented public apology to a QC yesterday for the errors and delays it made in clearing him of misconduct.’

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Legal Futures, 20th September 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Change in disciplinary standard of proof “will incentivise barristers to deliver good services”, says consumer panel – Legal Futures

Posted September 12th, 2017 in barristers, consumer protection, disciplinary procedures, news, standard of proof by tracey

‘The Legal Services Consumer Panel has given strong backing to the Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) proposal to reduce the standard of proof in disciplinary proceedings from the criminal to the civil standard.’

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Legal Futures, 12th September 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Pupillage special: Who supervises the supervisors? – Counsel

Posted September 12th, 2017 in barristers, news, pupillage by tracey

‘Guy Fetherstonhaugh QC and Simon O’Toole assess the Pupillage Supervisor Network one year on and offer a view on pupillage regulation.’

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Counsel, August 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

“Be prepared to criticise judges pushing reform,” Bar Council chair tells barristers – Legal Futures

Posted September 11th, 2017 in barristers, complaints, HM Courts Service, judges, news by tracey

‘The rise in judge-led reform means that barristers may to start speaking out against those they appear before, the chairman of the Bar Council has said.’

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Legal Futures, 11th September 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Bar claims surge of interest in direct access – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 25th, 2017 in barristers, internet, legal services, news by sally

‘The Bar Council has claimed that figures from an online portal it runs have revealed a ‘surge of interest’ from businesses and people keen to bypass solicitors and instead use direct access barristers to help with their problems.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 23rd August 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Flexible Court Hours pilot: Bar Chair’s reply to Lord Justice Fulford – The Bar Council

Posted August 10th, 2017 in barristers, courts, flexible working, news, pilot schemes by tracey

‘In a reply to Lord Justice Fulford, Andrew Langdon QC, Chair of the Bar, has expressed continued concern with plans for Flexible Operating Court Hours pilots.’

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The Bar Council, 7th August 2017

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Court of Appeal tells barrister she is being “over-sensitive” with complaints about trial judge’s behaviour – Legal Futures

Posted August 9th, 2017 in barristers, bias, complaints, judges, news by sally

The vice-president of the Court of Appeal’s criminal division has told a barrister who complained about a trial judge that she was over-sensitive and lacked an “understanding of the role of the judge in managing a jury trial”.

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Legal Futures, 9th August 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Mail on Sunday censured for ‘misleading’ attack on top QC – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 8th, 2017 in barristers, complaints, media, news, professional conduct, queen's counsel by sally

‘The independent press regulator has ruled in favour of a leading QC after she complained about an article which appeared in the Mail on Sunday.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 7th August 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

BSB increases efficiency in handling complaints – Bar Standards Board

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its Enforcement Annual Report for 2016-17.’

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Bar Standards Board, 1st August 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Bar disciplinary tribunal panel recuses itself after barrister complains of bias – Legal Futures

Posted July 25th, 2017 in adjournment, barristers, disciplinary procedures, news, recusal, tribunals by sally

‘The panel of a Bar disciplinary tribunal has taken the highly unusual step of recusing itself after an allegation that it had shown actual or apparent bias against the defendant barrister, Legal Futures can reveal.’

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Legal Futures, 25th July 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

A driving conviction stopped me from becoming a barrister – The Guardian

Posted July 24th, 2017 in barristers, criminal records, Crown Prosecution Service, news by sally

‘The Crown Prosecution Service signed up to give everyone a fair chance to apply for jobs, including those with criminal records – but it has a long way to go.’

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The Guardian, 22nd July 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Passenger who stuffed £10 into a Barrister’s mouth after being asked to stop pinching snacks from first class trolley found guilty of assault – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 24th, 2017 in assault, barristers, compensation, costs, fines, news, railways, sentencing by sally

‘A pensioner who forced a ten pound note into the mouth of a fellow rail passenger after helping himself to food and drink from a first class train compartment, has been found guilty of assault.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th July 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Boost for legal bloggers after High Court throws out libel claim against barrister – Legal Futures

Posted July 17th, 2017 in barristers, defamation, internet, news, privilege, striking out by tracey

‘The growing ranks of legal bloggers commenting on often sensitive court rulings have been given comfort after a libel claim brought against a barrister who wrote about one on his personal website was struck out.’

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Legal Futures, 17th July 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Bar Standards Board “to monitor impact of longer court hours plan on diversity” – Legal Futures

Posted July 14th, 2017 in barristers, diversity, news, working time by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is considering the impact of the HM Courts and Tribunal Service’s (HMCTS) proposals for longer sitting hours on the diversity of the profession, the only legal regulator so far to take a step, however tentative, into an issue that has generated bitter opposition from the profession.’

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Legal Futures, 14th July 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Barristers are serving family law clients well, says new BSB research – Bar Standards Board

Posted July 13th, 2017 in barristers, family courts, news, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The BSB has today published the findings of its research with people who have used barristers’ services during family legal proceedings. The findings show that most of those who took part in the research were positive about the service they received from their barrister.’

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Bar Standards Board, 11th July 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Bar Chair: Time to admit flexible court hours is a bad idea – The Bar Council

‘Two things are on a collision course. The first is Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service’s (HMTCS) plan that courts operate on a shift system – so called “Flexible Operating Hours”.The second is the determination of the legal profession and many within the judiciary to do whatever it takes to retain talented women at the Bar so that the senior Bar and the judiciary at all levels exhibit a stronger representation of women.’

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The Bar Council, 12th July 2017

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

“Perception” of high cost discouraging family law clients from going direct to barristers – Legal Futures

Posted July 12th, 2017 in barristers, family courts, fees, news, solicitors by sally

‘There is a “clear perception” among most family law clients that barristers are more expensive than solicitors and other legal services providers, major research commissioned by the Bar Standards Board has found.’

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Legal Futures, 12th July 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Rethink needed on availability of legal aid – The Bar Council

Posted July 7th, 2017 in barristers, judges, legal aid, news, speeches by tracey

‘Commenting on Lord Neuberger’s speech published yesterday, Chair of the Bar Andrew Langdon QC has said that a complete rethink on the availability and sufficiency of legal aid is needed in order to prevent excluding those who cannot afford its protection.’

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The Bar Council, 5th July 2017

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

New rules mean being cleared of misconduct by disciplinary tribunal may not be the end for barristers – Legal Futures

Posted July 3rd, 2017 in barristers, disciplinary procedures, news, tribunals by tracey

‘Barristers who are cleared of misconduct by a disciplinary tribunal can still be sanctioned for breaching the BSB Handbook, under new changes to the rules approved by the Legal Services Board.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd July 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk