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

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Number of pupil barristers rebounds after Covid-related slump -Legal Futures

Posted January 28th, 2022 in barristers, coronavirus, diversity, news, pupillage, statistics, women by tracey

‘The number of pupil barristers has rebounded after the pandemic sent it crashing, while women increasingly dominate the junior end of the Bar, new figures have shown.’

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Legal Futures, 28th January 2022

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One in six young barristers want to quit, regulator suggests – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 27th, 2022 in barristers, news, reports, working time, young persons by sally

‘One in six young barristers say they want to leave the bar over unmanageable or unpredictable working hours, according to a study by the Bar Council.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 26th January 2022

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Barrister suspended for lewd comments to mini-pupil fails in appeal – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has rejected an appeal from a criminal law barrister suspended for six months by a Bar disciplinary tribunal for lewd comments to a female mini-pupil.’

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Legal Futures, 25th January 2022

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Criminal prosecution delays hit record 708 days – BBC News

‘Delays in prosecuting suspected criminals have hit a record 708 days for the average time it takes to go from offence to completion of a case.’

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BBC News, 20th January 2022

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‘No going back’: Criminal bar gives resounding ‘yes’ to direct action – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 18th, 2022 in barristers, criminal justice, industrial action, legal aid, news, remuneration by tracey

‘The criminal bar could take direct action in April if the government fails to substantially increase legal aid funding by the end of March.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 18th January 2022

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Criminal bar explores appetite for action over legal aid – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 11th, 2022 in barristers, consultations, criminal justice, legal aid, news by tracey

‘The Criminal Bar Association is asking practitioners if they would be prepared to escalate action if the government fails to commit by Valentine’s Day to increasing legal aid funding.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 10th January 2022

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Judge slashes QC’s £110k brief fee for case that settled before trial – Legal Futures

Posted January 7th, 2022 in accidents, barristers, costs, fees, news, personal injuries, sport by tracey

‘A costs judge has slashed the £110,000 brief fee sought by a claimant when his case settled nearly three weeks ahead of trial and before the QC had started preparing for it.’

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Legal Futures, 7th January 2022

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Advocates use ‘with respect’ in court as “marker of disrespect” – Legal Futures

Posted January 6th, 2022 in advocacy, barristers, brexit, legal language, news by sally

‘Advocates can use the word “respect” as “an implicit marker of disrespect” when addressing opposing counsel in court, academics have found.’

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Legal Futures, 6th January 2022

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One of the only black female QCs in England and Wales calls for action on inequality – The Guardian

Posted January 6th, 2022 in barristers, diversity, equality, minorities, news, queen's counsel, women by sally

‘One of the only black female QCs in England and Wales has said the time has come for action and “no more talk” when it comes to tackling race inequality in the legal profession.’

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The Guardian, 6th January 2022

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Climate lawyer loses supreme court appeal over Heathrow leak – The Guardian

‘A lawyer and climate campaigner who leaked the result of a supreme court ruling on the Heathrow airport expansion has lost an appeal against a contempt of court finding.’

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The Guardian, 20th December 2021

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New Judgment: Her Majesty’s Attorney General v Crosland [2021] UKSC 58 – UKSC Blog

‘The court unanimously dismissed this appeal concerning whether the Supreme Court was wrong to decide that the appellant’s disclosure of the result of the Heathrow appeal, in breach of an embargo on the Court’s judgment, constituted a contempt of court. Furthermore, did the Court then wrongly impose a fine of £5,000 on the appellant, and wrongly order him to pay the respondent’s costs in the sum of £15,000?’

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UKSC Blog, 20th December 2021

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Disbarred barrister loses bid to practise pending appeal – Law Society Gazette

‘A barrister who was disbarred after she was convicted for council tax fraud and found to have lied to an appellate court has lost a bid to continue practising pending an appeal.’

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Law Society Gazette, 17th December 2021

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Hearing paused after barristers spoke too quickly – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 15th, 2021 in barristers, costs, news, oral hearings by tracey

‘A High Court judge has criticised the conduct of a hearing in which advocates spoke so quickly in court that the transcriber could no longer continue.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 14th December 2021

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LSB paves way for “remedial action” to ensure lawyers’ competence – Legal Futures

‘Regulators of legal services must develop plans for “remedial action to address competence issues” among lawyers, according to a draft policy statement published today by the Legal Services Board (LSB).’

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Legal Futures, 8th December 2021

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Incoming Bar chair: “I was wrong to be colour blind in approach to race” – Legal Futures

Posted December 8th, 2021 in barristers, diversity, equality, news, race discrimination by sally

‘The incoming chairman of the Bar Council said last night that he had been wrong to approach the issue of diversity at the Bar by trying to be “colour blind” and almost disregard it.’

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Legal Futures, 8th December 2021

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Complaints about barristers’ conduct soar – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Hundreds more complaints about barristers were made over the last year, the regulator has revealed, with “dramatic increases” in reports alleging inappropriate social media use. In the period April 2020 to March 2021, the Bar Standards Board received 1,887 complaints, up by 29% from 1,460 the previous year.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st December 2021

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Barristers’ conduct outside of work under increasing scrutiny – Legal Futures

‘The number of reports about barristers’ conduct outside their professional lives continues to rise, the Bar Standards Board revealed yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 1st December 2021

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