Legal aid work “close to being unsustainable”, new campaign warns – Legal Futures

‘A new campaign for increased legal aid funding has been launched after the findings of a unique census showed the market will not be sustainable without more government action.’

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Legal Futures, 31st March 2022

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BSB panel rejects complaints over barrister’s Royal baby tweet – Legal Futures

‘A Bar Standards Board (BSB) panel has rejected more than 80 complaints made against a barrister accused of making racist comments on Twitter about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s baby last year.’

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Legal Futures, 30th March 2022

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Barrister sanctioned for “offensive” Muslim tweet wins appeal – Legal Futures

‘A Bar Standards Board (BSB) panel applied too low a threshold in sanctioning a barrister for a tweet about Muslims that it said would cause offence, a tribunal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 28th March 2022

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Barristers to press ahead with legal aid action – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 22nd, 2022 in barristers, criminal justice, fees, industrial action, legal aid, news, remuneration by tracey

‘Barristers will not be balloted on whether they are happy to accept the proposed £135m package of criminal legal aid reforms announced last week, the Criminal Bar Association has revealed.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 22nd March 2022

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Silent sufferers – menopause has “negative impact” on barristers – Legal Futures

Posted March 15th, 2022 in barristers, equality, news, sex discrimination, women by tracey

‘Most female barristers say the menopause has had a “negative impact” on their role, with the Bar Council saying it should be a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010.’

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Legal Futures, 15th March 2022

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Criminal barristers vote for industrial action over legal aid funding – The Guardian

Posted March 15th, 2022 in barristers, criminal justice, industrial action, legal aid, news by tracey

‘Criminal barristers in England and Wales have voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action beginning next month in protest over levels of legal aid funding.’

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The Guardian, 15th March 2022

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Being gay as a judge “no longer an issue”, says CA vice-president – Legal Futures

Posted March 3rd, 2022 in barristers, homosexuality, judges, judiciary, news by sally

‘Being a judge who “happens to be gay” has “completely disappeared as an issue”, the vice-president of the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) has said.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd March 2022

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LSB warns Bar Council over objections to “unreasonable” PCF rise – Legal Futures

Posted March 2nd, 2022 in barristers, budgets, consultations, fees, Legal Services Board, news, statistics by sally

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has approved a 4.5% increase in the practising certificate fee (PCF) for barristers, while warning the Bar Council that the exercise of its regulatory functions, such as setting the fee, “should not be prejudiced” by its representative role.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd March 2022

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SDT, BTAS and other tribunals face hefty bills after appeal court ruling – Legal Futures

Posted February 28th, 2022 in appeals, barristers, contract of employment, employment, employment tribunals, news by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling that a barrister who sat as a tribunal chair for the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) was a “worker” and entitled to sickness and holiday pay.’

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Legal Futures, 28th February 2022

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Criminal courts face possible lawyer strike – BBC New

Posted February 17th, 2022 in barristers, criminal justice, industrial action, legal aid, news, remuneration by sally

‘Criminal barristers in England and Wales may strike, in an action that could close down Crown Courts.’

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BBC News, 16th February 2022

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Vos issues stern warning to chambers and law firms about embargoes – Legal Futures

‘The Court of Appeal has issued a stern warning about breaking embargoes on judgments after a leading chambers accidentally issued a press release a day before the ruling was handed down.’

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Legal Futures, 17th February 2022

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Returning instructions a “last resort”, Bar Council tells criminal barristers – Legal Futures

Posted February 16th, 2022 in appeals, barristers, codes of practice, criminal procedure, news by sally

‘Criminal defence barristers should recognise that returning instructions where they are not under a professional duty to do so “should always be a matter of last resort”, the Bar Council has said.’

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Legal Futures, 16th February 2022

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Barristers plan ground-breaking transparency over income and caseloads – Legal Futures

Posted February 16th, 2022 in barristers, diversity, equality, fees, news, remuneration by sally

‘One of the country’s largest chambers is planning to be the first to publish details of barristers’ incomes and caseloads, which would enable comparisons to be made based on gender and ethnicity.’

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Legal Futures, 16th February 2022

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“Hysterical woman” barrister to argue free speech in reprimand appeal – Legal Futures

‘The barrister reprimanded for describing his opponent’s instructing lawyer as a “hysterical woman” says he is being “persecuted for expressing inconvenient truths” ‘

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Legal Futures, 14th February 2022

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“Overworked” barrister partner disbarred over Trump case dishonesty – Legal Futures

‘A “high-flying” barrister partner at a City law firm who fabricated a court order was unable to cope with her workload but this did not excuse her misconduct, a Bar tribunal has found.’

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Legal Futures, 11th February 2022

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BSB report: Female barristers continue to earn less than male barristers, and barristers from ethnic minority backgrounds continue to earn less than White barristers – Bar Standards Board

Posted February 11th, 2022 in barristers, diversity, equality, fees, news, remuneration, statistics by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a report updating its analysis of data on barristers’ income by gender and ethnicity. This builds on previous research by the BSB published in 2020 and research into incomes undertaken by the Bar Council in September 2021 by considering a wider range of factors liked to income (such as seniority and location) as well as comparing pre and post pandemic income levels.’

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Bar Standards Board, 7th February 2022

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Male barrister reprimanded for “hysterical woman” jibe at lawyer – Legal Futures

Posted February 10th, 2022 in barristers, disciplinary procedures, fines, news, sex discrimination, tribunals by sally

‘A male barrister has been reprimanded for describing his opponent’s instructing lawyer as a “hysterical woman” and female lawyers more generally as intemperate.’

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Legal Futures, 10th February 2022

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Bar chief: LSB competence push “risks infringing Legal Services Act” – Legal Futures

Posted February 9th, 2022 in barristers, legal services, Legal Services Board, news, quality assurance by sally

‘The chairman of the Bar Council has warned the Legal Services Board (LSB) that it risks infringing the Legal Services Act if it demands that regulators impose new competence regimes without sufficient evidence.’

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Legal Futures, 9th February 2022

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Let juniors conduct more advocacy, Commercial Court says – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 7th, 2022 in advocacy, barristers, case management, Commercial Court, news by tracey

‘Parties before the Commercial Court have been encouraged to allow junior barristers to conduct more advocacy.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd February 2022

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Diversity at the Bar improved again in 2021 but women and people from ethnic minorities are still underrepresented as QCs, says BSB report – Bar Standards Board

Posted January 31st, 2022 in barristers, diversity, equality, news, queen's counsel, statistics, women by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its annual report on Diversity at the Bar. The report shows that the profession became increasingly diverse in 2021 and that a greater proportion of barristers disclosed their demographic data.’

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Bar Standards Board, 28th January 2022

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk