Barrister wins right to see reports his bank made to police – Legal Futures

Posted October 11th, 2018 in banking, barristers, freedom of information, money laundering, news, police by sally

‘A barrister has won the right to see suspicious activity reports (SARs) that his bank made to the National Crime Agency (NCA) about money received into his accounts.’

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Legal Futures, 10th October 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Top costs QC: Unacceptable that proportionality test is still not clear – Litigation Futures

Posted October 9th, 2018 in barristers, costs, news, proportionality by tracey

‘It is “unacceptable” that there is still no guidance on the proportionality test more than five years after it came into force, a leading costs silk has argued.’

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Litigation Futures, 9th October 2018

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

New chapter: ending sexual harassment at the Bar – Counsel

Posted October 9th, 2018 in barristers, harassment, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘It’s not just women who are victims, not just men who are perpetrators and not just dinosaurs who are the problem. Sophie Garner and Esther Gamble outline the new Bar Council guidance on sexual harassment – busting myths, altering mindsets and powering collaborative change.’

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Counsel, October 2018

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Interview: Lord Sumption – Counsel

Posted October 9th, 2018 in barristers, judges, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The magic of the Bar, call of the Bench and parallel lives: in a rare interview Lord Sumption sets the record straight with Anthony Inglese.’

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Counsel, October 2018

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Bar Council targets chambers’ “ineffective” harassment policies – Legal Futures

Posted October 8th, 2018 in barristers, harassment, news, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘The Bar Council is to publish new guidance for barristers and chambers on dealing with sexual harassment, amid claims that many chambers’ existing policies are “wholly ineffective”.’

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Legal Futures, 8th October 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Bar considers responses on future of pupillage – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 3rd, 2018 in barristers, consultations, legal education, news, pupillage by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is to assess the future of pupillage after the deadline for chambers to respond to a consultation on reforms passed on Sunday.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st October 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Barristers not making harassment complaints to regulator – Legal Futures

‘Reports of sexual harassment at the Bar are not turning into formal complaints to barristers’ regulator, new figures have shown.’

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Legal Futures, 1 October 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

BSB improves efficiency in complaint handling – Bar Standards Board

Posted September 28th, 2018 in barristers, complaints, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its Enforcement Report for 2017-18. The report provides an overview of the regulator’s enforcement work during the year and includes statistics about the volume, trends and outcomes of complaints about barristers, including disciplinary proceedings.’

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Bar Standards Board, 28th September 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Chambers to adopt name of female barrister pioneer – Legal Futures

Posted September 27th, 2018 in barristers, news, women by tracey

‘The first set to be named after a woman in the history of the Bar is to honour one of the first two female King’s Counsel, as they then were, it has emerged. 218 Strand Chambers in London – which claims to be the closest set of chambers to the Royal Courts of Justice – is to change its name to Normanton Chambers in January.’

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Legal Futures, 27th September 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

BSB urged to take over ‘fit and proper person’ tests from inns – Legal Futures

Posted September 26th, 2018 in barristers, inns of court, news, vetting by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has been urged to take control from the Inns of Court of deciding whether someone is ‘fit and proper’ to be called to the Bar.’

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Legal Futures, 26th September 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

‘Don’t swell the ranks with solicitors’ – bar fights training reforms – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 20th, 2018 in barristers, legal education, legal profession, news, solicitor advocates, solicitors by tracey

‘Proposed reforms to barristers’ training would “unacceptably dilute” the bar’s standards by giving solicitors an easy route to entry, the Bar Council has said. In its response to proposals for reforming the education and training requirements for barristers, the representative body says that exempting solicitor advocates from parts of the qualification process would “be attractive to solicitors who regard admission to the bar as a badge of achievement, and who will recognise that this route to that badge is fundamentally less arduous than the route barristers currently take.”‘

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Law Society's Gazette, 19th September 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Bar Council slams BSB’s “dilution” of barrister brand – Legal Futures

Posted September 19th, 2018 in barristers, news, rights of audience, solicitors by sally

‘The Bar Council has reacted with outrage to training reforms that it says would include automatically ‘passporting’ solicitors with rights of audience and academics through qualification as barristers, thus “diluting” the brand.’

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Legal Futures, 19th September 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Trust in solicitors a key issue when consumers choose barristers – Legal Futures

Posted September 17th, 2018 in barristers, consumer protection, legal services, news, solicitors by sally

‘Consumers tend to shop around or use a public access barrister and ignore their solicitor’s recommendation when trust had broken down, according to Bar Standards Board-commissioned (BSB) research.

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Legal Futures, 17th September 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Standard of proof: Barristers warned against “defensive lawyering” – Legal Futures

‘It would be “extremely disappointing” if barristers’ became more defensive in their behaviour as a result of lowering the standard of proof for disciplinary matters, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has said.’

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Legal Futures, 13th September 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

BSB seeks views on draft of new Bar transparency rules – Bar Standards Board

Posted September 13th, 2018 in barristers, consultations, disclosure, legal services, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today launched a consultation to seek views about its proposed new rules to improve transparency standards for clients of the Bar.’

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Bar Standards Board, 13th September 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Robing room is not a “no-go area” for barristers’ regulator – Legal Futures

Posted August 29th, 2018 in barristers, disciplinary procedures, news, professional conduct by sally

‘Robing rooms may be a private sanctuary for barristers but they cannot be viewed as a “no-go area” for their regulator, the High Court has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 28th August 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Client wins JR over fees on offer to his barristers – Legal Futures

Posted August 28th, 2018 in barristers, fees, legal aid, news by sally

‘A man charged with a complex fraud has won a judicial review over the offer made by Legal Aid Agency (LAA) for the fees of his preferred counsel.’

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Legal Futures, 28th August 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Bar Council: New open justice rule could disadvantage litigants in person – Litigation Futures

Posted August 28th, 2018 in barristers, civil procedure rules, disclosure, litigants in person, news by sally

‘A new rule putting the parties under an explicit obligation to disclose to the other side communications with the court could disadvantage litigants in person (LiPs), the Bar Council has warned.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th August 2018

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Barrister suspended for High Court advocacy before and during pupillage – Legal Futures

Posted August 24th, 2018 in barristers, disciplinary procedures, McKenzie friends, news, pupillage by sally

‘A barrister has been suspended for six months by a Bar disciplinary tribunal for acting as an advocate in the High Court before and during his pupillage.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd August 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

LSB to monitor advocacy standards as QASA is finally killed off – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 23rd, 2018 in advocacy, barristers, Legal Services Board, news, quality assurance by sally

‘The controversial Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) has been formally consigned to the history books for barristers – though oversight regulator the Legal Services Board (LSB) has pledged to keep a watchful eye on advocacy standards.

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LAw Society's Gazette, 20th August 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk