Carl Sargeant family say they are being excluded from inquiry – The Guardian

‘The family of Carl Sargeant have claimed they are being excluded from an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding his sacking as a Welsh minister four days before he took his own life.’

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The Guardian, 18th June 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Bar Council statement on AGFS vote – The Bar council

Posted June 14th, 2018 in barristers, criminal justice, industrial action, legal aid, press releases by tracey

‘Statement from Andrew Walker QC, Chair of the Bar, and Richard Atkins QC, Chair-Elect of the Bar, on the criminal Bar’s vote on the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS).’

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The Bar council, 12th June 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

52:48 again – criminal barristers vote to accept government legal aid deal – Legal Futures

Posted June 13th, 2018 in barristers, criminal justice, fees, legal aid, news by sally

‘The criminal Bar has narrowly voted to accept the government’s offer of £15m additional funding for the advocates’ graduated fee scheme, a result described as “neither a defeat nor a victory”.’

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Legal Futures, 12th June 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Contrasting fortunes for barristers appealing high-profile disciplinary rulings – Legal Futures

Posted June 12th, 2018 in appeals, barristers, disciplinary procedures, news, professional conduct by sally

‘Two barristers have had contrasting fortunes in appeals against high-profile sanctions imposed by the Bar Disciplinary Tribunal.’

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Legal Futures, 12th June 2018

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Barristers in England and Wales call off industrial action – The Guardian

Posted June 12th, 2018 in barristers, criminal justice, industrial action, legal profession, news by sally

‘Criminal barristers have voted by a narrow margin to call off industrial action over fees that has been disrupting court cases across England and Wales for the past few months.’

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The Guardian, 12th June 2018

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Chambers with non-barrister head adds to firsts after electing top US judge as door tenant – Litigation Futures

Posted June 11th, 2018 in barristers, judges, news by sally

‘A former US justice of the Delaware Supreme Court has been elected a door tenant at 3 Hare Court in what is said to be the first move of its kind.’

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Litigation Futures, 11th June 2018

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Sanctions for solicitor who posted offensive comments on Facebook and barrister who got clerk to lie – Legal Futures

Posted June 11th, 2018 in barristers, disciplinary procedures, news, solicitors by sally

‘A solicitor who made offensive remarks in a private Facebook group has been rebuked and fined, while other unusual disciplinary decisions announced yesterday included a suspension for a barrister who got her clerk to lie about her availability for a hearing.’

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Legal Futures, 8th June 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Bar Council chair says he would vote for government’s criminal legal aid deal – Legal Futures

Posted June 8th, 2018 in barristers, criminal justice, fees, legal aid, news by sally

‘The chairman of the Bar Council said yesterday that he would support the £15m deal being offered by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to end the action over criminal legal aid fees, as barristers began voting on whether to accept it.’

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Legal Futures, 8th June 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Bar Council attacks BSB’s disciplinary reform plans – Legal Futures

Posted June 8th, 2018 in barristers, disciplinary procedures, news by sally

‘The Bar Council has called on the Bar Standards Board (BSB) not to move to an “entirely different system” which will see far smaller groups of people than now make decisions on what to do about barristers accused of misconduct.’

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Legal Futures, 6th June 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Bar Council pours cold water on regulator’s complaints plans – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 6th, 2018 in barristers, complaints, consultations, news by tracey

‘he barristers’ representative body has poured cold water on proposals by the regulator to make the process of handling complaints from third parties more independent. In a consultation response the Bar Council said it disagreed with the Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) proposals to replace the professional conduct committee (PCC) with an independent decision-making body.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 5th June 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

New report from the Bar Council reveals true impact of struggling justice system on barristers’ profession – The Bar Council

Posted June 5th, 2018 in barristers, legal profession, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The Bar Council’s new report ‘Barristers’ Working Lives 2017: Barristers’ attitudes towards their working lives, released today, reveals that barristers across England and Wales are struggling with a number of factors affecting their overall working lives, such as workload, stress, and work-life balance.’

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The Bar Council, 29th May 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

No point complaining about a barrister’s conduct to head of chambers or BSB, says judge – Legal Futures

Posted June 1st, 2018 in barristers, bias, complaints, judges, news by sally

‘Complaining about a barrister’s conduct in a written ruling is usually a better way of a judge highlighting concerns than contacting their head of chambers or regulator, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has said.’

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Legal Futures, 1st June 2018

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Barristers bring flexible courts into legal aid action – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Criminal barristers refusing to take on new legal aid work have asked the government to abandon plans to test new operating hours for courts, as heads of chambers prepare to discuss whether or not to accept the government’s surprise offer of investment last week.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 30th May 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

BSB agrees further key elements for the future of Bar training – Bar Standards Board

Posted May 31st, 2018 in barristers, consultations, hate crime, legal education, news, pupillage by sally

‘Following its recent consultation, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has agreed in principle how it should move forward with several further aspects of its review into the training and qualification of barristers.’

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Bar Standards Board, 30th May 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Gauke: criminal bar’s action to disrupt the courts is unacceptable – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 24th, 2018 in barristers, criminal justice, fees, industrial action, legal aid, news by tracey

‘A dispute between the government and the criminal bar over legal aid fees shows no signs of being resolved soon, after the lord chancellor said he was disappointed by the action being taken by advocates and declaring that any disruption to the courts is “unacceptable”‘.

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Law Society's Gazette, 24th May 2018

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Just four of 100 highest-earning criminal defence barristers are women – Legal Futures

Posted May 21st, 2018 in barristers, criminal justice, news, remuneration, women by sally

‘Women barely feature among the top 100 criminal defence barristers when judged by earnings, new figures have shown, and the Bar has been warned that the government could use EU rules on equality in procurement to force change.’

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Legal Futures, 21st May 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

BSB agrees actions to tackle unfair treatment of women at the Bar – Bar Standards Board

Posted May 18th, 2018 in barristers, harassment, press releases, sex discrimination, women by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced how it intends to work with the profession to make further progress in eliminating the discrimination, harassment and other unfair treatment of female barristers.’

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Bar Standards Board, 17th May 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Speech by the President of the Family Division Sir James Munby: the Family Bar in a Digital World – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Speech by the President of the Family Division Sir James Munby: the Family Bar in a Digital World.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 15th May 2018

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

New report shows that becoming a barrister remains highly competitive – Bar Standard Board

Posted May 10th, 2018 in barristers, legal profession, news, reports, universities by sally

‘The BSB has today published the fourth annual edition of its statistical information on student performance on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).’

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Bar Standards Board, 10th May 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Ministry of Justice “a little frustrated” by legal aid strike as CBA recommends ‘no returns’ policy – Legal Futures

‘David Gauke, the justice secretary and Lord Chancellor, has admitted that the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is feeling “a little frustrated” by the direct action taken by criminal law barristers over legal aid fees.’

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Legal Futures, 10th May 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk