“Massive memory test” preventing Bar students from understanding ethical values – Legal Futures

‘Bar students are struggling to understand ethical values because of the “massive memory test” awaiting them in the examination room, a senior lecturer has claimed.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd June 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Prevalence of all-male teams of counsel at Supreme Court “damaging diversity”, research finds – Legal Futures

Posted June 20th, 2017 in advocacy, barristers, diversity, judiciary, news, Supreme Court, trials by sally

‘Supreme Court judges should question the make-up of all-male teams of barristers appearing before the highest court in the land as their prevalence is damaging diversity in the profession, researchers have argued.’

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Legal Futures, 20th June 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Fair share – Counsel

‘All members should feel that chambers is doing their best for them. But how can you check work is being allocated fairly, and how can clerks demonstrate the fact of fairness? Rachel Crasnow QC reports from a seminar addressing these concerns.’

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Counsel, June 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Lawyers make the grade in BAME ‘power lists’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 1st, 2017 in diversity, equality, law firms, legal profession, news, solicitors by sally

‘Eight lawyers including six magic circle partners have been named in a power list celebrating the best BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) business leaders.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 30th May 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Leading female lawyers among cadre of new deputy High Court judges – Litigation Futures

‘Twenty one new deputy High Court judges were appointed yesterday, of whom a third were women – among them a senior government solicitor, the vice-chair of the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and an academic.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th May 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Employees, Directors & the Futures Path of Corporate Governance Reform – Littleton Chambers

‘Shortly before the calling of a General Election the Business and Enterprise Select Committee of the House of Commons published a report on corporate governance. As the report’s reception and subsequent comment have made clear, whatever the outcome of the election the framework set by the report is likely to determine the direction of future corporate governance reform.’

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Littleton Chambers, 9th May 2017

Source: www.littletonchambers.com

Rachel Jones: Increasing Judicial Diversity – A Constitutional Imperative? – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted April 28th, 2017 in diversity, judiciary, news by tracey

‘Tuesday marked the launch of JUSTICE’s Working Party report, Increasing judicial diversity. The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, spoke at the event, alongside Chair of the Working Party and leading public law barrister Nathalie Lieven QC. She urged those present to take up the report’s vision, and outlined recommendations for systemic, long-term change. Attendees included policy-makers, practitioners and members of the senior judiciary.

This post offers some brief reasons to support the report’s key contention: the current lack of gender, ethnic and social diversity in our highest courts is indeed a serious constitutional issue. With this in mind, the article then turns to consider some of the report’s key recommendations.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 27th April 2017

Source: www.ukconstitutionallaw.org

Lack of diversity among UK senior judiciary is ‘serious constitutional issue’ – The Guardian

Posted April 26th, 2017 in diversity, judiciary, news by sally

‘The senior judiciary is dominated by privately educated white men and may need “targets with teeth” – if not quotas – to improve diversity on the bench, a report by senior lawyers has warned.’

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The Guardian, 25th April 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Anuja Dhir becomes first non-white circuit judge at Old Bailey – The Guardian

Posted April 10th, 2017 in diversity, judges, legal profession, news, race discrimination by sally

‘The first non-white circuit judge to sit at the Old Bailey has revealed she was often mistaken for a defendant or witness when she first entered the judiciary.’

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The Guardian, 8th April 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Bar Council issues warning over plan for extended court sittings – Litigation Futures

Posted March 27th, 2017 in barristers, children, courts, diversity, news, pilot schemes, women by tracey

‘Forthcoming plans for courts to start earlier and finish later will disadvantage barristers with children and do not take account of the cab-rank rule, the Bar Council has warned.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th March 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

BSB announces decision on the future of Bar training – Bar Standards board

‘At its Board meeting last night, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) decided that it will authorise a limited number of future training routes for prospective students to qualify as barristers. One of these is likely to be a new training course, which has been proposed by the Council of the Inns of Court (COIC) and the Bar Council. The Board also agreed a Policy Statement setting out its vision for the future of Bar training.’

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Bar Standards Board, 24th March 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Who gets Silk 2016-17? – Counsel

Posted February 23rd, 2017 in diversity, equality, legal profession, news, queen's counsel by sally

‘David Wurtzel reveals the story behind the statistics in this year’s Silk list and Abigail Bright imparts sage career advice from an expert panel of women QCs.’

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Counsel, March 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Maximising mini-pupillage – Counsel

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in barristers, diversity, legal profession, news, pupillage by sally

‘No contacts, no mini-pupillage? Dr Elaine Freer examines the state of work experience at the Bar in light of recent guidance for chambers and her own research on socio-economically disadvantaged aspirant entrants.’

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Counsel, March 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Supreme court seeks new judges who will ‘improve its diversity’ – The Guardian

Posted February 17th, 2017 in diversity, judiciary, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The supreme court began its search for three new judges on Thursday, seeking members who will “improve the diversity of the court”.’

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The Guardian, 16th February 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

LSB to put regulators’ efforts to improve diversity under microscope

Posted February 16th, 2017 in diversity, legal profession, Legal Services Board, news by sally

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) will next year carry out the first formal assessment of how the profession’s regulators have performed in improving diversity in their parts of the law, it has announced.’

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Legal Futures, 16th February 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

BSB publishes two-year equality and diversity strategy – Bar Standards Board

Posted February 10th, 2017 in barristers, diversity, equality, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its Equality and Diversity Strategy for 2017-2019. This follows the publication of its Diversity at the Bar Report last month. That report showed that diversity at the Bar was heading slowly in the right direction but that considerable progress is still needed.’

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Bar Standards Board, 10th February 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

FA given vote of no confidence from MPs over ability to reform – The Guardian

Posted February 10th, 2017 in diversity, news, parliament, sport by tracey

‘A parliamentary vote of no confidence in the Football Association’s ability to govern the sport and reform itself has been passed by a small number of MPs. The backbench motion, proposed by the chairman of the culture, media and sport committee Damian Collins, has no legal force but was intended to increase the pressure on the FA to reform its board and council in line with the new official code for sports governing bodies.’

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The Guardian, 9th February 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

BSB report shows diversity at the Bar heading slowly in the right direction but that further progress is needed – Bar Standards Board

Posted February 1st, 2017 in barristers, diversity, reports by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its annual report on Diversity at the Bar. The report shows that progress was made in 2016 with regard to both diversity at the Bar itself and to the disclosure rates of barristers providing data.’

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Bar Standards Board, 27th January 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

MoJ plan to impose fixed-term contracts on judges “could be unlawful” – Legal Futures

Posted December 21st, 2016 in diversity, fees, fixed-term contracts, judges, judiciary, Ministry of Justice, news by tracey

‘Plans by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to impose fixed-term contracts on fee- paid judges could be unlawful, the Bar Council has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 21st December 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

New terms and conditions for judges will hinder diversity – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 20th, 2016 in consultations, diversity, judiciary, news, tribunals by tracey

‘Government proposals to increase the diversity of the judiciary and improve career prospects could be counter-productive, the Law Society warned today.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th December 2016

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk