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

New guidance for the public and for professionals on immigration and asylum related legal issues – Bar Standards Board

Posted June 30th, 2017 in asylum, barristers, consumer protection, immigration, news, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published two new guidance documents on immigration and asylum issues.’

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Bar Standards Board, 30th June 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

BSB outlines its plan to act on CMA recommendations – Bar Standards Board

Posted June 30th, 2017 in barristers, competition, legal services, news, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its plan to address the recommendations contained in the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) report into legal services.’

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Bar Standards Board, 29th June 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

BSB consults on extending cab-rank rule to direct access cases – but comes out against it – Legal Futures

Posted June 29th, 2017 in barristers, competition, consultations, news, reports by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has argued against extending the cab-rank rule to work where barristers are instructed directly, arguing that access to justice would not improve, it might discourage them from taking instructions from the public, and may lead to clients invoking the rule inappropriately.’

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Legal Futures, 27th June 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

BSB issues consultation on simplifying the Public and Licensed Access Rules – Bar Standards Board

Posted June 27th, 2017 in barristers, consultations, news by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a new consultation on potential changes to the rules governing the Public and Licensed Access schemes for barristers.’

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Bar Standards Board, 26th June 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

“Massive memory test” preventing Bar students from understanding ethical values – Legal Futures

‘Bar students are struggling to understand ethical values because of the “massive memory test” awaiting them in the examination room, a senior lecturer has claimed.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd June 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Bar Council cautions over online guilty pleas – The Bar Council

Posted June 22nd, 2017 in barristers, electronic filing, guilty pleas, news, press releases by tracey

‘Using a smartphone to plead guilty to a criminal offence may seem convenient, but the Bar Council has warned that Government plans to roll out online pleas, outlined in today’s Queen’s Speech, risk down-playing potentially serious consequences for defendants.’

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The Bar Council, 21st June 2017

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Becoming a barrister remains highly competitive, new report shows – Bar Standards Board

Posted June 21st, 2017 in barristers, legal education, news, statistics by sally

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

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Bar Standards Board, 19th June 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Prevalence of all-male teams of counsel at Supreme Court “damaging diversity”, research finds – Legal Futures

Posted June 20th, 2017 in advocacy, barristers, diversity, judiciary, news, Supreme Court, trials by sally

‘Supreme Court judges should question the make-up of all-male teams of barristers appearing before the highest court in the land as their prevalence is damaging diversity in the profession, researchers have argued.’

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Legal Futures, 20th June 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

BSB publishes consultation on new declaration rules for barristers – Bar Standards Board

Posted June 14th, 2017 in barristers, money laundering, news, press releases, remuneration, standards by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a consultation on a new set of proposals to require barristers to declare a range of information about their practice to the regulator every year when applying for their practising certificate. This also includes new and returning barristers.’

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Bar Standards Board, 2th June 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Fair share – Counsel

‘All members should feel that chambers is doing their best for them. But how can you check work is being allocated fairly, and how can clerks demonstrate the fact of fairness? Rachel Crasnow QC reports from a seminar addressing these concerns.’

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Counsel, June 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Rule 44. 11 – Court’s powers in relation to misconduct – 4 KBW

‘Part 44 of the Civil Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2013 (SI 2013/262) was re-enacted on 1st April 2013 and concerns the court’s powers in relation to misconduct. incur Where a party (a) fails to comply with a court rule in assessment or summary proceedings, or (b) acts unreasonably or improperly before or during proceedings the court may disallow all or part of the costs which are being assessed or order the party at fault or that party’s legal representative to pay costs which that party or legal representative has caused any other party to incur. The misconduct extends to the legal representative of a party as well as to the party personally and includes both summary assessment and detailed assessment proceedings and refers to any failure to comply with the provisions of Part 47 and any direction, rule, practice direction or court order.’

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4 KBW, 2nd June 2017

Source: www.4kbw.net

The only way is ethics – Counsel

‘With integrity at the heart of the Bar, dilemmas often arise. Rachel Langdale QC calls to mind the guiding hand of the Ethics Committee, assisting barristers in the heat (or calm) of a crisis. Ellie Cumbo offers an insight into a year at the other end of the helpline.’

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Counsel, June 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Whip-lash away? – Counsel

Posted June 9th, 2017 in barristers, bills, costs, damages, judges, news, personal injuries, road traffic by sally

‘As the general election pauses the planned whiplash reforms, Robert Weir QC examines the winners and losers, implications for personal injury litigation and disproportionate impact on the junior Bar.’

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Counsel, June 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk