New pilot scheme announced for easier court entrance for legal professionals – Family Law

Posted August 13th, 2018 in courts, identification, legal profession, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced a new pilot scheme for practising legal professionals which will allow for them to get direct entrance to courts without the need to be searched. The scheme aims to reduce queues and grant legal professionals easier court access. In preparation of the schemes launch the MoJ is encouraging legal professionals to register with their local courts prior to the start of the pilot.’

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Family Law, 10th August 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Unconscious bias against women holding back ‘New Law’ – Legal Futures

Posted August 10th, 2018 in bias, legal profession, news, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘Unconscious bias in the legal profession against women is so deep-rooted that ‘New Law’ businesses trying to reshape legal services are just as affected, it has been claimed.’

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Legal Futures, 9th August 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

“Significant barriers” exist for disabled lawyers – Legal Futures

Posted July 16th, 2018 in disabled persons, legal profession, news by tracey

‘Disabled people seeking employment or working in the legal profession are “an untapped resource”, according to ground-breaking research. It found a profession not set up to accommodate the needs of disabled people in or wanting to join the profession.’

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Legal Futures, 16th July 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Legal professional privilege under attack again (even Donald Trump thinks so!) – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted June 19th, 2018 in legal profession, news, privilege, solicitors by sally

‘On 10 April 2018, President Donald Trump tweeted “Attorney-client privilege is dead!” This was not the President’s deep analysis of the state of legal professional privilege (LLP) but a reaction to the raid on the offices of one of his former lawyers and the seizing of a quantity of documentation.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 25th May 2018

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

Wish you weren’t here? – New Law Journal

Posted June 18th, 2018 in electronic mail, flexible working, holidays, legal profession, news by sally

‘Step out of the office & take some time to reflect on your work/life balance, says Matthew Kay.’

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New Law Journal, 13th June 2018

Source: www.newlawjournal.co.uk

Barristers in England and Wales call off industrial action – The Guardian

Posted June 12th, 2018 in barristers, criminal justice, industrial action, legal profession, news by sally

‘Criminal barristers have voted by a narrow margin to call off industrial action over fees that has been disrupting court cases across England and Wales for the past few months.’

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The Guardian, 12th June 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

New report from the Bar Council reveals true impact of struggling justice system on barristers’ profession – The Bar Council

Posted June 5th, 2018 in barristers, legal profession, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The Bar Council’s new report ‘Barristers’ Working Lives 2017: Barristers’ attitudes towards their working lives, released today, reveals that barristers across England and Wales are struggling with a number of factors affecting their overall working lives, such as workload, stress, and work-life balance.’

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The Bar Council, 29th May 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

New report shows that becoming a barrister remains highly competitive – Bar Standard Board

Posted May 10th, 2018 in barristers, legal profession, news, reports, universities by sally

‘The BSB has today published the fourth annual edition of its statistical information on student performance on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).’

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Bar Standards Board, 10th May 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Barristers in England and Wales ‘in grip of mental health crisis’ – The Guardian

‘Criminal barristers are in the grip of a mental health crisis caused by significant increases in the amount of digital evidence, the number of historical sexual assault cases and long hours, the body that represents them has said.’

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The Guardian, 6th May 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Big firms share LGBT knowledge in SRA mentoring scheme – Legal Futures

‘Small and medium-sized law firms will get free help and advice from some of the biggest firms in the country on how to become more inclusive employers under a pilot scheme launched this month by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).’

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Legal Futures, 24th April 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Criminal defence solicitors facing extinction – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 17th, 2018 in criminal justice, legal profession, news, solicitors by tracey

‘Criminal defence solicitors are on the way to becoming extinct, according to a graphic depiction published by the Law Society today. A heatmap of duty solicitor coverage shows that in several parts of England and Wales a majority of criminal law specialists are over 50 – and that few young solicitors are choosing the specialism.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 17th April 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Third of criminal law barristers consider leaving jobs as CBA launches direct action – Legal Futures

‘The depth of despondency among criminal law barristers has been revealed in a survey as direct action by the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) began on Easter Day.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd April 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Parliament warned of ‘threat to profession’s independence’ over legal aid funding decisions – Legal Futures

Posted March 16th, 2018 in human rights, legal aid, legal profession, news, select committees by tracey

‘There is a “worrying trend” towards potential government interference in decisions over the grant of legal aid that threaten the independence of the profession, a leading solicitor warned parliamentarians this week.’

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Legal Futures, 16th March 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Low salaries dog debt-ridden young legal aid lawyers, says social mobility report – Legal Futures

Posted March 14th, 2018 in debts, legal aid, legal profession, news, remuneration by sally

‘More than half of young legal aid lawyers are earning less than £25,000 a year, yet more than a quarter start their careers carrying more than £35,000 debt as a result of their education, according to a survey of lawyers in the sector.’

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Legal Futures, 14th March 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Accountants and lawyers ‘must report’ aggressive tax avoidance schemes – The Guardian

Posted March 14th, 2018 in accountants, banking, legal profession, news, notification, penalties, tax avoidance by sally

‘Accountants, bankers and lawyers will face penalties if they fail to report aggressive tax avoidance schemes that help companies or individuals move money to offshore havens, under a new European Union law.’

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The Guardian, 13th March 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Big gap between male and female lawyers in perception of gender equality progress, Law Society finds – Legal Futures

Posted March 8th, 2018 in equality, flexible working, legal profession, news, solicitors, women by tracey

‘Three-quarters (74%) of male lawyers believe there has been progress on gender equality in the legal profession over the past five years but less than half (48%) of their female colleagues agree, a global survey has found.’

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Legal Futures, 8th March 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Whatever happened to the judiciary’s McKenzie Friends consultation? – Transparency Project

‘In February 2016, the then Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, and the Judicial Executive Board issued a consultation entitled “Reforming the courts’ approach to McKenzie Friends”. It followed an internal report by a judicial working group and sought responses to a number of proposals in relation to McKenzie Friends, including changing their name to ‘court supporter’, replacing existing practice guidance with rules of court, introducing a Code of Conduct for them, and imposing a bar on recovery of fees.’

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Transparency Project, 27th February 2018

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

Barristers, solicitors, and the Four Inns of Court of England – OUP Blog

Posted February 28th, 2018 in barristers, inns of court, legal profession, news, solicitors by sally

‘After many years of attempting to explain the need for two kinds of lawyer in the United Kingdom to exasperated and confused European colleagues – and even US ones – I have lighted on the following language. Solicitors are a primary market of legal services. They are profit-sharing organisations in which senior lawyers manage teams of junior lawyers to do almost everything their clients want. They operate just like any law firm around the world, save to the extent that their life is made easier by the existence of a secondary legal services market, which must be accessed either through them or lawyers overseas, which is known as barristers, or the Bar.’

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OUP Blog, 26th February 2018

Source: blog.oup.com

Lady Hale at the 2018 Pankhurst Lecture, University of Manchester – Supreme Court

Posted February 21st, 2018 in elections, judiciary, legal profession, parliament, sex discrimination, speeches, women by tracey

‘Lady Hale at the 2018 Pankhurst Lecture, University of Manchester.’

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Supreme Court, 8th February 2018

Source: www.supremecourt.uk

Bar chair: Separation remains for a reason – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 16th, 2018 in barristers, legal profession, legal services, news, solicitors by tracey

‘I’m sure every chair for the last several years has been asked to comment on a forthcoming fusion of professions,’ said Andrew Walker QC when asked whether the solicitor and barrister professions will maintain their separate status in years to come.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th January 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk