Discrimination the “sole cause” of paucity of Black QCs – Legal Futures

‘Discrimination is the “sole identifiable cause” for the paucity of Black barristers, particularly at QC level, a co-chair of the Bar Council’s race working group has argued.’

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Legal Futures, 26th July 2021

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Court scolds QC but decides against referring him to BSB – Legal Futures

Posted July 9th, 2021 in barristers, brexit, judicial review, news, queen's counsel by michael

‘A QC who misused the urgent applications procedure for a Brexit-related judicial review has been ticked off by the Divisional Court but escaped being referred to the Bar Standards Board (BSB).’

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Legal Futures, 9th July 2021

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Junior barristers’ win rates almost on par with QCs, say researchers – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 9th, 2021 in advocacy, barristers, news, queen's counsel, statistics by michael

‘Queen’s Counsel do not win significantly more cases than junior barristers when they are pitted against each other in court, research by a litigation analytics company has found.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 9th July 2021

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Changing the picture: diversity at silk level – Counsel

‘Exclusive statistical analysis: Barbara Mills QC outlines how the deeply unhelpful, homogenous BAME acronym is masking the true extent and systemic nature of the Bar’s diversity problem.’

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Counsel, July 2021

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QC: Menopause “made me feel I was losing my mind” – Legal Futures

Posted June 17th, 2021 in barristers, mental health, news, queen's counsel, women by sally

‘A QC has described how going through an early menopause at the age of 37 made her feel she was “losing her mind” and left her a “hair’s breadth away” from leaving the Bar.’

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Legal Futures, 17th June 2021

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QC’s opinion “crudely altered” to mislead third party, court finds – Legal Futures

‘A QC’s opinion was dishonestly altered to reassure a third party charged with marketing an investment scheme that eventually collapsed, the High Court has found.’

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Legal Futures, 7th April 2021

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Research lays bare gender disparities in publicly funded advocacy – Legal Futures

Posted January 5th, 2021 in barristers, equality, legal aid, news, queen's counsel, remuneration, reports, women by sally

‘There are “significant gender disparities” in barristers’ access to work and pay across both criminal and civil publicly funded work, research by a circuit judge has found.’

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Legal Futures, 5th January 2021

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Significant leap in number of women applying for silk – Legal Futures

‘Some 116 new QCs were named yesterday, with the appointment body revealing that more women applied for silk this year and the majority were successful – unlike men.’

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Legal Futures, 17th December 2020

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Inability to find a QC “not good reason” for arbitration no-show – Litigation Futures

Posted July 15th, 2020 in arbitration, barristers, legal representation, news, queen's counsel by tracey

‘A High Court judge has said there was no reason “at all” why a defendant in a €20m arbitration had to use the Bar and being unable to find counsel at short notice was not a good reason not to participate in the hearing.’

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Litigation Futures, 15th July 2020

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Absence of shielding QC “does not make in-person hearing unfair” – Legal Futures

‘A QC’s inability to attend court in person because she is shielding, unlike the other counsel in a case, will not make the hearing unfair, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 10th June 2020

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QC’s £1.5m brief fee for nine months’ work “reasonable” – Litigation Futures

Posted June 9th, 2020 in barristers, costs, fees, news, queen's counsel by sally

‘The Senior Costs Judge has approved a £1.5m brief fee for a leading QC who worked on a “titanic” commercial dispute almost exclusively for nine months.’

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Litigation Futures, 8th June 2020

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“Release QC money” to support Bar during Covid-19 – Legal Futures

‘The Public Access Bar Association (PABA) has urged the Bar Council to call in its share of the surplus held by QC Appointments (QCA) to support barristers struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.’

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Legal Futures, 14th April 2020

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Who gets silk? 2019 – Counsel

Posted February 20th, 2020 in barristers, diversity, news, queen's counsel, statistics by sally

‘Celebrating the 114 new silks – plus forensic analysis of the 2019 cohort and what it says about equality of opportunity in the profession and health of the Bar –by David Wurtzel.’

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Counsel, February 2020

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

No shift in demographics as 114 new QCs are named – Litigation Futures

Posted January 20th, 2020 in barristers, diversity, equality, news, queen's counsel, women by sally

‘Some 114 new QCs were appointed yesterday, with the statistics showing little change in the demographics of the 258 who applied, of whom just a fifth were women.’

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Litigation Futures, 17th January 2020

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Barrister blogger attacks colleagues for “being prats on social media” – Legal Futures

Posted January 9th, 2020 in barristers, internet, news, professional conduct, queen's counsel by tracey

‘A leading barrister blogger has blasted her own colleagues at the Bar for “being prats on social media” who “trash our reputation”.’

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Legal Futures, 9th January 2020

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QC appointment reforms aim to help women apply – Legal Futures

Posted December 17th, 2018 in barristers, consultations, diversity, equality, news, queen's counsel, women by sally

‘Changes to the QC appointment regime aimed to help women apply for silk are to be introduced for the 2019 round, the body in charge of the scheme has announced.’

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Legal Futures, 17th December 2018

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Criminal barristers attack “counterproductive” QC reforms – Legal Futures

Posted October 18th, 2018 in barristers, diversity, news, queen's counsel by sally

‘Proposed changes to the system for appointing QCs are “too onerous” and “potentially counterproductive in addressing issues of diversity”, the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 18th October 2018

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QCs should keep title unless disbarred, Bar Council says – Legal Futures

Posted August 8th, 2018 in barristers, disciplinary procedures, news, queen's counsel by tracey

‘QCs should not lose their designation unless they are excluded from the profession and even then not automatically, the Bar Council has said.’

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Legal Futures, 8th August 2018

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Solicitors shouldn’t go cap in hand to judges for QC status – Law Society – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 6th, 2018 in news, queen's counsel, solicitors by sally

‘Applicants for QC status should not have to approach a judge for a favourable reference, the Law Society has said, suggesting that providing a list of substantial cases they had acted in would help remove the ’apparent bias’ against solicitor advocates. It was responding to a consultation by QC Appointments (QCA) on improving the appointments process to the historic rank.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 6th August 2018

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‘I began my career as a single mum’: female QCs changing the face of law – The Guadian

Posted January 22nd, 2018 in barristers, diversity, equality, news, queen's counsel, women by sally

‘Just 32 women are among this year’s 119 new QCs, but they hope their success will inspire others.’

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The Guardian, 19th January 2018

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