Bar Council announces new contextual recruitment tool to boost social mobility at the Bar – The Bar Council

Posted September 15th, 2023 in barristers, diversity, equality, news, pupillage, statistics by tracey

‘The Bar Council is boosting its commitment to social mobility at the Bar with the introduction of a contextual recruitment tool to the Pupillage Gateway system from 2024/25. The announcement was made in a speech on the future of the Bar by Nick Vineall KC, Chair of the Bar of England and Wales, last night (Wednesday 13 September). Contextual recruitment tools look at the context in which students receive their grades, so that recruiters can identify candidates from disadvantaged backgrounds who outperformed their immediate peers and who can demonstrate the qualities needed to succeed at the Bar, but who might otherwise be missed in a recruitment process.’

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The Bar Council, 14th September 2023

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Chair of the Bar calls for change to timing of Call in future-gazing speech – The Bar Council

Posted September 14th, 2023 in barristers, consumer protection, legal services, news, public interest, pupillage, speeches by tracey

‘Chair of the Bar Nick Vineall KC has called on the profession to call people to the Bar only when they have completed pupillage. The present system means that the title of barrister is conferred on people who are not entitled to practise as barristers, and he argues that this creates a real risk of confusion for clients and is not in the public interest.’

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The Bar Council, 13th September 2023

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

DPP Speech to the Bar Council, 9 September 2023 – Crown Prosecution Service

‘DPP Speech to the Bar Council, 9 September 2023.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 9th September 2023

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Top UK lawyer hits out at ‘authoritarian’ attacks on legal profession – The Guardian

‘A leading British lawyer has compared UK government attacks on the profession to the tactics used by authoritarian regimes. Helena Kennedy KC, one of the UK’s most renowned criminal lawyers and a Labour peer, said ministers were deliberately creating scapegoats.’

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The Guardian, 10th September 2023

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Bar Council to meet Can’t Buy My Silence over NDAs – Legal Futures

Posted September 5th, 2023 in barristers, consultations, news, non-disclosure agreements by sally

‘The Bar Council is to meet non-disclosure agreement (NDA) pressure group Can’t Buy My Silence in the wake of its criticism of the barrister body’s stance.’

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Legal Futures, 5th September 2023

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Weinstein whistleblower attacks Bar Council over NDAs stance – Legal Futures

‘The woman who first broke a Harvey Weinstein non-disclosure agreement (NDAs) has strongly criticised the Bar Council for dismissing the growing evidence of NDA abuse.’

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Legal Futures, 4th September 2023

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

BSB takes action over worst-performing Bar training course – Legal Futures

Posted September 1st, 2023 in barristers, examinations, legal education, news, statistics, universities by sally

‘Would-be students on last year’s worst performing Bar training course – at Hertfordshire University – cannot start it this month after the Bar Standards Board (BSB) intervened.’

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Legal Futures, 1st September 2023

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Barrister reprimanded for “unreasonable” conduct of immigration case – Legal Futures

‘A barrister made subject to a wasted costs order because of his conduct of an immigration judicial review has been reprimanded and fined by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).’

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Legal Futures, 30th August 2023

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BSB chief: We cannot stop review websites covering barristers – Legal Futures

Posted August 25th, 2023 in barristers, consumer protection, internet, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has warned that it cannot stop the growing interest in featuring barristers on online review and comparison websites, even if the profession wants it to.’

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Legal Futures, 24th August 2023

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Is it time to re-assess the cab rank rule? – Doughty Street Chambers

‘In March, 2023, many lawyers, including 18 barristers, signed a “declaration” that they will not prosecute climate-change activists or act for those promoting new fossil fuel projects. Is the ‘cab rank rule’ [Code rC28 -29] under threat?’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 20th July 2023

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South Asian Heritage Month 2023: HHJ Usha Karu shares her story – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted August 21st, 2023 in barristers, diversity, equality, judges, news by tracey

‘Today marks the end of South Asian Heritage Month, an annual celebration which commemorates South Asian cultures, histories and communities. It began in 2020 and runs from 18 July to 17 August each year. We spoke to HHJ Usha Karu about her background and journey into law.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary , 17th August 2023

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Anti-racist judges need to “speak out” and counsel must challenge bench – Legal Futures

Posted August 17th, 2023 in barristers, judiciary, news, racism by sally

‘Judges needed to “speak out” over racism in the judiciary and counsel should challenge the bench when they witness it, two leading barristers have argued.’

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Legal Futures, 17th August 2023

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

What makes a responsible chambers? – Counsel Magazine

Posted August 10th, 2023 in barristers, diversity, environmental protection, equality, news by tracey

‘Know where to start on ESG? Rachel Holmes – CEO of the chambers named “Responsible Business of the Year 2023” – shares its blueprint.’

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Counsel Magazine, August 2023

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Bar chief: Legal Twitter pile-ons “getting out of hand” – Legal Futures

Posted August 10th, 2023 in barristers, bullying, harassment, internet, news by tracey

‘The number of “pile-ons” on legal Twitter is “getting out of hand”, the chairman of the Bar Council has argued.’

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Legal Futures, 10th August 2023

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Wellbeing matters to everyone at the Bar: new video launch – The Bar Council

Posted August 4th, 2023 in barristers, mental health, news by tracey

‘Wellbeing matters to everyone at the Bar. In this new video, leaders from across the Bar explore some of the issues and challenges the profession faces, as well as potential solutions and ways for members of the Bar and associated professions to get help if they need it.’

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The Bar Council, 27th July 2023

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

LSB has “no role” in regulating lawful use of NDAs, Bar Council says – Legal Futures

Posted August 1st, 2023 in barristers, Legal Services Board, news, non-disclosure agreements by sally

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has “no role” in “attempting to control or regulate lawyers involved in assisting clients in the lawful use of NDAs”, the Bar Council has said.’

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Legal Futures, 1st August 2023

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Sunak “undermining trust in lawyers”, says Bar Council – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Council has accused Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of undermining trust in the profession by claiming that a “subset of lawyers” are exploiting illegal migrants for profit.’

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Legal Futures, 26th July 2023

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Speech by the Master of the Rolls to the Bar Council of England and Wales – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted July 19th, 2023 in artificial intelligence, barristers, computer programs, judges, news, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by the Master of the Rolls to the Bar Council of England and Wales.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 18th July 2023

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Independence and the public interest: the role of a legal services regulator – Bar Standards Board

Posted July 7th, 2023 in barristers, legal services, news, public interest by tracey

‘Independence and the public interest: the role of a legal services regulator. Talk by Mark Neale, Director General, Bar Standards Board – 3 July 2023.’

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Bar Standards Board, 4th July 2023

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Bar chief backs feminist barrister abused by other counsel – Legal Futures

Posted July 6th, 2023 in barristers, bullying, complaints, harassment, news, threatening behaviour, women by sally

‘The chair of the Bar Council has spoken out in support of a feminist barrister who said yesterday that she has complained about abuse from more than 50 “mainly White male” barristers.’

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Legal Futures, 6th July 2023

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk