Gender pay gap at Bar has widened over past 20 years – Legal Futures

‘The income gap between male and female barristers has increased over the last 20 years, new Bar Council figures have shown.’

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Legal Futures, 4th October 2021

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Quarter of pupillage hopefuls £50k in debt – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 4th, 2021 in barristers, coronavirus, debts, news, pupillage, statistics by tracey

‘Over a third of aspiring barristers expect to have racked up over £40,000 of debt by the time they complete pupillage, as the number of applicants competing for jobs continues to rise.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st October 2021

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Human rights lawyers call on UK government to ban ‘conversion therapy’ – The Guardian

‘Leading human rights lawyers and experts have called for swift action to outlaw so-called conversion therapy, which they say is degrading and harmful, and should not be tolerated in a civilised society.’

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The Guardian, 1st October 2021

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30% of barristers have faced bullying, harassment and discrimination – Legal Futures

‘Nearly one in three barristers have personal experience of bullying, harassment and/or discrimination (BHD) in the past two years, Bar Council research has revealed.’

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Legal Futures, 28th September 2021

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Barrister disbarred after council tax fraud conviction – Legal Futures

‘A barrister convicted of council tax fraud who was then found to have lied at a re-hearing has been disbarred.’

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Legal Futures, 29th September 2021

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“Positive action scheme” bids to improve diversity of Treasury Counsel – Legal Futures

Posted September 27th, 2021 in barristers, diversity, equality, government departments, news by sally

‘A “positive action scheme” for advocates who have the potential to become Treasury Counsel in the future – aimed to address a lack of diversity in their ranks – is to be launched next month.’

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Legal Futures, 27th September 2021

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Ep 149: Closed Material Procedures with Angus McCullough QC – Law Pod UK

Posted September 27th, 2021 in barristers, closed material, news, podcasts by sally

‘Closed Material Proceedings take place where evidence is so secret that advocates cannot communicate directly with their clients. Angus McCullough QC talks to Rosalind English about the difficulties and obstacles he faces when acting as a Special Advocate in these proceedings.’

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Law Pod UK, 24th September 2021

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Clerks “must play bigger role in fair work allocation” – Legal Futures

Posted September 24th, 2021 in barristers, barristers' clerks, diversity, employment, equality, news by sally

‘Barristers’ clerks must step up and ensure that both work coming in and marketing efforts by chambers are done with an eye to equality in the way they are distributed, a seminar heard this week.’

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Legal Futures, 24th September 2021

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Barrister waived privilege in document by showing it to opposing counsel – Legal Futures

Posted September 22nd, 2021 in barristers, disclosure, evidence, news, privilege, repossession, witnesses by sally

‘Counsel for a defendant in possession proceedings voluntarily disclosed a draft witness statement to her opposing number and in doing so waived privilege, the High Court has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd September 2021

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QC calls on UK to support female judges at risk in Afghanistan – The Guardian

‘Helena Kennedy QC has launched an urgent appeal to provide support to judges along with lawyers, women’s rights activists, human rights defenders and their families at risk in Afghanistan and in need of a safe haven abroad.’

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The Guardian, 21st September 2021

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Tribunal declines to strike out pupillage discrimination claim – The Guardian

‘An employment tribunal has refused to strike out a claim that a chambers discriminated against a pupillage applicant even though it has “little reasonable chance” of succeeding.’

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Legal Futures, 21st September 2021

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Chambers obtains final injunction after cyber-attack – Legal Futures

Posted September 16th, 2021 in barristers, computer crime, default judgments, injunctions, news by tracey

‘A London chambers hit by a cyber-attack has secured a final injunction from the High Court against “persons unknown”.’

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Legal Futures, 16th September 2021

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Angry and despairing criminal Bar to “draw a line in the sand” – Legal Futures

Posted September 14th, 2021 in barristers, coronavirus, criminal justice, news by tracey

‘The “prevailing mood” among criminal defence barristers is one of “visceral anger and despair” and it is time to draw a line in the sand, the new chair of the Criminal Bar Association warned yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 14th September 2021

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Treat personal mitigation “with caution” in cases of sexual misconduct – Legal Futures

‘Personal mitigation needs to be treated with “caution” in the context of sexual misconduct, discrimination and harassment, draft new guidance on disciplining barristers warns.’

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Legal Futures, 10th September 2021

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Post Office scandal inquiry urged to put more focus on the lawyers – Legal Futures

‘The inquiry into the Post Office Horizon scandal has been urged to put more focus on the role of lawyers in perpetuating the organisation’s intransigence over the IT system’s problems.’

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Legal Futures, 10th September 2021

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Sally Challen defence QC leads domestic homicide review – BBC News

‘The defence barrister for Sally Challen, who was the first woman to have her murder conviction quashed under coercive control laws, is to lead a review into domestic homicide laws.’

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BBC News, 9th September 2021

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Barrister apprenticeships a “viable option”, specialist argues – Legal Futures

Posted September 9th, 2021 in barristers, employment, news, paralegals, pupillage by sally

‘Apprenticeships are a “viable option” to qualification as a barrister, but they would need collaboration between the Bar Standards Board, education providers and the Bar, a new paper has argued.’

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Legal Futures, 9th September 2021

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Bar to review aptitude test with just 0.7% fail rate – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 3rd, 2021 in barristers, consultations, legal education, news, statistics by tracey

‘The bar is considering whether to scrap a student aptitude test that weeds out fewer than 1% of candidates, after concluding that it is “not operating as an effective filter”.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 3rd September 2021

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Barrister fined for tweet that “could promote hostility towards Muslims” – Legal Futures

‘A barrister at the centre of a storm of outrage over tweets he published earlier this year has been fined and warned over one tweet that was offensive and “could promote hostility towards Muslims”.’

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Legal Futures, 26th August 2021

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Bar warns of reliance on informal police sanctions – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 23rd, 2021 in barristers, courts, news, police, statistics by tracey

‘New government data reveals growing use of out of court measures to deal with criminal offences, prompting concerns that they are being deployed to relieve pressure on the justice system.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 20th August 2021

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