Regulators must tackle “out-of-date” lawyers, LSB says – Legal Futures

‘Legal regulators must take action to ensure that lawyers are not operating with “out-of-date” skills or knowledge, the Legal Services Board (LSB) has said.’

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Legal Futures, 10th June 2022

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Police officers should work under ‘licence’ to restore trust – report for England and Wales – The Guardian

Posted March 8th, 2022 in continuing professional development, licensing, news, police, reports by tracey

‘Police officers should work under a licence that must be renewed every five years and be subject to strict conditions to boost confidence in policing, an independent review has recommended. The Strategic Review of Policing in England and Wales, chaired by Sir Michael Barber and carried out by the Police Foundation thinktank, contains 56 recommendations urging radical reform to police culture, skills and training, and organisational structure.’

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The Guardian, 7th March 2022

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Police review chief says ‘Betamax police’ stuck in the past – The Guardian

Posted February 22nd, 2022 in continuing professional development, crime, crime prevention, news, police, reports by tracey

‘A “crisis of confidence in policing” can only be put right through fundamental reform or risk the end of policing by consent, the head of a review of the police service will warn on Tuesday.’

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The Guardian, 21st February 2022

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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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Stronger rules on ongoing competence move step closer – Legal Futures

‘The current regulatory approach to lawyers’ ongoing competence needs to change, the Legal Services Board (LSB) has concluded, with assessments such as spot checks likely to be part of the reform.’

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Legal Futures, 20th July 2021

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Public supports stronger ongoing competence checks for lawyers – Legal Futures

‘There is near unanimity among the public that lawyers should have to demonstrate more actively than now that they remain competent throughout their careers, the Legal Services Board has found.’

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Legal Futures, 9th July 2021

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Lawyers should have to take competence tests “every 10 years” – Legal Futures

‘Lawyers should have to take online tests every 10 years to prove that they remain competent in their specialist fields, Sarah Chambers, chair of the Legal Services Consumer Panel (LSCP), said yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 30th June 2021

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Call to curb return to practice of barristers suspended for sexual misconduct – Legal Futures

‘Barristers suspended for sexual misconduct should face conditions when they returning to practice, such as bans from taking pupils or being featured in legal directories, a campaigning group has recommended.’

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Legal Futures, 15th June 2021

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Barrister who “took advantage of BSB’s generosity” is suspended – Legal Futures

‘A veteran barrister who “took advantage” of the Bar Standards Board (BSB) by refusing to pay a fine for almost four years has been suspended for two months.’

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Legal Futures, 5th May 2020

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Pupils must have written agreements from May – Legal Futures

Posted February 4th, 2020 in continuing professional development, diversity, news, pupillage by sally

‘Written pupillage agreements will become compulsory from 1 May 2020, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has said.’

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Legal Futures, 4th February 2020

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Chambers introduces mandatory “anti-oppression” training – Legal Futures

Posted January 23rd, 2020 in barristers, continuing professional development, equality, news by tracey

‘A London chambers has made it compulsory for all members to attend “anti-oppression” sessions covering the range of protected characteristics.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd January 2020

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LSB launches continuing competence inquiry – Legal Futures

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has launched a call for evidence on continuing competence, the first stage in a promised review of the issue that could lead to periodic checks on lawyers’ fitness to practise.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd January 2020

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BSB publishes research into barristers’ attitudes to the revised CPD scheme – Bar Standards Board

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a report on the impact of its revised approach to regulating barristers’ Continuing Professional Development (CPD). It finds that most barristers welcome the revised scheme’s greater flexibility but lack understanding about the role of reflection in maintaining professional standards.’

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Bar Standards Board, 3rd December 2019

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Barristers still struggling with concept of CPD “reflection” – Legal Futures

Posted December 4th, 2019 in barristers, continuing professional development, news, reports by tracey

‘Barristers are generally happy with their new continuing professional development (CPD) regime but are struggling to understand the concept of “reflection”, independent research has found.’

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Legal Futures, 4th December 2019

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LSB builds case for ‘continuing competence’ push – Legal Futures

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has heard calls for regulators to take a more “hands-on” approach to ensuring that lawyers remain competent through their careers.’

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Legal Futures, 31st October 2019

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“Significant number” of barristers struggling with CPD regime – Legal Futures

Posted November 23rd, 2018 in barristers, continuing professional development, news, statistics by sally

‘A “significant number” of barristers are still unaware that a new scheme for continuing professional development (CPD) has been in force for nearly two years or are unclear on how it works, Bar Standards Board checks have found.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd November 2018

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Barristers divided over value of mentorship – Legal Futures

Posted July 9th, 2018 in barristers, continuing professional development, news by sally

‘A survey of a compulsory barristers’ mentoring scheme has found a wide divergence of perceptions between the newly-qualified and experienced advocates questioned, with even answers to identical questions receiving very different replies.’

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Legal Futures, 9th July 2018

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BSB publishes a new guide for barristers working with vulnerable immigration clients – Bar Standards Board

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published an online guide to assist immigration barristers when they work closely with vulnerable clients. The new resource will help immigration barristers to identify, assess and manage vulnerability as well as help them to meet their regulatory and other legal duties.’

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Bar Standards Board, 18th April 2018

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New website launched for barristers and chambers: MyBar self-service portal opens for Authorisation to Practise process 2018 – Bar Standards Board

Posted February 27th, 2018 in barristers, continuing professional development, internet, press releases by tracey

‘A new self-service website for barristers and chambers to renew their practising certificates, update regulatory information, pay the Bar Representation Fee (BRF), manage subscriptions and applications and to book training, has been jointly launched by the Bar Council and the Bar Standards Board (BSB).’

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Bar Standards Board, 26th February 2018

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English barristers trained to be less pompous in bid to win over wealthy international clients – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 5th, 2018 in barristers, continuing professional development, inns of court, news by sally

‘English barristers are being trained to come across as less pompous in social situations in a bid to win over wealthy international clients.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th February 2018

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