The only way is ethics – Counsel

‘With integrity at the heart of the Bar, dilemmas often arise. Rachel Langdale QC calls to mind the guiding hand of the Ethics Committee, assisting barristers in the heat (or calm) of a crisis. Ellie Cumbo offers an insight into a year at the other end of the helpline.’

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Counsel, June 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Socrates case stayed for quantum discussions as tribunal orders Law Society to pay up to £230,000 in costs – Legal Futures

‘The fall-out from the decision that the Law Society breached competition law looks set to last for several more months after the Competition Appeal Tribunal laid out the timetable for determining damages.’

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Legal Futures, 5th June 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Law Society “abused dominant position” with CQS training monopoly, competition tribunal rules – Legal Futures

‘The Law Society abused its dominant position by requiring over 3,000 law firms to buy its own training in order to maintain their Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) accreditation, the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 26th May 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

The only way is ethics – Counsel

‘Minding our standards: in the first of a new column for Counsel, Andrew Walker QC outlines fresh imperatives and initiatives for barristers to enhance their knowledge of ethics in practice and stay ahead of the curve.’

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Counsel, March 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

New CPD rules: how to implement them in your practice – The Future of Law

‘What is the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) new mandatory regime on continuing professional development (CPD) for solicitors? Nicola Jones, co-founder and director of Athena Professional and a learning for performance consultant, takes a look at the new rules and provides guidance on how firms can implement them into their practices.’

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The Future of Law, 16th February 2017

Source: www.blogs.lexisnexis.co.uk

Leading the way on ethics – Counsel

‘Is the Bar still a stand-out example of adherence to high ethical standards? Desiree Artesi discusses the practicalities of professional ethics with Andrew Walker QC.’

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Counsel, January 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Bar Standards Board removes minimum CPD hours for experienced barristers – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 19th, 2016 in barristers, continuing professional development, news by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board has published the details of its new CPD regime, effective from 1st January 2017, removing the minimum hourly training requirement for barristers with more than three years experience.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th December 2016

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Bar Council launches vulnerable witness advocacy training – The Bar Council

‘Pro bono training launched for advocates dealing with vulnerable witnesses.’

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The Bar Council, 14th November 2016

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Tribunal starts hearing competition law action brought against Law Society – Legal Futures

‘The Competition Appeal Tribunal will today begin hearing a training provider’s claim that the Law Society acted anti-competitively by requiring law firms to buy its own training in order to maintain their Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) accreditation.’

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Legal Futures, 8th November 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Time to take competence seriously as new CPD regime kicks off – Legal Futures

Posted November 1st, 2016 in continuing professional development, law firms, news, solicitors by sally

‘Law firms are being encouraged to get their act together now and come to terms with the new continuing professional development (CPD) regime for solicitors, which comes into force today.’

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Legal Futures, 1st November 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

BSB forges ahead with flexible CPD regime despite fears it could become “paper exercise” – Legal Futures

Posted October 4th, 2016 in barristers, consultations, continuing professional development, news by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has backed a more flexible, outcomes-based continuing professional development (CPD) regime, despite the fears of some board members that it would degenerate into a “paper exercise”.’

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Legal Futures, 4th October 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Bar Council raises fundamental concerns about CPD scheme shortly before launch – Legal Futures

Posted September 6th, 2016 in barristers, consultations, continuing professional development, news by sally

‘The Bar Council has slammed the Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) forthcoming continuing professional development (CPD) regime as being burdensome, complicated, unfit for purpose, and involving “pointless” self-assessment.’

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Legal Futures, 6th September 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Changes to barristers’ CPD: BSB consultation about the rule changes is open – Bar Standards Board

‘As announced back in April, a new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) regime for barristers on the Established Practitioner Programme will be in place from January 2017. To prepare for the new CPD regime, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has published a consultation seeking views on the proposed changes to the rules and regulations governing the new scheme.’

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Bar Standards Board, 29th June 2016

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Lawyers given lesson in how to show their soft side as they face robot competition – Daily Telegraph

‘Lawyers have been given a lesson in how to show their emotional side amid rising concerns about robot competition.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th May 2016

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

More flexible CPD for barristers to start from January 2017, says Bar regulator – Bar Standards Board

Posted April 15th, 2016 in barristers, continuing professional development, press releases by tracey

‘A new CPD regime for barristers on the Established Practitioner Programme will be in place from January 2017.’

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Bar Standards Board, 14th April 2016

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Forensic Accounting: Launch of a new, online course for pupils and new practitioners – Bar Standards Board

‘In 2015, the BSB authorised BPP Professional Education to deliver an online Forensic Accounting course to pupils and new practitioners following a review of the face-to-face two day mandatory course.’

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Bar Standards Board, 29th March 2016

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Barristers oppose plans for more flexible CPD regime – Legal Futures

‘Plans by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) to introduce a more flexible, outcomes-focused CPD scheme have met with widespread opposition from barristers.’

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Legal Futures, 21st March 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

When undertaking CPD, not all practice makes perfect – Legal Futures

‘Many at the Bar and beyond will be familiar with the ‘10,000 hours’ theory – put forth by Swedish psychologist K Anders Ericsson and further propagated by popular writer Malcolm Gladwell. That is: the formula for success, in any field, is 10,000 hours of practice.’

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Legal Futures, 5th June 2015

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Bar Council warns on potential “cost to quality” from CPD move – Legal Futures

Posted December 4th, 2014 in barristers, continuing professional development, news, quality assurance by sally

‘The Bar Council has warned of a potential “cost to quality”, following an announcement from the Bar Standards Board (BSB) that from next month it will only accredit CPD providers, and not individual courses.’

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Legal Futures, 4th December 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Speech by The Hon. Mr Justice Green: Advocacy in Peril? – Judiciary of England and Wales

‘Key note address “Advocacy in Peril?” for the International Advocacy Teaching Conference, Nottingham Trent University on 28 June 2014 by The Honourable Mr Justice Green, Chairman, Advocacy Training Council.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 5th November 2014

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk