Mediation: untangling knotty problems – Counsel

Posted February 21st, 2020 in barristers, civil justice, codes of practice, dispute resolution, news by sally

‘What’s the most voiced complaint about litigators, the Bar in particular, going into mediation? Some best practice points emerged from the recent Civil Mediation Council Conference – writes Rawdon Crozier.’

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Counsel, February 2020

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Who gets silk? 2019 – Counsel

Posted February 20th, 2020 in barristers, diversity, news, queen's counsel, statistics by sally

‘Celebrating the 114 new silks – plus forensic analysis of the 2019 cohort and what it says about equality of opportunity in the profession and health of the Bar –by David Wurtzel.’

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Counsel, February 2020

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Equitable briefing – Counsel

Posted February 19th, 2020 in barristers, diversity, equality, news, sex discrimination, statistics, women by sally

‘Talent is everywhere, opportunity is not: why equitable briefing is the most pressing practice issue for the Bar in 2020 – writes Lucy Barbet.’

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Counsel, February 2020

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Barristers warn of strain on defendants after Caroline Flack death – The Guardian

‘The death of the Love Island presenter Caroline Flack has prompted questions about the way the justice system deals with allegations of domestic abuse and the strains imposed on defendants.’

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The Guardian, 16th February 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

The QC Tipped To Lead The Effort To ‘Update’ Human Rights Laws – Each Other

‘The attorney general, Geoffrey Cox QC, has been tipped to lead a new government commission tasked with updating human rights laws and reforming the judiciary.’

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Each Other, 12th February 2020

Source: eachother.org.uk

Commercial Court aims to tackle listing issues – Litigation Futures

‘The Commercial Court has pledged to try and eliminate listing issues that have occurred in the past year amid a reduction in the number of available judges.’

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Litigation Futures, 13th February 2020

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Bar Council wellbeing schemes ignored by barristers – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 13th, 2020 in barristers, bullying, mental health, news by tracey

‘Bar Council efforts to stamp out bullying and improve mental health in the profession are not working, uptake figures suggest, as discontent at the organisation grows.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 12th February 2020

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Solicitor’s “manifest incompetence” in employing banned barrister – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor who employed a banned barrister as a consultant without checking his identity or his record with the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has been fined £20,000.’

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Legal Futures, 10th February 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Crown court sitting days increase ‘nowhere near enough’ – criminal bar – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 5th, 2020 in barristers, criminal justice, Crown Court, delay, news, statistics by tracey

‘The criminal bar has welcomed the thousands of extra Crown court sitting days announced by the government this week but says it is not even close to what is needed.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 5th February 2020

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Lawyers could be forced to sign up to comparison websites – Legal Futures

‘Law firms, chambers and other legal services providers could be forced to sign up to comparison websites so that clients can let others know about the quality of service they received.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd February 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Bar investigates training on how to deal with suicidal clients – Legal Futures

Posted January 27th, 2020 in barristers, families, family courts, legal education, mental health, news, suicide by sally

‘The Bar Council is to explore how to deliver training to barristers about dealing with suicidal clients after a family law practitioner related her own harrowing experiences confronting the issue.’

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Legal Futures, 27th January 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Disabled lawyers “face daily discrimination” – Legal Futures

‘Disabled lawyers face both overt and “unconscious” discrimination on a daily basis, such as “rituals, practices and attitudes that exclude or undermine them”, according to research published today.’

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Legal Futures, 24th February 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Chambers introduces mandatory “anti-oppression” training – Legal Futures

Posted January 23rd, 2020 in barristers, continuing professional development, equality, news by tracey

‘A London chambers has made it compulsory for all members to attend “anti-oppression” sessions covering the range of protected characteristics.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd January 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

This Doesn’t Look Like Justice – Western Circuit

Posted January 23rd, 2020 in barristers, criminal justice, reports by tracey

‘The Leader of the Western Circuit, Kate Brunner QC, has, alongside Anna Midgley and Holly Rust compiled a report, This Doesn’t Look Like Justice, showing how justice is being denied to victims and their families, as well as all other users of the criminal justice system.’

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Western Circuit, 22nd January 2020

Source: www.westerncircuit.co.uk

SRA presses ahead with plan to cut compensation awards – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is pressing on with plans to cut the upper limit for Compensation Fund awards from £2m to £500,000, while modifying other proposals to reduce the cost of the scheme.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd January 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

LSB launches continuing competence inquiry – Legal Futures

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has launched a call for evidence on continuing competence, the first stage in a promised review of the issue that could lead to periodic checks on lawyers’ fitness to practise.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd January 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Wellbeing and cost of practice worrying barristers – Legal Futures

Posted January 22nd, 2020 in barristers, mental health, news, rates, rent, standards, statistics by sally

‘Experienced barristers are largely confident for their own futures but face challenges around wellbeing, the rising cost of doing business and the late payment of fees, a major survey has found.’

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Legal Futures, 20th January 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Bar regulator struggles with rise in complaints from public – Legal Futures

Posted January 21st, 2020 in barristers, complaints, news by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is struggling to cope with the rise in complaints from members of the public, its annual enforcement report has revealed.’

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Legal Futures, 21st January 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Third of barristers see cuts and changes to legal aid as “critical challenge”, LexisNexis report finds – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 21st, 2020 in barristers, budgets, legal aid, news by sally

‘Family and criminal barristers handling publicly funded work consider the cuts and changes to legal aid as a major concern, a report by LexisNexis UK has revealed.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th January 2020

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

No shift in demographics as 114 new QCs are named – Litigation Futures

Posted January 20th, 2020 in barristers, diversity, equality, news, queen's counsel, women by sally

‘Some 114 new QCs were appointed yesterday, with the statistics showing little change in the demographics of the 258 who applied, of whom just a fifth were women.’

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Litigation Futures, 17th January 2020

Source: www.litigationfutures.com