‘How fearless can a barrister afford to be when representing a defendant at a criminal trial? That was the question I asked here exactly six months ago. The answer, we learned this week, is not as fearless as Lawrence McNulty was when he represented Munir Farooqi at a terrorist trial in the summer of 2011. A disciplinary tribunal of the inns of court has now convicted McNulty on four charges of professional misconduct arising from Farooqi’s trial, while acquitting the barrister of a fifth’
The Guardian, 31st July 2014
‘The Bar Standards Board has today [3 March] published an update on the contract management arrangements relating to COIC/BTAS (Council of the Inns of Court / Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service) and the progress against the recommendations set out in the Browne report of 2012.’
Bar Stardards Board, 3rd March 2014
‘This paper is written by representatives of the Council of the Inns of Court and the Advocacy Training Council to assist the ‘Review of the Provision of Independent Criminal Advocacy’ currently being undertaken by Sir Bill Jeffrey at the request of the Secretary of State for Justice.’
The Inner Temple, December 2014
“A High Court judgment that refused three applications for judicial review of barristers’ disciplinary decisions is to be appealed, after the court found that anomalies in tribunal panel member appointments did not affect the validity of the findings.”
Legal Futures, 17th October 2013
“A Bar Standards Board spokesperson said:
‘The administrative court has today handed down judgment in Leathley, Mehey, Hayes v Visitors to the Inns of Court: three judicial review applications which raised issues arising from the various anomalies revealed in 2011 in relation to the Council of the Inns of Courts’ panel member appointment processes. We are pleased that the court found all but two of the specific challenges made by the Claimants to be totally without merit and refused the applications on the two issues it considered were arguable. The judgment confirms the Bar Standard’s Board’s original view: that most of the historic anomalies, while a matter of great concern to us, did not affect the validity of the findings made in the cases that were potentially affected.'”
Bar Standards Board, 16th October 2013
“The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is to judicially review (JR) a disciplinary tribunal decision ordering that an acquitted barrister who represented herself be paid £27,500 in costs, fearing that if it went unchallenged similar claims could follow.”
Legal Futures, 27th August 2013
“The High Court has this week been hearing the first claim for judicial review arising from last year’s high-profile problems with the Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) tribunals which, if successful, would throw the barristers’ disciplinary regime into disarray.”
Legal Futures, 18th July 2013
“The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has expressed regret and disappointment at the problems uncovered in the Inns of Court’s administration of disciplinary tribunals – and opened up a turf war over the role of the new tribunals service that is being set up as a result.”
Legal Futures, 28th November 2012
The BIALL Wallace Breem Award 2012 has been awarded to the team at Inner Temple Library.
Margaret Clay and Tracey Dennis received the award at the BIALL Annual Dinner which took place at the Europa Hotel, Belfast, on Friday 15th June.
The award reflects the team’s considerable contribution to the legal information profession via three sources in particular.
Firstly, the publication ‘Transcripts of Judicial Proceedings in England and Wales: a Guide to Sources‘. This was first published in 2006 and a new edition was published in 2011. The guide provides invaluable information on how to find transcripts of judicial proceedings of courts and tribunals in England and Wales in an easy-to-use format. The guide is compiled and updated by contacting service providers directly in order to ensure that the information given about their services is as accurate as possible.
Secondly, a daily current awareness blog. This provides up-to-date information on new case law, changes in legislation, and legal news relating to England and Wales. Users can receive updates via email, RSS or Twitter and a version of the blog is also available for mobile devices. Currently the blog attracts 20,000 visits per month from over 100 countries and has 2,000 subscribers and 2,430 followers on Twitter. The Times described the blog as “An extremely useful digest of latest resolutions and legal news stories from around the web, updated regularly.”
Thirdly, the AccessToLaw Database which provides annotated links to selected UK, Commonwealth and international legal websites. Over 1400 sites are currently included. These are mainly legal, government and parliamentary sites with a particular emphasis on those which contain substantive law or related materials, or which will help the legal practitioner to find such information. New sites are added regularly, and existing site entries are checked and updated every three months.
Nominating the winner, Elaine Wintle of Blackstone Chambers felt that ‘the quality of the work that they do, under considerable budgetary constraints, deserves an accolade’.
The judging panel agreed and were pleased to acknowledge the achievements of the team at Inner Temple Library.
Text taken from the BIALL website.
“Responding to the release of the Fair Access to Professional Careers, Patrick Maddams, Sub-Treasurer of The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, one of the four Inns of Court, said: ‘We welcome this progress report and the recognition of the work the Inns of Court have been undertaking to promote access to the Bar. The Inns of Court between them now provide nearly £5 million per year in scholarships to ensure that financial need does not prevent capable students of studying for the Bar.’ ”
Inner Temple, 30th May 2012