Inability to find a QC “not good reason” for arbitration no-show – Litigation Futures

Posted July 15th, 2020 in arbitration, barristers, legal representation, news, queen's counsel by tracey

‘A High Court judge has said there was no reason “at all” why a defendant in a €20m arbitration had to use the Bar and being unable to find counsel at short notice was not a good reason not to participate in the hearing.’

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Litigation Futures, 15th July 2020

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Angry Bar Council mocks Buckland over profession’s support – Legal Futures

Posted July 14th, 2020 in barristers, civil justice, coronavirus, criminal justice, delay, news, working time by tracey

‘The Bar Council has come out fighting after the Lord Chancellor told the Today programme that there was “a lot of support” from the legal profession for extending court sitting hours to help recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.’

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Legal Futures, 14th July 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Barristers plead with peers for government Covid support – Legal Futures

‘Criminal defence barristers have made a desperate plea to peers for government support to survive the Covid-19 crisis, with solicitors agreeing that the profession was in dire straits.’

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Legal Futures, 13th July 2020

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Judge refuses to recuse herself over counsel link – Litigation Futures

Posted July 8th, 2020 in barristers, bias, judges, litigants in person, McKenzie friends, news, recusal by sally

‘A High Court judge has refused a request from a litigant in person to recuse herself from hearing a case where she had briefly supervised counsel for the defendants at her old chambers.’

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Litigation Futures, 8th July 2020

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MP: Criminal lawyers need immediate help to survive – Legal Futures

‘Shadow justice minister Karl Turner has called for an “immediate increase” in legal aid rates if criminal law firms are to survive, along with measures to save the Bar.’

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Legal Futures, 7th July 2020

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Figures reveal low level of negligence claims against barristers – Legal Futures

Posted July 3rd, 2020 in barristers, negligence, news, professional conduct, statistics by sally

‘The average barrister only makes one notification of a possible professional negligence claim every 20 years, figures from the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF) have revealed.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd July 2020

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Drunken barrister reprimanded for threatening colleague – Legal Futures

‘A drunken barrister who threatened a fellow member of chambers in a bid to have them accede to a tenancy application has been reprimanded by a Bar disciplinary tribunal.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd July 2020

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New research reveals full impact of Covid-19 restrictions on the self-employed Bar – The Bar Council

Posted July 2nd, 2020 in barristers, coronavirus, press releases, self-employment by tracey

‘New research from the Bar Council has revealed the challenge faced by many self-employed barristers in England and Wales as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown.’

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The Bar Council, 1st July 2020

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Online invigilators will be watching Bar students’ every move – Legal Futures

Posted June 30th, 2020 in barristers, examinations, legal education, news by sally

‘Online invigilators for the Bar exams taking place in August have been trained to differentiate between candidates looking around naturally and trying to read hidden notes, students have been warned.’

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Legal Futures, 30th June 2020

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Protest rights: ‘We have a right to protest despite coronavirus’ – BBC News

‘Lawyer Christian Weaver is teaching people in England and Wales about their rights with a series of YouTube videos called The Law in 60 Seconds.’

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BBC News, 30th June 2020

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Evans v Betesh Partnership and McGinty [2020] EWHC 1589 (QB) – Parklane Plowden Chambers

‘High Court decision (24/06/20) concerning solicitor/barrister professional negligence arising out of a personal injury case.’

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Parklane Plowden Chambers, 24th June 2020

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EP 117: Systemic Racial Inequality – Windrush and the Bar – Martin Forde QC – Law Pod UK

‘In Episode 117, Emma-Louise Fenelon talks to Martin Forde QC on systemic racial inequality relating to Windrush, immigration history and at the Bar.’

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Law Pod UK, 25th June 2020

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Call for Inns to act as pupillage shortage worsens – Legal Futures

Posted June 25th, 2020 in barristers, inns of court, news, pupillage by sally

‘The Inns of Court should build a “large co-working space”, possibly on one of their “grand gardens”, to increase the number of pupillages, the president of the Middle Temple Students Association has said.’

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Legal Futures, 25th June 2020

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Your chambers aren’t colour blind, top QC tells barristers – Legal Futures

‘Barristers who believe their chambers are “colour-blind” and treat everyone the same “have a problem” and need to change their mindset, a high-profile black QC has said.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd June 2020

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BSB defends online exams after students raise discrimination concerns – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Bar Standards Board has defended its decision to move exams online, saying “there was simply not enough time” to consult widely about the change. Students have claimed the computer-based assessments will discriminate against women, carers and disabled candidates.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 19th June 2020

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

You wear it well – at last, court attire for women – Legal Futures

Posted June 18th, 2020 in barristers, court dress, news, women by sally

‘Female barristers can now buy court attire actually designed for them after a London junior launched an online shop named after the first two women called to the Bar.’

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Legal Futures, 18th June 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Large chambers “should give space to smaller ones” – Legal Futures

Posted June 17th, 2020 in barristers, coronavirus, inns of court, landlord & tenant, news, rent by sally

‘Large chambers should be prepared to look after smaller sets “chased out” by their landlords by sharing premises and clerks, a senior criminal law barrister has said.’

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Legal Futures, 17th June 2020

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Re C – appeal about a hybrid hearing – Transparency Project

‘The issue was that the case required a resumption of a finding of fact hearing and that the leading barrister for the children’s mother was “shielding” so could not attend court in person with her client. The mother appealed a decision in the High Court by Mr Justice Williams that the hearing go ahead in June as a “hybrid” hearing i.e. with some parties and lawyers in the court room and others online.’

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Transparency Project, 12th June 2020

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

EHRC urges compulsory disability training for lawyers – Legal Futures

‘Disability awareness should be a professional requirement, and a mandatory element of criminal lawyers’ CPD, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has recommended.’

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Legal Futures, 15th June 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Legal regulators cool on the idea of being abolished – Legal Futures

‘Legal regulators have reacted coolly to the recommendation of Professor Stephen Mayson that they be replaced by a single organisation, arguing instead the case for specialism.’

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Legal Futures, 12th June 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk