Barristers ‘more stressed’ than NHS staff – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 21st, 2018 in barristers, mental health, news by tracey

‘Barristers are less happy in their working lives than staff in the National Health Service, with stress and a failure of chambers to help with pressures outside work among major concerns.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 19th February 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Carry on dining: Bar Council defends role of Inns in education and training – Legal Futures

Posted February 16th, 2018 in barristers, inns of court, legal education, news by sally

‘Making membership of the Inns of Court optional for barristers would disadvantage those with the least “social capital”, the Bar Council has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 14th February 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

‘My printer broke’: Barrister escapes suspension after PC blunder – Law Society Gazette

Posted February 14th, 2018 in barristers, disciplinary procedures, news by michael

“A barrister who appeared for a client in court despite not holding a practising certificate has avoided suspension after a disciplinary tribunal accepted her arguments that IT troubles prevented her from applying to renew it on time.”

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Law Society Gazette, 13th February 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Raising the Young Bar profile – Counsel

Posted February 12th, 2018 in barristers, news, young persons by tracey

‘Junior barristers, now more than ever, face a world which looks increasingly uncertain. Rick Hoyle, Chair of the Young Barristers’ Committee, looks at the worrying trend and what is being done about it.’

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Counsel, February 2018

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Repair company employee convicted for passing on customer details for PI cold calls – Legal Futures

‘A former worker at an accident repair firm who downloaded and sold the personal data of motorists to nuisance callers has been convicted under the Data Protection Act of unlawfully obtaining and disclosing data.’

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Legal Futures, 9th February 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Do more than the bare minimum on parental leave, chambers told – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 9th, 2018 in barristers, flexible working, maternity leave, news, paternity leave by tracey

‘The Bar Council has urged chambers to go beyond the bare minimum in supporting parental leave and hopes its new guide will encourage caring responsibilites to be more fairly divided.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 8th February 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

English barristers trained to be less pompous in bid to win over wealthy international clients – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 5th, 2018 in barristers, continuing professional development, inns of court, news by sally

‘English barristers are being trained to come across as less pompous in social situations in a bid to win over wealthy international clients.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th February 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

BSB publishes new version of its Handbook – Bar Standards Handbook

Posted February 1st, 2018 in barristers, codes of practice, press releases, professional conduct by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published the latest version of the BSB Handbook which contains the Code of Conduct for barristers in England and Wales. This introduces new authorisation to practise requirements, streamlines the public and licensed access rules, and introduces new obligations for barristers and BSB regulated entities to comply with the new Anti-Money Laundering Regulations. The new rules mean that there are four new reporting requirements for barristers looking to apply for or renew their practising certificates.’

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Bar Standards Handbook, 1st February 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Underfunded justice system ‘crumbling’, top criminal barrister says – The Guardian

‘Failures to disclose evidence in rape prosecutions are a sign of the “dystopian disaster” engulfing the criminal justice system that has been caused by chronic government underfunding, the head of the criminal bar has warned.’

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The Guardian, 29th January 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Top barristers who refuse to become judges “will destroy infrastructure”, warns Vos – Litigation Futures

Posted January 26th, 2018 in barristers, judiciary, news, recruitment, remuneration by sally

‘Commercial barristers “of the highest quality” who refuse to become judges will “destroy the very infrastructure that has allowed them to prosper”, the chancellor of the High Court has warned.’

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Litigation Futures, 25th January 2018

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

BSB to consider whether chambers need ‘work allocation officers’ to ensure equality – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is to consider requiring that chambers have a ‘work allocation officer’ as part of its Women at the Bar equality project, it emerged yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 26th January 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

‘I began my career as a single mum’: female QCs changing the face of law – The Guadian

Posted January 22nd, 2018 in barristers, diversity, equality, news, queen's counsel, women by sally

‘Just 32 women are among this year’s 119 new QCs, but they hope their success will inspire others.’

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The Guardian, 19th January 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Bar chair: Separation remains for a reason – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 16th, 2018 in barristers, legal profession, legal services, news, solicitors by tracey

‘I’m sure every chair for the last several years has been asked to comment on a forthcoming fusion of professions,’ said Andrew Walker QC when asked whether the solicitor and barrister professions will maintain their separate status in years to come.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th January 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Exclusive: Solicitors choose “practical and proportionate” BSB regulation in ABS first – Legal Futures

‘Solicitors setting up an alternative business structure (ABS) this month in Marlborough, Wiltshire, have chosen to be regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).’

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Legal Futures, 12th January 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Bar Council lashes BSB over price publication plans – Legal Futures

Posted January 11th, 2018 in barristers, complaints, consultations, fees, news, publishing by tracey

‘The Bar Council has strongly attacked plans by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) to force barristers to publish prices and internal complaints records.’

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Legal Futures, 11th January 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Bar Council: New Lord Chancellor must ensure justice is properly resourced and functioning effectively – The Bar Council

Posted January 9th, 2018 in barristers, legal aid, lord chancellor, news by sally

‘Commenting on the appointment of The Rt Hon David Gauke MP as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, the Chair of the Bar, Andrew Walker QC, said:

“The Bar Council warmly congratulates David Gauke on his appointment. We look forward to working with the new Lord Chancellor to ensure access to justice is available to all, to ensure that the system for securing the administration of justice is resourced properly and functioning effectively, and to achieve fair and sustainable public funding arrangements for advocacy and legal advice. These matter because they underpin the rule of law and our constitutional principles which the Lord Chancellor has a special responsibility to uphold.”‘

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The Bar Council, 9th January 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

QC appointments remain male dominated, but women who apply more likely to succeed – Litigation Futures

Posted January 4th, 2018 in barristers, equality, news, queen's counsel, women by sally

‘Only 18% of applicants for silk this year were women, but they were far more likely to be appointed than men, it has emerged as 119 new QCs were named today.’

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Litigation Futures, 21st December 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Revealed: Sudden increase in students enrolling on Bar training course – Legal Futures

Posted January 4th, 2018 in barristers, legal education, news by sally

‘There has been a surprise 14% increase in the number of students enrolling on the Bar professional training course (BPTC), it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd January 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Revealed: White students twice as likely as black counterparts to pass LPC – Legal Futures

‘Students from white backgrounds are almost twice as likely as those from black backgrounds to pass the legal practice course (LPC), a report by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has revealed.’

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Legal Futures, 4th January 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Barrister suspended for giving client money ‘for food’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 18th, 2017 in barristers, disciplinary procedures, news, professional conduct, tribunals by sally

‘A barrister who gave a client cash to pay bills and buy clothes while he was representing her in criminal proceedings has been suspended for six months.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th December 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk