International community “will see Halliburton ruling as protecting Bar” – Litigation Futures

‘The Supreme Court’s decision not to remove a QC from an arbitration will reinforce the international perception that members of the English Bar are being protected, a solicitor has claimed.’

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Litigation Futures, 30th November 2020

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Silent sufferers? Bar’s efforts to improve harassment reporting failing – Legal Futures

Posted November 30th, 2020 in barristers, bullying, harassment, news, pilot schemes, sexual offences by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is to “reflect” on the duty on barristers to report harassment, with efforts to improve reporting proving ineffective, as it looks at new measures to tackle bullying and harassment.’

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Legal Futures, 30th November 2020

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Chambers “expected” to commit to race audits and ‘positive action’ – Legal Futures

‘Chambers should conduct race equality audits and, if necessary, introduce “positive action” to address the problems identified, as well as publish anti-racist statements, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) is set to say.’

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Legal Futures, 27th November 2020

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BSB publishes anti-racist statement – Bar Standards Board

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) last night agreed an anti-racist statement which aims to reduce race inequality at the Bar of England and Wales.’

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Bar Standards Board, 27th November 2020

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BSB publishes its first Regulatory Decisions Report – Bar Standards Board

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its first annual Regulatory Decisions Report. It covers the year ending on 31 March 2020.’

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Bar Standards Board, 27th November 2020

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‘I don’t like acts of dishonesty by the state’: Jolyon Maugham QC on Covid cronyism – The Guardian

‘Over the past few years, Jolyon Maugham QC, founder of the Good Law Project, has become an unmissable presence on Twitter. But unlike most keyboard warriors – anonymously vocal about Brexit, trading memes over mask-wearing and gender politics – he has only ever seen the social media platform as a means to an end. “I really don’t like this phenomenon of disinterested observers pointing out things that are going wrong,” he says. “I want to be in the club of people who actually put skin in the game to make it better, rather than merely making clever observations from the sidelines.”’

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The Guardian, 22nd November 2020

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Criminal justice system is ‘on its knees’, says top English lawyer – The Guardian

‘Crown court cases are being delayed until 2023, the innocent penalised more than the guilty, and the under-funded, criminal justice system brought “on its knees”, according to the chair of the Criminal Bar Association in England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 19th November 2020

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Barristers aim to end “shocking” lack of diversity on Western Circuit – Legal Futures

Posted November 20th, 2020 in barristers, Crown Court, diversity, equality, judiciary, news, statistics by sally

‘A group of barristers has launched a bid to end what they describe as a “shocking” lack of diversity on the Western Circuit, where none of the full-time circuit judges are from Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.’

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Legal Futures, 20th November 2020

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Judges “most likely to discriminate” against Black barristers – Legal Futures

Posted November 19th, 2020 in barristers, judiciary, magistrates, news, race discrimination, racism, reports, statistics by sally

‘Black barristers are most likely to experience racial discrimination from judges or magistrates than other lawyers, a report has found.’

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Legal Futures, 19th November 2020

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We need to talk about race: a mid-term report – Counsel

Posted November 19th, 2020 in barristers, diversity, minorities, news, race discrimination, racism by sally

‘Microaggressions in court and everyday racism: what white colleagues don’t have to put up with and a 10-step plan for improving diversity and inclusion. By Professor Leslie Thomas QC.’

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Counsel, November 2020

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Legal aid lawyers under severe pressure because of Covid – Legal Futures

‘Four-fifths of legal aid lawyers have experienced stress as a result of the pandemic, with more than half of them blaming longer working hours, according to a survey.’

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Legal Futures, 18th November 2020

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Hodge worries about impact of pandemic on young lawyers – Litigation Futures

‘The deputy president of the Supreme Court has expressed fears that young lawyers have been unable to train properly during the pandemic and urged the profession to ensure there is no lasting damage to their education.’

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Litigation Futures, 12th November 2020

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“Shocking discrepancies” in Bar gender pay gap analysis – Legal Futures

Posted November 12th, 2020 in barristers, fees, news, remuneration, statistics, women by tracey

‘The gender pay gap at the Bar is “alive and well”, the chair of the Bar Council said yesterday, after new figures looking at individual practice areas revealed “shocking discrepancies”.’

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Legal Futures, 12th November 2020

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Bar Council braces for £3m loss as Covid hits profession’s income – Legal Futures

Posted November 11th, 2020 in barristers, consultations, coronavirus, fees, news, statistics by sally

‘The Bar Council is bracing for a £3.2m loss next year with revenue from practising fees – which are tied to barristers’ income – set to tumble because of Covid-19.’

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Legal Futures, 11th November 2020

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Research lays bare Bar’s gender and ethnicity pay gap – Legal Futures

‘Female barristers and those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are likely to earn less than male and White counterparts by every measure, new research has found.’

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Legal Futures, 6th November 2020

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New BSB research on income at the Bar by gender and ethnicity – Bar Standards Board

Posted November 5th, 2020 in barristers, gender, minorities, news, remuneration, reports, statistics by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a new report analysing its data on barristers’ income by gender and ethnicity. It shows that female barristers are likely to earn less than male barristers and that those from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups are likely to earn less than White barristers. This holds true when looking at the income of barristers practising within the same area of law, within the same parts of the country, and amongst those with similar seniority in terms of how long they have been practising.’

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Bar Standards Board, 5th November 2020

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BSB appoints reviewer to probe summer exam fiasco – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 5th, 2020 in barristers, computer programs, examinations, legal education, news by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board has appointed an independent reviewer to find out what went wrong during the summer exam period, in which a quarter of bar school examinations could not be completed due to technical faults.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 4th November 2020

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Robing room bullying – Counsel

Posted November 4th, 2020 in barristers, bullying, codes of practice, news, professional conduct by tracey

‘Rudeness in the robing room, sledging tactics and the unkindness of strangers when you’re newly called. Rehna Azim talks about bullying at the Bar and what you can do about it.’

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Counsel, November 2020

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‘Like zero-hours workers’: barristers lash out over ‘unsafe’ courts – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 3rd, 2020 in barristers, coronavirus, courts, health & safety, news by tracey

‘The government is treating criminal barristers like “zero-hours workers” and is endangering court users, the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) has said, demanding a national risk assessment for court buildings.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 3rd November 2020

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New ‘corporate’ chambers looks to shake up Bar – Legal Futures

Posted November 2nd, 2020 in alternative business structures, barristers, news by tracey

‘A family law barrister, together with the former chief executive of Sport England and the Lawn Tennis Association, are looking to shake up the Bar by adopting a corporate structure for their new chambers.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd November 2020

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