BSB in bid to rewrite Code of Conduct – Legal Week

Posted June 12th, 2007 in barristers, news, professional conduct by sally

“The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has embarked on an ambitious three-year project to rewrite the Bar’s rulebook for the first time.”

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Legal Week, 12th June 2007

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Bar Standards Board rejects deferral of call to the Bar and proposes new online register of barristers – Bar Standards Board

Posted June 8th, 2007 in barristers, legal education, press releases by sally

“There had been concerns that, by allowing those who had completed the Bar Vocational Course to be called to the Bar and to describe themselves as ‘barristers’, the public might be misled as to who is a fully qualified practitioner. But in a report on its provisional conclusions on deferral of call, published today after a year-long consultation and research exercise, the Board says “deferring call to the Bar until after pupillage would not be an appropriate response to the risk which it is intended to address”.”

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Bar Standards Board press release, 8th June 2007

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Limiting the number of BVC students will “not improve quality” – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 8th, 2007 in barristers, legal education, news by sally

“Limiting student numbers on the bar vocational course (BVC) and requiring students to have a 2:1 will not improve quality or diversity among barristers, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has warned.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th June 2007

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Law: Scots take aim across the border – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 7th, 2007 in barristers, news, Scotland by sally

“Imagine a system in which everyone who passes the Bar exams is guaranteed a job as a barrister. That would be a drastic change: nobody can practise at the English Bar without first spending time in chambers as a pupil, and there are pupillages available for only between a third and a quarter of those students who get through the Bar’s compulsory vocational course.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th June 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Review of Small Chambers – The Bar Council

Posted May 31st, 2007 in barristers by sally

“The Chairman of the Bar, Geoffrey Vos QC, has initiated a review of small chambers to identify areas where the Bar Council can provide assistance.  A working party has been established led by Nicholas Green QC and Ingrid Simler QC.” 

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The Bar Council, 31st May 2007

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Five London local authorities unite to launch bar panel in bid to slash costs – Legal Week

Posted May 31st, 2007 in barristers, local government, news by sally

“Five London local authorities are combining to create a panel of barristers for the first time, as part of a drive to cut costs.”

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Legal Week, 31st May 2007

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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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