QASA given green light by High Court as JR fails – Legal Futures

‘A judicial review of the Legal Services Board’s approval of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocacy (QASA) has today been comprehensively rejected by the High Court.’

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Legal Futures, 20th January 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Hillcroft nursing home care workers jailed for abusing elderly residents – The Guardian

‘Three nursing home staff have been jailed and a fourth given a community sentence for tormenting and abusing elderly residents with dementia, actions described by the trial judge as “gratuitous sport at the expense of vulnerable victims”.’

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The Guardian, 10th January 2014

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‘Maggot-infested’ GP surgeries exposed by inspectors – BBC News

Posted December 12th, 2013 in doctors, health, news, quality assurance by sally

‘The first national inspection of more than 900 GP surgeries in England has found one in three is failing to meet basic standards.’

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BBC News, 12th December 2013

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NEW series: “The advocate, the regulator, the TV maker and the client” – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted November 29th, 2013 in advocacy, media, news, quality assurance by sally

“Advocacy is a skill that exposes truth or lies in the court process. It is a forensic challenge that doesn’t depend on the colour of the advocate’s lipstick or the lining of Queen’s Counsel’s suit, but on ability.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 28th November 2013

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

CQC report says hospital care has not improved since Mid Staffs scandal – The Guardian

Posted November 22nd, 2013 in elderly, health, hospitals, news, quality assurance, reports by tracey

‘Hospitals have made no improvement in patient safety or treating the ill with dignity and respect despite the concerns triggered by the Mid Staffordshire scandal, according to the independent healthcare regulator. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) also found no improvement in hospitals monitoring and assessment of the quality of care they are providing.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

New Chambers supervision strategy launched – Bar Standards Board

Posted November 5th, 2013 in barristers, complaints, news, pupillage, quality assurance by sally

“From January 2014, all Chambers will be required to participate in new supervision arrangements, set out by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) today.”

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Bar Standards Board, 5th November 2013

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Attorney General urges barristers to think again over QASA boycott and returning legal aid briefs – Legal Futures

Posted November 4th, 2013 in advocacy, barristers, news, quality assurance by sally

“The Attorney General has urged barristers not to boycott the controversial Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA), and warned that if they refuse instructions they have already accepted in protest at the new legal aid rates, the government may ‘look elsewhere’.”

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Legal Futures, 4th November 2013

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

QASA claimants lose bid to cut costs exposure – Legal Futures

Posted October 31st, 2013 in barristers, costs, news, protective costs orders, quality assurance by michael

“Mr Justice Bean refused to amend the protective costs order (PCO) granted earlier this month by Mr Justice Ouseley, which at £150,000 was 10 times greater than that the four claimants – who are supported by the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) – had sought.”

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Legal Futures, 31st October 2013

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NHS complaints review set to report – BBC News

“A government-backed review into how the NHS in England handles complaints is set to publish its conclusions later.”

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BBC News, 28th October 2013

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Society backs challenge to advocacy quality scheme – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 24th, 2013 in barristers, judicial review, Law Society, news, quality assurance by tracey

“The Law Society was today granted permission to intervene in the judicial review of the Legal Services Board’s approval of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd October 2013

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Ofsted fairness standards graded inadequate – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

“The Care Quality Commission has made headlines recently with the focus on inadequacies in its processes as a regulator and its failure to spot sub-standard and even dangerous levels of care. Its fellow regulator Ofsted, however, is more likely to be accused of being over – rather than under – zealous, but its approach has been subject to far less scrutiny.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 18th October 2013

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

BSB issues statement after Twitter confusion over judicial review costs – The Lawyer

“The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has issued a statement about the costs of a judicial review into the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) following widespread outrage and confusion on Twitter.”

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The Lawyer, 11th October 2013

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Related link: Bar Standards Board Statement on costs and the judicial review of QASA

QASA claimants granted costs cap – but at 10 times the level they wanted – Legal Futures

“The High Court has capped the costs exposure of the four barristers bringing a judicial review against the Legal Services Board (LSB) over the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) – but at a level 10 times the one they had proposed.”

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Legal Futures. 10th October 2013

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

High Court gives green light to QASA judicial review – Legal Futures

“Criminal barristers were yesterday given permission to pursue their judicial review against the Legal Services Board over the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA).”

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Legal Futures, 8th October 2013

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CQC official Anna Jefferson cleared over ‘cover-up’ – BBC News

Posted October 4th, 2013 in health, hospitals, news, quality assurance, reports by sally

“One of the officials at England’s health regulator accused of a cover-up has been cleared of wrong-doing in an internal inquiry.”

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BBC News, 3rd October 2013

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Barristers quit BSB prosecutors panel in QASA protest – Legal Futures

Posted September 24th, 2013 in barristers, costs, news, quality assurance by sally

“A number of barristers have resigned from the Bar Standards Board’s prosecutor panel in protest at the imminent launch of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA).”

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Legal Futures, 24th September 2013

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BSB presses ahead with QASA preparations despite judicial review – Legal Futures

Posted September 17th, 2013 in barristers, costs, judicial review, news, quality assurance by sally

“The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has pledged to continue with preparations for the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) notwithstanding the judicial review against the scheme launched last week.”

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Legal Futures, 17th September 2013

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Criminal barristers seek judicial review of LSB over QASA – Legal Futures

Posted September 10th, 2013 in barristers, judicial review, Legal Services Board, news, quality assurance by tracey

“A long-awaited judicial review of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) has been launched by criminal law barristers against the Legal Services Board (LSB).”

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Legal Futures, 9th September 2013

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Time to judge the judges, says leading peer – Litigation Futures

Posted September 9th, 2013 in complaints, judiciary, news, ombudsmen, quality assurance by tracey

“The time has arrived to create a ‘small’ inspectorate – led by a High Court judge – that will evaluate judges’ courtroom performance, Lord Carlile QC has argued.”

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Litigation Futures, 9th September 2013

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

QASA Handbook and podcast launched – Bar Standards Board

“The essential guide to the QASA process has been launched by the Bar Standards Board today [21 August].”

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Bar Standards Board, 21st August 2013

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk