Keeping Counsel in Suspense: BSB’s New Powers – Mountford Chambers

‘On 21 May 2024, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) announced a rule change which establishes an expanded power to impose interim suspensions of barristers in specified cases. This is a practical and sensible update which brings barristers into line with most other regulated professions.’

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Mountford Chambers, 29th May 2024

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High Court judge “compromised integrity” with CA application – Legal Futures

‘A High Court judge has been given a formal warning after it emerged that he had seen and commented on an independent assessment written for his application to join the Court of Appeal.’

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Legal Futures, 13th June 2024

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Harman to lead review of bullying and harassment at the Bar – Legal Futures

Posted June 12th, 2024 in barristers, bullying, equality, harassment, news, professional conduct by sally

‘Solicitor Harriet Harman KC has been named as chair of the Bar Council’s independent review of bullying and harassment, including sexual harassment, at the Bar.’

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Legal Futures, 12th June 2024

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Carr urges KCs to give juniors oral advocacy opportunities – Legal Futures

Posted June 10th, 2024 in advocacy, barristers, diversity, judges, judiciary, news, professional conduct by tracey

‘The Lady Chief Justice has urged senior barristers to give their junior counsel chances to speak in court, both for their own development and the future diversity of the judiciary.’

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Legal Futures, 10th June 2024

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SRA “has gone too far” with demands in SLAPPs guidance – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) guidance on SLAPPs may go too far in requiring practitioners to ascertain the truth of their client’s case, a senior barrister has suggested.’

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Legal Futures, 10th June 2024

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Met Police officer dismissed after leaking sensitive information to Algerian embassy – The Independent

‘A Met Police officer who passed information to staff at an embassy without authorisation has been dismissed from the force.’

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The Independent, 31st May 2024

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Police couple shared footage from murder probe – BBC News

‘A constable and his police colleague wife have been jailed after they shared video footage taken at the crime scene of a murder inquiry.’

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BBC News, 30th May 2024

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Hull hospital doctor struck off for ‘sexual harassment’ – BBC News

‘A doctor who inappropriately touched two junior female colleagues has been struck off the medical register.’

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BBC News, 28th May 2024

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Costs order was ‘fair’ where barrister forgot to renew his practising certificate, High Court judge finds – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Restricting the recovery of a barrister’s fees to work done while he held a practising certificate was not unfair, the High Court judge has ruled.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 28th May 2024

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Neurodiversity in academic misconduct: considerations for accessibility, equity and inclusion – Kingsley Napley Regulatory Blog

‘As artificial intelligence technologies (“AI”) progress, universities face heightened pressure to detect and address academic dishonesty, including plagiarism and collusion. Receiving an allegation of academic misconduct is a difficult experience for any student, but for neurodivergent students, this process can add layers of complexity and emotional strain.’

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Kingsley Napley Regulatory Blog, 20th May 2024

Source: www.kingsleynapley.co.uk

High Court rejects SRA appeal against £75,000 costs order – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has rejected the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) appeal against a £75,000 costs order made after its failed prosecution of a solicitor.’

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Legal Futures, 20th May 2024

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Nurse struck off over hit-and-run death of man, 82 – BBC News

‘A nurse who killed a great-grandfather in a drink-drive hit-and-run has been struck off.’

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BBC News, 17th May 2024

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Barrister who fell asleep during inquest cleared of misconduct – The Guardian

‘A barrister who wrote a book on sleepwalking and who fell asleep during a coroner’s inquest has been cleared of all professional misconduct charges.’

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The Guardian, 15th May 2024

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Peers support widening SRA’s fining and investigative powers – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) needs more powers to prevent misconduct by law firms involved in strategic litigation against public participation (SLAPPs), peers have urged.’

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Legal Futures, 15th May 2024

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SRA seeks power to launch “spot checks” of law firms – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has called for the power to launch “wide-sweeping inspections” of law firms without needing the trigger of a specific allegation of misconduct.’

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Legal Futures, 8th May 2024

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SRA seeks power to launch “spot checks” of law firms – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has called for the power to launch “wide-sweeping inspections” of law firms without needing the trigger of a specific allegation of misconduct.’

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Legal Futures, 8th May 2024

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Insight and ‘conduct fundamentally incompatible with continued registration’: PSA v NMC and Kadiatu Jalloh [2023] EWHC 3331 (Admin) – 2 Hare Court

‘In PSA v NMC and Kadiatu Jalloh [2023] EWHC 3331 (Admin), the Administrative Court allowed the PSA’s referral of the NMC’s decision only to suspend the Registrant, a psychiatric nurse. The proceedings in the High Court were, essentially, an appeal against sanction on the ground that it was too lenient.’

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2 Hare Court, 5th April 2024

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‘’O, reason not the need!” – Why King Lear was wrong or: The Importance of Reasons in Disciplinary Proceedings – Francis Taylor Building

‘The general importance of the duty to give reasons at common law is well known to disciplinary practitioners. The recent debate generated by the comments made by the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Mark Rowley, in the context of police misconduct further highlights the importance of all disciplinary panels arriving at decisions which are robust and sustainable against legal challenge.’

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Francis Taylor Building, 12th March 2024

Source: www.ftbchambers.co.uk

Retired UK GP suspended for five months after climate protests – The Guardian

‘A doctor who went to jail after a series of climate protests has been taken off the medical register for five months – and still faces being permanently struck off. The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) – the disciplinary arm of the General Medical Council (GMC) – suspended Dr Sarah Benn on Tuesday, having found last week that her fitness to practise as a doctor had been impaired by reason of misconduct.’

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The Guardian, 23rd April 2024

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Does time spent on an immediate suspension order whilst awaiting appeal count towards the overall period of suspension? Nabeel Aga v The General Dental Council [2023] EWHC 3208 (Admin) – 2 Hare Court

‘The decision late last year by Ritchie J in Aga v GDC caused uproar in the regulatory and professional discipline worlds.’

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2 Hare Court, 5th April 2024

Source: www.2harecourt.com