Robot junior clerk already processing hundreds of bookings and reducing human working hours – Legal Futures

Posted November 15th, 2017 in artificial intelligence, barristers, barristers' clerks, news by tracey

‘Billy Bot, the “robot junior clerk”, is now managing up to 100 new instructions a day from solicitors and members of the public, agreeing fees, booking cases, checking for conflicts and even making the coffee, Legal Futures can reveal.’

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Legal Futures, 14th November 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Bar Council insurance call for employed barristers gets go-ahead – The Bar Council‎

Posted November 14th, 2017 in barristers, insurance, press releases, pro bono work by tracey

‘Employed barristers will now be allowed to carry out pro bono work as the Bar Council’s call for professional indemnity insurance (PII) extension to cover the employed Bar has been approved by Bar Mutual.’

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The Bar Council, 13th November 2017

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Munby cancels 21 divorces handled by fraudster ex-barrister – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 9th, 2017 in barristers, costs, divorce, documents, fraud, impersonating a barrister, news by tracey

‘The High Court has torn up 21 divorce petitions that were engineered by a convicted fraudster and former barrister.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 9th November 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

New ethics and practice website launched for barristers – The Bar Council

‘A new website devoted entirely to helping barristers with ethical and practice queries has been launched by the Bar Council to support its members.’

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The Bar Council, 6th November 2017

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Wellbeing at the Bar success prompts quarterly roll-out of new Certificate – The Bar Council

Posted November 7th, 2017 in barristers, mental health, press releases by tracey

‘The Wellbeing at the Bar website has acted as a catalyst in bringing the Bar’s attention to wellbeing. Following the successful introduction of a Certificate of Recognition for good wellbeing practice, which attracted over 30 applications in its inaugural round, the Bar Council has announced that it will reopen Certificate applications. This will enable chambers, Inns, Circuits, Specialist Bar Associations and organisations that employ barristers to apply on an ongoing basis, with applications assessed each quarter.’

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The Bar Council, 6th November 2017

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

The Bar has confounded critics and doomsayers for decades – The Bar Council

Posted November 6th, 2017 in barristers, diversity, legal profession, news, queen's counsel, speeches by tracey

‘The Bar has confounded decades of critics and doomsayers through fearlessness and competition for excellence, Chair of the Bar Andrew Langdon QC told the 32nd Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference today.’

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The Bar Council, 4th November 2017

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

BSB publishes updated disciplinary tribunal regulations and rules on parental leave in new BSB Handbook – Bar Standards Board

‘A new rule clarifying how vulnerable witnesses give evidence is one of a set of new and updated disciplinary tribunal regulations published today in the new version of the BSB handbook. The revised Handbook also contains new rules about shared parental leave, in addition to some minor amendments to provide additional clarity.’

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Bar Standards Board, 1st November 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

“Complete backing” for not extending cab-rank rule to public access work – Legal Futures

Posted October 30th, 2017 in barristers, complaints, consultations, disclosure, insurance, legal ombudsman, news by sally

‘The cab-rank rule will not be extended to public and licensed access (PLA) cases after the Bar Standards Board (BSB) received complete backing for the position in consultation.’

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Legal Futures, 30th October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

MoJ “keen” on Jackson fixed costs reforms but they will generate “cottage industry”, says leading QC – Litigation Futures

Posted October 23rd, 2017 in barristers, costs, legal profession, legal services, news by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice is keen on taking forward Lord Justice Jackson’s plans to extend the use of fixed costs, according to a leading QC.’

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Litigation Futures, 20th October 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Why bother with wellbeing? – Counsel

Posted October 20th, 2017 in barristers, mental health, news by sally

‘In the first of a new series, systemic coach Zita Tulyahikayo and James Pereira QC explain why supporting wellbeing should be an essential aspect of barristers’ and chambers’ practice.’

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Counsel, October 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Decisions, decisions – Counsel

Posted October 20th, 2017 in barristers, news by sally

‘Is your chambers constitution the weakest link? Advocates for corporate change, Robin Jackson, David Barnes, Catherine Calder and Nick Rees explain how to re-structure for maximum decision-making effect.’

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Counsel, October 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Junior barristers “bearing the brunt” of pressure in criminal courts – Legal Futures

Posted October 17th, 2017 in barristers, case management, courts, criminal justice, diversity, news by tracey

‘ “Concerned words” about diversity and social mobility need to be turned into action through changes to the way the criminal courts operate if junior barristers are to be retained, the Criminal Bar Association has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 17th October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Bar Council say BSB registration plan risks deterring barristers from youth court work – Legal Futures

Posted October 16th, 2017 in advocacy, barristers, news, remuneration, youth courts by sally

‘The Bar Council has strongly attacked a plan by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) for the compulsory registration of youth court advocates, the first scheme of its type.’

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Legal Futures, 16th October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

A place in your practice – Counsel

Posted October 12th, 2017 in barristers, legal services, news, solicitors by sally

‘As public access goes mainstream, Chris Bryden offers an insight into the merits (and pitfalls) of cutting out the middlemen.’

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Counsel, October 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Barrister shatters “taboo” by discussing emotional impact of rude judges – Legal Futures

Posted October 12th, 2017 in barristers, bullying, judges, legal profession, news by sally

‘A senior barrister has explained why she took to Twitter to shatter a longstanding “taboo” by discussing the emotional impact on advocates of “rude” or “abrasive” judges.’

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Legal Futures, 12th October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Revealed: Bar Council pulls plug on pioneering nursery – Legal Futures

Posted October 10th, 2017 in barristers, children, fees, news, women by sally

‘The Bar Council has closed its flagship nursery scheme at Smithfield in the City of London, citing a lack of places and promising to find other, “more effective” ways of supporting barristers with childcare responsibilities.’

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Legal Futures, 10th October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Bar to consult on scrapping LGBT reporting restrictions – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Bar Standards Board is considering dropping a rule that allows one barrister to prevent an entire set from revealing the sexual orientation and religious beliefs of its members.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 6th October 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Brexit and the Irish Bar – Brexit Law

‘The Brexit vote has opened a Pandora’s box of uncertainties for UK lawyers, not least the issue of how leaving will affect their rights to practise in the EU.’

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Brexit Law, 6th October 2017

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Give the next generation of women a hand up, QC urges female barristers – Legal Futures

Posted October 9th, 2017 in barristers, equality, lectures, news, queen's counsel, women by sally

‘Female barristers need to actively encourage and mentor the next generation of women at the Bar amid the continuing difficulties of achieving equality, a leading silk said last week.’

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Legal Futures, 9th October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

BSB seeks views on updating some of the rules governing barrister training and qualification – Bar Standards Board

Posted October 4th, 2017 in barristers, consultations, inns of court, legal education, news by sally

‘As part of its ongoing Future Bar Training (FBT) programme, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today launched a new consultation on a number of aspects of the way in which barristers train and qualify.’

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Bar Standards Board, 3rd October 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk