Why criminal barristers are striking over legal aid funding – The Guardian

Posted August 23rd, 2022 in barristers, criminal justice, industrial action, legal aid, news, remuneration by sally

‘Criminal barristers in England and Wales have voted overwhelmingly to strike indefinitely from 5 September, the same date the new Conservative leader and prime minister will be announced.’

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The Guardian, 22nd August 2022

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Barristers vote for all-out strike from 5 September – The Independent

‘Criminal defence barristers are to go on an all-out strike from next week, bringing the majority of crown court cases to a grinding halt.’

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The Independent, 22nd August 2022

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What does UK law say about strikes? – OUP Blog

Posted August 16th, 2022 in codes of practice, employment, industrial action, news by sally

‘Every day there are reports of further strikes. Chaos on the railways, the London Underground brought to a standstill, airlines, teachers, the NHS: the list goes on. On one hand, people are fighting for their rights, some would say justifiably. On the other, employers are trying to keep things running. While strikes cause huge disruption for the public, they are also one of the few levers available to employees to bargain for their position.’

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OUP Blog, 11th August 2022

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Union’s head of legal receives apology over picket line arrest – Legal Futures

‘A barrister working as a trade union’s in-house lawyer has received a formal apology and damages of £3,000 from the Metropolitan Police after he was arrested on a picket line.’

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Legal Futures, 28th July 2022

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Law change allows organisations to employ agency workers during strikes – Local Government Lawyer

‘A new law is now in place that will enable organisations impacted by industrial action to plug staffing gaps with agency workers, the Government has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th July 2022

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UK rape victim left feeling ‘suicidal’ after five-year wait for case to come to trial – The Guardian

‘A rape victim who will have been waiting five years by the time her case comes to court has said navigating the justice process has had a worse impact on her mental health than the crime itself, leaving her feeling “suicidal”.’

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The Guardian, 24th July 2022

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Brenda Hale: ‘There’s absolutely no need to scrap the Human Rights Act’ – The Guardian

‘renda Hale is a British judge who served as president of the supreme court of the United Kingdom from 2017 until her retirement in 2020. Lady Hale studied law at Cambridge, was called to the bar and then worked as an academic for many years. In 1984, she became the youngest person to be appointed to the Law Commission. In 1999, she was only the second woman to be appointed to the court of appeal. It fell to Hale, in September 2019, to deliver the judgment of the supreme court in the matter of the Queen’s prorogation of parliament on the advice of Boris Johnson. The court ruled that the prorogation was unlawful and the spider brooch Hale wore on that fateful day became one of the most famous fashion accessories in history. Her memoir, Spider Woman: A Life, is now out in paperback.’

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The Guardian, 24th July 2022

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Criminal courts face further disruption as barristers strike for fourth week – The Independent

‘Barristers have walked out for a fourth week as industrial action continues at courts around the country.’

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The Independent, 18th July 2022

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MPs approve controversial plans to let agency workers cover for striking staff – The Guardian

Posted July 12th, 2022 in casual workers, industrial action, news, trade unions by tracey

‘Ministers have approved controversial plans to allow agency workers to replace striking workers, voting through the regulations on Monday night by 289 votes to 202.’

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The Guardian, 12th July 2022

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Criminal courts face disruption as barristers strike for second week – The Independent

‘Barristers have accused the Government of “refusing” to negotiate as strikes continue at criminal courts around the country for a second week.’

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The Independent, 4th July 2022

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Courts ‘in limbo’ as barristers strike for second week – BBC News

‘Criminal cases in courts across England and Wales face further disruption as barristers enter a second week of strike action. The walkouts began last week in a long-running dispute over pay and conditions.’

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BBC News, 4th July 2022

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‘The system is in crisis’: barristers make their case as strike begins – The Guardian

Posted June 28th, 2022 in barristers, criminal justice, Crown Court, industrial action, legal aid, news by sally

”Usually one of the busiest courts in the country, the corridors of Manchester crown court were unusually quiet.’

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The Guardian, 27th June 2022

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Barristers walk out of courts in strike over legal aid funding – BBC News

‘Barristers will walk out of courts across England and Wales on Monday in a dispute over legal aid funding. During the strikes, they will not accept new cases or take on work for colleagues whose cases have overrun.’

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BBC news, 27th June 2022

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Lord Chief Justice and BSB warn striking barristers of disciplinary risks – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Standards Board has told striking barristers that it will focus in particular on any harm caused, if they are referred for disciplinary action.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd June 2022

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Rail strike: Law change would allow agency staff to cover industrial action – BBC News

Posted June 23rd, 2022 in casual workers, industrial action, news, railways, trade unions by sally

‘Plans are under way to change the law to enable employers to use agency staff to cover staffing gaps during strikes, the government has announced.’

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BBC News, 23rd June 2022

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Criminal barristers vote to strike over pay rates – BBC News

‘Criminal barristers have voted to strike in an escalating dispute with the government over funding for trials.’

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BBC News, 20th June 2022

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Barristers to be balloted on possible walkouts in row over legal aid rates – The Guardian

‘Barristers are to be balloted this weekend on escalating industrial action over legal aid rates as figures reveal the number of crown court cases adjourned because of a shortage of lawyers has increased nearly fivefold over the decade.’

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The Guardian, 11th June 2022

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Thousands of barristers take action over legal aid – BBC News

Posted April 11th, 2022 in barristers, criminal justice, industrial action, legal aid, news, remuneration by tracey

‘Nearly 2,500 barristers who are essential to the criminal justice system in England and Wales are starting industrial action over concerns about legal aid funding.’

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BBC news, 11th April 2022

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Employers can take action against striking workers, Court of Appeal decides – OUT-LAW.com

‘The English and Welsh Court of Appeal has reasserted the previously held view that protection against detriment on the grounds of “trade union activities” does not extend to strike action.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 29th March 2022

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Barristers to press ahead with legal aid action – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 22nd, 2022 in barristers, criminal justice, fees, industrial action, legal aid, news, remuneration by tracey

‘Barristers will not be balloted on whether they are happy to accept the proposed £135m package of criminal legal aid reforms announced last week, the Criminal Bar Association has revealed.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 22nd March 2022

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk