Statement from the Chair of the Bar on AGFS – The Bar Council

Posted March 26th, 2018 in barristers, consultations, criminal justice, fees, legal aid, press releases by tracey

‘Statement from the Chair of the Bar on AGFS.’

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The Bar Council, 24th March 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

BSB agrees approach on the role of the Inns of Court in the future of Bar training – Bar Standards Board

‘Following its recent consultation, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has agreed in principle how it should prescribe the future role of the Inns of Court in the training and qualification of barristers.’

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Bar Standards Board, 23rd March 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.

Former Salvation Army members convicted of sexual abuse in 70s and 80s – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Three men have today been found guilty of sexually abusing young female members of the Salvation Army in Blackpool in the 1970s and 1980s.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 22nd March 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Justice Secretary unveils new bill to cut car insurance premiums – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 21st, 2018 in bills, compensation, insurance, personal injuries, press releases, road traffic by tracey

‘Justice Secretary David Gauke today (20 March 2018) unveiled the Civil Liability Bill, offering hope of lower insurance premiums to millions of motorists.’

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Ministry of Justice, 20th March 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Drink driver jailed for killing girl returning from birthday party – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted March 21st, 2018 in alcohol abuse, dangerous driving, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘A man who drank nine pints of lager and took cocaine before crashing into a group of schoolchildren, killing a 16-year-old girl, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for causing death by dangerous driving and given a nine year driving ban.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 20th March 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Speaking up on bullying judges – The Bar Council

Posted March 21st, 2018 in barristers, bullying, judiciary, press releases by tracey

‘Amid reports of judicial bullying of barristers, Andrew Walker QC, Chair of the Bar, commented: “As the representative body for all barristers in England and Wales, we strongly condemn any bullying or inappropriate treatment of our members by judges, or by any other legal professionals they encounter. We know it can happen, and we have resources available to support barristers on our Wellbeing at the Bar website, and we can give advice and guidance via our confidential helplines.”‘

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The Bar Council, 20th March 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Government commits to protect people with dementia and learning difficulties – Law Commission

Posted March 16th, 2018 in elderly, learning difficulties, mental health, press releases by tracey

‘The government has said it will bring forward legislation to provide greater protection for some of the most vulnerable people in our society. In a Written Ministerial Statement Health Minister Caroline Dinenage said the government broadly agreed with the Liberty Protection Safeguards model proposed by the Law Commission in 2017 and would legislate “when parliamentary time allows”.’

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Law Commission, 15th March 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

Man who bit off a piece of his victim’s ear has sentence increased – Attorney General’s Office

‘A man who bit off a piece of his victim’s ear has had his sentence increased after the Solicitor General appealed it for being too low.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 14th March 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

Chair criticises ‘glacial pace’ of LASPO review – The Bar Council

Posted March 9th, 2018 in budgets, legal aid, press releases by tracey

‘Responding to news this week that the Government’s review of LASPO will be delayed until the end of the year, Chair of the Bar Andrew Walker QC said it is frustrating that the review is moving at such a “glacial pace”.’

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The Bar Council, 8th march 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

BSB seeks views on modernising its regulatory decision-making – Bar Standards Board

Posted March 9th, 2018 in barristers, consultations, press releases, professional conduct by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today launched a new consultation seeking views on the final phase of the Governance Reform outlined in its 2016-19 Strategic Plan. The BSB now proposes to change how it deals with the information it receives as the regulator and to revise its decision-making structures in relation to professional conduct issues.’

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Bar Standards Board, 8th March 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Data Protection Bill threat to legal privilege – The Bar Council

Posted March 8th, 2018 in barristers, bills, data protection, press releases, privilege by tracey

‘A Bill designed to give citizens more control over their data could end up stripping back the fundamental British right to confidential legal advice, the Bar has warned.’

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The Bar Council, 5th March 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Man jailed after taking staff hostage at bowling alley – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A man who held two members of staff at bowling alley hostage at gun point has been jailed for 12 years today.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 2nd March 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Sentencing Council launches new definitive guideline on bladed articles and offensive weapons offences – Sentencing Council

Posted March 2nd, 2018 in offensive weapons, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘The Sentencing Council has published a new guideline for the sentencing of offenders convicted of the possession of a bladed article or offensive weapon, such as acid, in public, and of using one to threaten someone.’

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Sentencing Council, 1st March 2018

Source: http://sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk

Man jailed for sharing “how to kill disbelievers” video – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted March 2nd, 2018 in press releases, sentencing, terrorism by tracey

‘A man who sent a text message containing a link to an extremist instructional video on how to kill someone using knives has been jailed for 16 months.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 2nd March 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

New edition of the Equal Treatment Bench Book launched – Courts and tribunals Judiciary

Posted March 2nd, 2018 in equality, judiciary, press releases by tracey

‘The Equal Treatment Bench Book has been updated, expanded and improved. It aims to increase awareness and understanding of the different circumstances of people appearing in courts and tribunals. It helps enable effective communication and suggests steps which should increase participation by all parties.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 28th February 2018

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

‘Mate Crime’ duo jailed for longer after Solicitor General intervenes in their case – Attorney General’s Office

Posted March 2nd, 2018 in appeals, false imprisonment, press releases, sentencing, wounding by tracey

‘Matthew Ward and Marcus Cullumbine have had their sentences increased after the Solicitor General referred them for being too low.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 1st March 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

New website launched for barristers and chambers: MyBar self-service portal opens for Authorisation to Practise process 2018 – Bar Standards Board

Posted February 27th, 2018 in barristers, continuing professional development, internet, press releases by tracey

‘A new self-service website for barristers and chambers to renew their practising certificates, update regulatory information, pay the Bar Representation Fee (BRF), manage subscriptions and applications and to book training, has been jointly launched by the Bar Council and the Bar Standards Board (BSB).’

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Bar Standards Board, 26th February 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

BSB agrees approach to improve transparency for clients of the Bar – Bar Standards Board

Posted February 26th, 2018 in advertising, barristers, consumer protection, fees, legal services, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has set out a revised approach to improve transparency standards for clients of the Bar. This responds to the recent Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) market study of legal services and takes full account of responses to a recent BSB consultation.’

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Bar Standards Board, 23rd February 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Bar Council responds to new AGFS announcement – The Bar Council

Posted February 26th, 2018 in barristers, fees, press releases by tracey

‘Responding to today’s announcement of a new Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS) the Chair of the Bar, Andrew Walker QC, said: “For years, our system of criminal justice has suffered from a remorseless succession of cuts in funding, and wholly inadequate investment. This has included huge cuts in the fixed fees payable to those defence barristers who carry out publicly-funded work in the Crown Court under the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS); cuts that, proportionately, have far exceeded those imposed on public service providers in any other sector. These are the very same barristers who are working tirelessly under an ever-increasing workload for those very same fees. Without their commitment, and their continued goodwill, the system would simply cease to function.” ‘

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The Bar Council, 23rd February 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Home-ownership call for evidence – help make commonhold more common – Law Commission

Posted February 23rd, 2018 in consultations, Law Commission, leases, press releases, sale of land by tracey

‘The Law Commission is asking flat owners, housebuilders, mortgage lenders and lawyers to help shape a law which could help people own their flats outright. The independent legal body wants views on a little-known and little used home ownership status called commonhold, which provides an alternative to residential leasehold.’

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Law Commission, 22nd February 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/