Planning reform threat for the Bar but energy work gets boost – Legal Week

Posted May 31st, 2007 in barristers, news, planning by sally

“Planning barristers could be hit by radical new plans from the Government to speed up the development of big infrastructure projects in the UK.”

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Legal Week, 31st May 2007

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Bar Council vice-chair gains salary as report sparks rejig – The Lawyer

Posted May 30th, 2007 in barristers, news, remuneration by sally

“The Vice-chair of the Bar Council Timothy Dutton QC will be the last in his post to work for free.”

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The Lawyer, 28th May 2007

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Bar Standards Board attacks plan to cut student numbers – The Times

Posted May 29th, 2007 in barristers, legal education, news by sally

“The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has criticised the Bar Council’s proposals to limit the number of places available on the Barristers Vocational Training course, the compulsory one-year training programme for aspiring barristers.”

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The Times, 29th May 2007

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Bar Council prompts war of words over training plans – The Lawyer

Posted May 29th, 2007 in barristers, legal education, news by sally

“The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has lashed out at the Bar Council’s proposals to limit BVC places in submissions made to the Entry to the Bar working party.”

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The Lawyer, 29th May 2007

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Kennedy: employed barristers should have bigger Bar Council role – Legal Week

Posted May 23rd, 2007 in barristers, news by sally

“Employed and junior barristers are set to be given a greater role on the Bar Council following a report by a working group into the composition of the representative body.”

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Legal Week, 23rd May 2007

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Towards a More Representative and Inclusive Bar Council – Report of the Kennedy Working Group – Bar Council

Posted May 23rd, 2007 in barristers, press releases by traceydennis

“Reforms to make the Bar Council more representative and inclusive of the 14,800 barristers it serves were published today by an independent working group chaired by Sir Paul Kennedy.”

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Bar Council, 23rd May 2007

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Britain’s top barristers form breakaway chambers – Daily Mail

Posted May 17th, 2007 in barristers, news by sally

“Some of Britain’s highest-paid criminal barristers, who have defended a host of notorious figures, have formed a breakaway chambers.”

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The Daily Mail, 16th May 2007

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Women can have it all – we’re the proof – The Times

Posted May 15th, 2007 in barristers, women by sally

“The QCs Eleanor Platt and Alison Ball, joint heads of 1 Garden Court, have been unusual right from the start of their careers at the Bar.” 

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The Times, 15th May 2007

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Barristers enticed to take English common law expertise overseas – The Lawyer

Posted May 9th, 2007 in barristers, news by sally

“Three of England’s high-profile barristers have decided to make the move to British Overseas Territories within the past month.”

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The Lawyer, 8th May 2007

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Chambers that don’t fit the mould – The Times

Posted May 8th, 2007 in barristers by sally

“The stereotype of barristers’ chambers is a Dickens-invoking place in or near the Inns of Court in London, with tweedy decor and a rigidly observed hierarchy.”

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The Times, 8th May 2007

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The one that got away – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 3rd, 2007 in barristers by sally

“Why should one of Britain’s leading specialists in family cases leave the Bar after 35 years and join a solicitors’ firm? It is not unknown for lawyers to seek new challenges in their early to mid-fifties, but the conventional way of changing direction is to become a judge.”

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd May 2007

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New bar association launched to raise direct access awareness

Posted May 1st, 2007 in barristers, news by sally

“A new barristers’ association is to be launched to promote direct access to the bar.”

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The Lawyer, 30th April 2007

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Know your chambers: A closer inspection – Legal Week

Posted April 27th, 2007 in barristers, news by sally

“The traditional Chancery versus commercial divide is narrower than ever – meaning research into each chambers is essential to understand their specialisms, says Dominic Carman.”

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Legal Week, 26th April 2007

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Solicitors swing behind Neuberger’s controversial Bar diversity drive – Legal Week

Posted April 26th, 2007 in barristers, legal education, news by sally

“A survey of senior partners has uncovered strong support from solicitors for a raft of measures designed to open up the Bar to people from less privileged backgrounds.”

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Legal Week, 26th April 2007

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What’s next for the Criminal Bar? by Geoffrey Vos Q.C., Chairman of the Bar Council

Posted April 23rd, 2007 in barristers by sally

What’s next for the Criminal Bar? (Word document)

Speech by Geoffrey Vos Q.C. addresses the Criminal Bar Association Conference, 2007

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Bar Council Publishes Graduated Fee Payment Protocol – Bar Council

Posted April 20th, 2007 in barristers, fees by sally

“The criminal graduated fees scheme will be introduced from 30th April when the Criminal Defence Service (Funding) Order 2007 SI No 1174 comes into force. The Bar Council has now published its Graduated Fee Payment Protocol containing recommended practical ways in which to manage the new arrangements.”

Graduated Fee Payment Protocol (Word document)

Bar Council, 20th April 2007

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Carter Review spurs Bar Council to assess standards – The Lawyer

Posted April 16th, 2007 in advocacy, barristers by sally

“The Bar Council has kick-started a consultation into how to ensure quality of courtroom advocacy following the Carter Review.”

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The Lawyer, 16th April 2007

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Barristers may be graded on quality – The Times

Posted April 10th, 2007 in advocacy, barristers, news by sally

“Incompetent barristers whose courtroom advocacy falls below par will be referred by judges and colleagues to a ‘remedial’ panel to bring them up to scratch, under measures proposed today. The Bar Council is also proposing a grading scheme to grade barristers who do legal aid work according to proficiency and experience.”

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The Times, 10th April 2007

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Maintaining excellence in advocacy – Bar Council consults on quality assurance – The Bar Council

Posted April 10th, 2007 in advocacy, barristers, consultations by sally

“A package of measures, designed to assure the quality of courtroom advocacy, has been put out for consultation by the Bar Council, which represents 14,000 barristers in England and Wales.”

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The Bar Council, 10th April 2007

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Lawyers given chance to ditch wig and gown – The Times

Posted April 10th, 2007 in barristers, court dress, news by sally

“The traditional wigs and gowns that are the hallmark of the legal profession are finally to be swept away in a shake-up of legal dress.”

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The Times, 9th April 2007

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