Inability to find criminal lawyers ‘chickens coming home to roost’ – LCJ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 19th, 2021 in barristers, coronavirus, courts, criminal justice, law firms, legal aid, news, solicitors by tracey

‘The inability to find barristers to represent criminal defendants is an example of “chickens coming home to roost”, the lord chief justice has said.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 18th November 2021

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Consumer panel and Bar Council at odds over future of aptitude test – Legal Futures

Posted November 17th, 2021 in barristers, examinations, legal education, news, statistics by sally

‘The evidence for abolishing the Bar course aptitude test (BCAT) is “compelling” as it has failed to achieve its purpose, the Legal Services Consumer Panel has said.’

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Legal Futures, 17th November 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

QC criticises NHS Resolution for “unacceptable” delay in settling huge claim – Legal Futures

Posted November 17th, 2021 in barristers, compensation, damages, delay, hospitals, negligence, news, personal injuries by sally

‘A leading QC has criticised NHS Resolution for “unacceptable” delays in settling one of the largest ever settlements in a clinical negligence case.’

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Legal Futures, 16th November 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Racial discrimination on Northern Circuit “legitimised by silence” – Legal Futures

Posted November 16th, 2021 in barristers, diversity, equality, minorities, news, reports by sally

‘More than half of ethnic minority barristers on the Northern Circuit have experienced racial discrimination at the Bar, legitimised by the “silence and inaction” of others, research has found.’

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Legal Futures, 15th November 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Racial discrimination on Northern Circuit “legitimised by silence” – Legal Futures

‘More than half of ethnic minority barristers on the Northern Circuit have experienced racial discrimination at the Bar, legitimised by the “silence and inaction” of others, research has found.’

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Legal Futures, 15th November 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Major report: Time for targets, not talk, to improve race equality at Bar – Legal Futures

“The time for talking about race inequality at the Bar is over and all organisations with a stake in the profession should set specific targets for improvement, a major Bar Council report has concluded.”

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Legal Futures, 5th November 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Toning down the theatrics: Barristers “less aggressive” in remote hearings – Legal Futures

“A significant number of expert witnesses who have been appeared in court remotely over the past 18 months say barristers have been “less aggressive” in their cross-examination.”

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Legal Futures, 5th November 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Guest blog: “Perhaps now it is time for more direct action” at the criminal Bar – Bar Council

Posted November 5th, 2021 in barristers, budgets, criminal justice, news, pupillage, statistics by michael

“My Chambers took part in this year’s Bar Council Pupillage Fair, which took place in the wake of reports highlighting the fact that the Criminal Bar is haemorrhaging members, with 11% of juniors reportedly having left criminal practice in the three years leading up to the Covid pandemic. There are, as yet, no statistics for falling retention rates during and as a result of the pandemic itself. No doubt they will represent a clear measure of the worsening state of our Criminal Justice System [CJS].”

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Bar Council, 4th November 2021

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Litigating with Litigants in Person: Useful Pointers on Balancing Duties – Parklane Plowden Chambers

Posted November 3rd, 2021 in barristers, chambers articles, codes of practice, litigants in person, news by sally

‘The growth in the number of litigants in person (LiPs) in the Employment Tribunal has been keenly apparent over the last 18 months, when dealing with cases remotely as a consequence of Covid19. Whilst as lawyers we have had to familiarise ourselves with navigating electronic bundles and technology for remote hearings we have navigated through otherwise familiar territory.’

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Parklane Plowden Chambers, 28th October 2021

Source: www.parklaneplowden.co.uk

Defensive Advising Strategies 3: Risk Bargaining Between Adviser and Client – Wilberforce Chambers

Posted November 2nd, 2021 in barristers, fees, legal advice, news by sally

‘The concept of “risk bargaining” is not a term of art. However, I am sure that risk bargaining, as I describe it below, is something well-known to experienced professional advisers in their dealings with their clients.’

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Wilberforce Chambers, 7th October 2021

Source: www.wilberforce.co.uk

Blue plaque for first practising female barrister Helena Normanton unveiled – The Guardian

Posted October 21st, 2021 in barristers, monuments, news, women by sally

‘Helena Normanton, the first woman to practise as a barrister and lead murder trials in the English courts, has been honoured with a blue plaque at her former London home.’

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The Guardian, 21st October 2021

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BSB signals tougher approach to transparency rules compliance – Legal Futures

Posted October 20th, 2021 in barristers, consumer protection, fees, internet, news, statistics by sally

‘Approaching one in 10 chambers admit failing to comply with the Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) service and price transparency rules, with the regulator now set to toughen up its approach to enforcement.’

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Legal Futures, 29th October 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Legal regulators slammed for “lacking expertise” on comparison data – Legal Futures

‘Lawyer data already in the public domain cannot easily be adapted to help consumers choose a lawyer, mainly due to failings by legal regulators, according to research.’

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Legal Futures, 18th October 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

BSB promises to tackle ‘ageing’ bar – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 18th, 2021 in barristers, diversity, news, pupillage, statistics by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board has warned that there could be “real challenges” ahead if the average age of barristers continues to rise, following a study which found that 40% of barristers are now over 50 years old.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th October 2021

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Bar students need more pupillage data to avoid “buyer’s remorse” – Legal Futures

Posted October 15th, 2021 in barristers, computer programs, legal education, news, pupillage by tracey

‘Bar students should be given detailed information from chambers about their pupillage criteria to avoid suffering from “buyer’s remorse” when they realise how difficult it is to succeed, a barrister and former Bar course teacher has argued.’

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Legal Futures, 15th October 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Less is more: my practical advice after almost forty years of practising – Family Law Week

Posted October 15th, 2021 in barristers, families, family courts, news by tracey

‘Gabrielle Jan Posner, Barrister and Recorder, Trinity Chambers, Chelmsford, passes on some hard-earned tips.’

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Family Law Week, 12th October 2021

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Seeing wellbeing as a weakness must change for all our sakes – Family Law

Posted October 13th, 2021 in barristers, family courts, mental health, news by tracey

‘Earlier this year we did a chambers wide audit of mental health and wellbeing and provided a wellbeing workshop for barristers and staff. I have been in practice for nearly thirty years and the mantra “work comes first” dominates my work ethic. I know this has been to my detriment. For example, going to court on the morning my father died because I couldn’t let the court down.’

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Family Law, 8th October 2021

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Students used by law firm for agency advocacy are ‘workers’ – Legal Futures

‘A Bar student who handled agency advocacy work through a law firm was a worker with certain rights and not self-employed, an employment tribunal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 8th October 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Non-practising barrister fined for calling herself “barrister-at-law” – Legal Futures

‘A non-practising barrister has been reprimanded and for describing herself as a “barrister-at-law” on emails, telling a client she could represent her and taking money to submit an immigration application.’

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Legal Futures, 6th October 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

To cap or not to cap, that is the question – Counsel

Posted October 5th, 2021 in barristers, legal education, news, pupillage, statistics by sally

‘There is a debate that perennially surfaces on social media and leads to animated discussion – “far too many students start the Bar course with little or no prospects of success; spending money they can ill afford; and that any given scholarship money could be used differently”. The debate can be stifled, or misdirected, by inaccurate statistics or recollections of a Bar course from a halcyon age. Fortunately, and in the best Twitter form, this debate also provides a whole host of suggested solutions.’

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Counsel, October 2021

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk