Legal regulators slammed for “lacking expertise” on comparison data – Legal Futures

‘Lawyer data already in the public domain cannot easily be adapted to help consumers choose a lawyer, mainly due to failings by legal regulators, according to research.’

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Legal Futures, 18th October 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

BSB promises to tackle ‘ageing’ bar – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 18th, 2021 in barristers, diversity, news, pupillage, statistics by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board has warned that there could be “real challenges” ahead if the average age of barristers continues to rise, following a study which found that 40% of barristers are now over 50 years old.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th October 2021

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Bar students need more pupillage data to avoid “buyer’s remorse” – Legal Futures

Posted October 15th, 2021 in barristers, computer programs, legal education, news, pupillage by tracey

‘Bar students should be given detailed information from chambers about their pupillage criteria to avoid suffering from “buyer’s remorse” when they realise how difficult it is to succeed, a barrister and former Bar course teacher has argued.’

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Legal Futures, 15th October 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Less is more: my practical advice after almost forty years of practising – Family Law Week

Posted October 15th, 2021 in barristers, families, family courts, news by tracey

‘Gabrielle Jan Posner, Barrister and Recorder, Trinity Chambers, Chelmsford, passes on some hard-earned tips.’

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Family Law Week, 12th October 2021

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Seeing wellbeing as a weakness must change for all our sakes – Family Law

Posted October 13th, 2021 in barristers, family courts, mental health, news by tracey

‘Earlier this year we did a chambers wide audit of mental health and wellbeing and provided a wellbeing workshop for barristers and staff. I have been in practice for nearly thirty years and the mantra “work comes first” dominates my work ethic. I know this has been to my detriment. For example, going to court on the morning my father died because I couldn’t let the court down.’

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Family Law, 8th October 2021

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Students used by law firm for agency advocacy are ‘workers’ – Legal Futures

‘A Bar student who handled agency advocacy work through a law firm was a worker with certain rights and not self-employed, an employment tribunal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 8th October 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Non-practising barrister fined for calling herself “barrister-at-law” – Legal Futures

‘A non-practising barrister has been reprimanded and for describing herself as a “barrister-at-law” on emails, telling a client she could represent her and taking money to submit an immigration application.’

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Legal Futures, 6th October 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

To cap or not to cap, that is the question – Counsel

Posted October 5th, 2021 in barristers, legal education, news, pupillage, statistics by sally

‘There is a debate that perennially surfaces on social media and leads to animated discussion – “far too many students start the Bar course with little or no prospects of success; spending money they can ill afford; and that any given scholarship money could be used differently”. The debate can be stifled, or misdirected, by inaccurate statistics or recollections of a Bar course from a halcyon age. Fortunately, and in the best Twitter form, this debate also provides a whole host of suggested solutions.’

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Counsel, October 2021

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Gender pay gap at Bar has widened over past 20 years – Legal Futures

‘The income gap between male and female barristers has increased over the last 20 years, new Bar Council figures have shown.’

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Legal Futures, 4th October 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Quarter of pupillage hopefuls £50k in debt – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 4th, 2021 in barristers, coronavirus, debts, news, pupillage, statistics by tracey

‘Over a third of aspiring barristers expect to have racked up over £40,000 of debt by the time they complete pupillage, as the number of applicants competing for jobs continues to rise.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st October 2021

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Human rights lawyers call on UK government to ban ‘conversion therapy’ – The Guardian

‘Leading human rights lawyers and experts have called for swift action to outlaw so-called conversion therapy, which they say is degrading and harmful, and should not be tolerated in a civilised society.’

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The Guardian, 1st October 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

30% of barristers have faced bullying, harassment and discrimination – Legal Futures

‘Nearly one in three barristers have personal experience of bullying, harassment and/or discrimination (BHD) in the past two years, Bar Council research has revealed.’

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Legal Futures, 28th September 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Barrister disbarred after council tax fraud conviction – Legal Futures

‘A barrister convicted of council tax fraud who was then found to have lied at a re-hearing has been disbarred.’

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Legal Futures, 29th September 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

“Positive action scheme” bids to improve diversity of Treasury Counsel – Legal Futures

Posted September 27th, 2021 in barristers, diversity, equality, government departments, news by sally

‘A “positive action scheme” for advocates who have the potential to become Treasury Counsel in the future – aimed to address a lack of diversity in their ranks – is to be launched next month.’

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Legal Futures, 27th September 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Ep 149: Closed Material Procedures with Angus McCullough QC – Law Pod UK

Posted September 27th, 2021 in barristers, closed material, news, podcasts by sally

‘Closed Material Proceedings take place where evidence is so secret that advocates cannot communicate directly with their clients. Angus McCullough QC talks to Rosalind English about the difficulties and obstacles he faces when acting as a Special Advocate in these proceedings.’

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Law Pod UK, 24th September 2021

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Clerks “must play bigger role in fair work allocation” – Legal Futures

Posted September 24th, 2021 in barristers, barristers' clerks, diversity, employment, equality, news by sally

‘Barristers’ clerks must step up and ensure that both work coming in and marketing efforts by chambers are done with an eye to equality in the way they are distributed, a seminar heard this week.’

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Legal Futures, 24th September 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Barrister waived privilege in document by showing it to opposing counsel – Legal Futures

Posted September 22nd, 2021 in barristers, disclosure, evidence, news, privilege, repossession, witnesses by sally

‘Counsel for a defendant in possession proceedings voluntarily disclosed a draft witness statement to her opposing number and in doing so waived privilege, the High Court has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd September 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

QC calls on UK to support female judges at risk in Afghanistan – The Guardian

‘Helena Kennedy QC has launched an urgent appeal to provide support to judges along with lawyers, women’s rights activists, human rights defenders and their families at risk in Afghanistan and in need of a safe haven abroad.’

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The Guardian, 21st September 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

Tribunal declines to strike out pupillage discrimination claim – The Guardian

‘An employment tribunal has refused to strike out a claim that a chambers discriminated against a pupillage applicant even though it has “little reasonable chance” of succeeding.’

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Legal Futures, 21st September 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Chambers obtains final injunction after cyber-attack – Legal Futures

Posted September 16th, 2021 in barristers, computer crime, default judgments, injunctions, news by tracey

‘A London chambers hit by a cyber-attack has secured a final injunction from the High Court against “persons unknown”.’

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Legal Futures, 16th September 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk