Awaab Ishak’s death shed light on a social housing scandal. Now we have a brief chance to fix it – The Guardian

‘A two-year-old died after exposure to mould in his house in Rochdale. We must ensure no other family suffers like this.’

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The Guardian, 23rd November 2022

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Burnett: “I can’t magic up lawyers to help reduce Crown Court backlog” – Legal Futures

‘It will be “very difficult” for the Crown Court to achieve the government’s target of reducing the backlog to 53,000 cases by 2025, the Lord Chief Justice has warned MPs.’

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Legal Futures, 9th November 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Neurodivergence in the CJS and the role of the Bar (1) – Counsel

Posted November 8th, 2022 in autism, barristers, criminal justice, disabled persons, diversity, dyslexia, news by sally

‘Thinking differently, engaging differently: the first of this two-part series by Dr Tom Smith looks at the experience of neurodivergent individuals in the criminal justice system and how barristers can mitigate/aggravate the challenges.’

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Counsel, November 2022

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Chambers “do not know money laundering status of barristers” – Legal Futures

Posted November 1st, 2022 in barristers, money laundering, news, notification, regulations by sally

‘A significant number of chambers do not know whether their barristers have declared that they are subject to the money laundering regulations (MLRs), the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 1 November 2022

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BSB urged to act on “online misogyny” aimed at female barristers – Legal Futures

Posted October 27th, 2022 in barristers, harassment, internet, news, women by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) needs to highlight the link between online misogyny and female barristers who speak out on issues affecting women in the law, a campaigning group has argued.’

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Legal Futures, 27th October 2022

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Women barristers closing pay gap a little in some areas of practice – Legal Futures

Posted October 25th, 2022 in barristers, news, remuneration, statistics, women by sally

‘Women barristers are closing the pay gap with their male colleagues in certain practice areas but it remains vast in the higher-earning areas of work, the Bar Council has found.’

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Legal Futures, 25th October 2022

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Law Society has ‘duty’ to tell solicitors to shun underpaid work, says president – The Guardian

‘The new president of the Law Society has said the association has a duty to tell solicitors in England and Wales to refuse criminal work if they are not paid properly for it, as they demand a 15% increase in legal aid fees to give them parity with barristers.’

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The Guardian, 23rd October 2022

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Pupillage offers have recovered post-pandemic, Bar Council finds – The Bar Council

Posted October 21st, 2022 in barristers, coronavirus, news, pupillage, statistics by tracey

‘The number of pupillage offers and applications is once again at pre-pandemic levels, according to a new report from the Bar Council published today.’

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The Bar Council, 17th October 2022

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Post Office scandal inquiry to put conduct of lawyers under spotlight – Legal Futures

‘The lead counsel to the Post Office Horizon Inquiry last week made clear that the role of lawyers, “some of them senior”, will be put under scrutiny in the coming months.’

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Legal Futures, 17th October 2022

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Criminal barristers vote to end strike over pay – BBC News

‘Criminal barristers in England and Wales have voted to end their long-running strike action after the government offered a new pay deal.’

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BBC News, 10th October 2022

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BSB publishes Report on Addressing Bullying and Harassment at the Bar and a Wellbeing Statement – Bar Standards Board

Posted October 7th, 2022 in barristers, bullying, codes of practice, equality, harassment, news, pupillage by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is today publishing two important documents which address culture at the Bar. The first is a Report on Addressing Bullying and Harassment at the Bar. Through its Addressing Bullying and Harassment at the Bar project, launched in 2019, and the 2020 report on Bullying, Discrimination and Harassment at the Bar, the BSB has sought to reduce the risks of bullying and harassment at the Bar, to ensure that effective systems are in place in chambers to handle reports of bullying and harassment, and to encourage the profession to tackle this issue effectively.’

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Bar Standards Board, 6th October 2022

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Judges wrong to bail defendants due to barristers’ strike, high court rules – The Guardian

‘Judges were wrong to refuse to extend the period defendants could be kept in jail awaiting trial in cases delayed by the criminal barristers’ strike, the high court has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 28th September 2022

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BSB plans “statement of good practice” for chambers – Legal Futures

Posted September 28th, 2022 in barristers, codes of practice, news by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is planning a “statement of consolidated good practice” for chambers, which not only sets out the minimum regulatory requirements but how to go “above and beyond” them.’

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Legal Futures, 28th September 2022

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Judges unlawfully releasing defendants, court hears – BBC News

‘Crown Court judges have been releasing potentially dangerous criminals unlawfully because of delays linked to the criminal barristers’ strike, the High Court has heard.’

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BBC News, 27th September 2022

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Law Society and Bar Council oppose economic crime reforms – Legal Futures

Posted September 27th, 2022 in barristers, disciplinary procedures, fines, fraud, money laundering, news, solicitors by sally

‘The Law Society and Bar Council have expressed concern about new economic crime provisions put forward by the government that target the legal profession.’

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Legal Futures, 27th September 2022

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Judges wrong to state views about barristers’ strike, high court told – The Guardian

Posted September 27th, 2022 in barristers, criminal justice, industrial action, judiciary, news, remand by sally

‘Judges acted wrongly when expressing views on the criminal barristers’ strike as they refused to keep defendants behind bars in cases delayed by the ongoing pay dispute, the high court has heard.’

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The Guardian, 26th September 2022

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Top human rights barrister highlights Chinese cyber-attacks on her and others – Legal Futures

‘One of the country’s leading human rights barristers has complained about Twitter accounts and emails purporting to be from her and other human rights defenders that spring up when they criticise China.’

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Legal Futures, 26th September 2022

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CPS brings case against judges bailing defendants – BBC News

‘The director of public prosecutions is bringing a High Court challenge against judges’ refusal to detain defendants for longer ahead of trial amid record-high backlogs and legal strikes.’

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BBC News, 26th September 2022

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Four murder accused to be released on bail amid legal aid strikes – The Guardian

‘Four people accused of murder are to be released on bail after a judge refused to extend the time they could be kept in custody pending trial.’

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The Guardian, 22nd September 2022

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BSB to test if review and comparison websites work for barristers – Legal Futures

Posted September 23rd, 2022 in barristers, codes of practice, consumer protection, internet, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘Four lawyer review and comparison websites have agreed to join a Bar Standards Board (BSB) pilot on whether they can work for barristers and their consumers.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd September 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk