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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QC appointments remain male dominated, but women who apply more likely to succeed – Litigation Futures

Posted January 4th, 2018 in barristers, equality, news, queen's counsel, women by sally

‘Only 18% of applicants for silk this year were women, but they were far more likely to be appointed than men, it has emerged as 119 new QCs were named today.’

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Litigation Futures, 21st December 2017

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Time to end solicitor-bar divide, first female solicitor QC says – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 22nd, 2017 in legal profession, news, queen's counsel, solicitor advocates by sally

‘England and Wales’ first female solicitor advocate QC is set to also become the first to dual qualify as both a solicitor and barrister. June Venters, who was made QC in 2006, will be called to the bar by Middle Temple on Thursday.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 21st November 2017

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The Bar has confounded critics and doomsayers for decades – The Bar Council

Posted November 6th, 2017 in barristers, diversity, legal profession, news, queen's counsel, speeches by tracey

‘The Bar has confounded decades of critics and doomsayers through fearlessness and competition for excellence, Chair of the Bar Andrew Langdon QC told the 32nd Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference today.’

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The Bar Council, 4th November 2017

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Give the next generation of women a hand up, QC urges female barristers – Legal Futures

Posted October 9th, 2017 in barristers, equality, lectures, news, queen's counsel, women by sally

‘Female barristers need to actively encourage and mentor the next generation of women at the Bar amid the continuing difficulties of achieving equality, a leading silk said last week.’

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Legal Futures, 9th October 2017

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Top QCs set to escape price publishing regime – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 3rd, 2017 in barristers, competition, fees, news, publishing, queen's counsel by sally

‘QCs instructed in major cases would be exempt from publishing prices under plans set out by the Bar Standards Board today, though the regulator has recommended that the new rules go further than originally proposed by the competition watchdog.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 2nd October 2017

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Women lawyers “more risk averse” about applying for QC – Legal Futures

Posted September 25th, 2017 in barristers, news, queen's counsel, women by sally

‘A report from the body that oversees Queen’s Counsel appointments has recommended a raft of changes to encourage women to apply and bring the numbers of female silks nearer to the proportion eligible in the profession.’

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Legal Futures, 25th September 2017

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Mail on Sunday censured for ‘misleading’ attack on top QC – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 8th, 2017 in barristers, complaints, media, news, professional conduct, queen's counsel by sally

‘The independent press regulator has ruled in favour of a leading QC after she complained about an article which appeared in the Mail on Sunday.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 7th August 2017

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UK child abuse inquiry: three Catholic schools ‘should form case study’ – The Guardian

‘Three prominent Benedictine boarding schools – Ampleforth, Downside and Worth – should be examined as a combined case study for the UK child sex abuse investigation into the Catholic church, a preliminary hearing has been told.’

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The Guardian, 6th June 2017

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Who gets Silk 2016-17? – Counsel

Posted February 23rd, 2017 in diversity, equality, legal profession, news, queen's counsel by sally

‘David Wurtzel reveals the story behind the statistics in this year’s Silk list and Abigail Bright imparts sage career advice from an expert panel of women QCs.’

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Counsel, March 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Tax barrister plans to take Uber to court over alleged £20m black hole – The Guardian

‘A leading tax lawyer is planning to challenge Uber in the courts over what he alleges could be a £20m-a-year black hole in its tax payments in the UK.’

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The Guardian, 21st February 2017

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Leading terror trial QC to be counter-terror laws watchdog – The Guardian

Posted February 21st, 2017 in freedom of expression, legislation, news, queen's counsel, terrorism by sally

‘Max Hill QC, a leading prosecutor in many of the most serious terrorism trials, has been named the new independent reviewer of terrorism legislation.’

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The Guardian, 20th February 2017

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QC body to probe why more women are not applying – Legal Futures

Posted January 13th, 2017 in minorities, news, queen's counsel, statistics, women by tracey

‘The body that appoints QCs has commissioned research to uncover barriers which deter women from applying, after they made up 27.6% of the latest batch of silks – but this was the highest proportion ever.’

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Legal Futures, 13th January 2017

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Junior advocates lose out to QCs in new fees regime – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 6th, 2017 in advocacy, barristers, fees, news, queen's counsel by tracey

‘The Law Society has criticised the Ministry of Justice’s proposals for reforming advocacy fees, warning that junior barristers and solicitor-advocates will lose out while QCs enjoy a pay hike.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 5th January 2017

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