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

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Society tells attorney general: open advocacy panels to solicitors – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 17th, 2017 in advocacy, government departments, news, solicitor advocates by sally

‘The Law Society has urged the attorney general to give a warmer welcome to solicitor advocates to carry out civil, EU and international work for the government.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 15th May 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

‘Solicitor’s agents’ yet again – no rights of audience? – Nearly Legal

‘What is more, there is updated guidance from the Bar Council to ‘unregistered barristers acting as solicitor’s agents’ (ie, barristers who have been called, even passed the BPTC, but do not have pupillage or have qualified). The effect of which is that “many individuals currently exercising rights of audience in reliance on this provision (Sch 3 Legal Services Act 2007) are at risk of contravening the Act”. Which is a potentially criminal offence.’

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Nearly Legal, 29th January 2017

Source: www.nearlylegal.co.uk

CBA chairman on solicitor-advocates: “The label matters less than the content of the bottle” – Legal Futures

Posted November 22nd, 2016 in advocacy, legal profession, news, solicitor advocates, speeches by sally

‘The chairman of the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) yesterday tried to cool emotions after former Lord Chancellor Michael Gove’s criticism of solicitor-advocates, saying that “the label matters less than the content of the bottle”.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd November 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

SRA asks: Are solicitors to blame for declining criminal advocacy standards? – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is to research this year whether standards of criminal advocacy are declining and whether solicitors are to blame. As part of the research, the SRA said it would ask judges whether solicitor and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) advocates were “working beyond their level of competence”.’

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Legal Futures, 8th January 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Remove ‘barristers’ from Victims’ Code, says Society – Law Society’s Gazette

‘‘Out-of-date’ references to barristers in a code of practice for crime victims should be amended, the Law Society has said in response to a Ministry of Justice consultation.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th August 2015

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Solicitor-advocates harming family justice – bar – Law Society’s Gazette

‘he bar has called for an independent review of advocacy in family law, over ‘a growing concern’ that an increase in the number of solicitors in conduct hearings has led to a decline in standards and ‘unjust’ outcomes.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th July 2015

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

QC status “should be extended” beyond barristers and solicitors – Legal Futures

‘QC status should be available to all advocates appearing in the higher courts, whether or not they are barristers or solicitors, the Legal Services Consumer Panel has said.’

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Legal Futures, 18th March 2015

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Bar Conference: level the advocacy playing field – barristers – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 11th, 2014 in advocacy, barristers, competition, Crown Court, news, solicitor advocates by tracey

‘The Criminal Bar Association will launch a campaign on Monday aimed at “levelling the playing field” between barristers and solicitor-advocates, who it alleges enjoy an unfair competitive advantage.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 8th November 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

A bold new vision for the treatment of victims – Ministry of Justice

‘Victims’ rights will be enshrined in law as part of a major set of reforms announced by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling today.’

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Ministry of Justice, 14th September 2014

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

Judge reprimands lawyer for dressing like ‘something out of Harry Potter’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 1st, 2014 in barristers, court dress, news, peerages & dignities, solicitor advocates by sally

‘Judge David Wynn Morgan asks the lawyer, who had been referring to himself as Lord Harley, why he was wearing colourful ribbons and badges on his robes.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th August 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Review pushes criminal lawyers towards common training and smaller Bar – Legal Futures

‘A future where would-be criminal law barristers train together with solicitors and work at law firms before joining a “smaller, specialist Bar” later in their careers was sketched out yesterday in the government-commissioned review of criminal advocacy.’

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Legal Futures, 8th May 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Fears for legal aid justice as lawyer admits ‘I can’t afford my own wig’ – The Guardian

Posted February 28th, 2014 in budgets, criminal justice, fees, legal aid, news, remuneration, solicitor advocates by sally

‘Solicitor advocate Caitriona McLaughlin fears government cuts will deter firms from taking loss-making magistrates court cases.’

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The Guardian, 27th February 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

A ton of new QCs hit the courts – Litigation Futures

Posted February 19th, 2014 in barristers, diversity, news, queen's counsel, solicitor advocates, statistics by sally

‘Exactly 100 advocates – made up of 95 barristers and five solicitors – were today named in the annual silk round.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th February 2014

Source: www.litigationfutures.co.uk

VHCC cases jeopardised by fee cuts – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 3rd, 2014 in barristers, budgets, costs, fees, fraud, legal aid, news, solicitor advocates, trials by tracey

‘Multi-million-pound fraud trials are being put in jeopardy by the Ministry of Justice’s cuts to advocates’ fees, the Gazette has learned.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd February 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Bar Standards Board extends first registration phase for QASA – Bar Standards Board

“The Bar Standards Board will extend the first QASA registration period to ensure that the Criminal Bar will have more time to consider the consequences of government changes to legal aid before registering. The end of the first registration period will now be 9 March 2014, which will be after the Ministry of Justice publishes its final response to the consultation, ‘Transforming legal aid: delivering a more credible and efficient system’.”

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Bar Standards Board, 10th May 2013

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Bar says no to plea-only advocates – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 16th, 2012 in barristers, guilty pleas, news, solicitor advocates by tracey

“The Bar Council has strongly opposed the creation of a category of ‘non-trial’ advocates in the planned advocacy accreditation scheme. The ‘plea-only’ category – originally proposed by solicitor advocates – would put the public at risk and undermine public confidence in the profession and criminal justice system, the council says in its response to the fourth and final consultation on the controversial Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA).”

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Law Society’s Gazette. 13th October 2012

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

 

Bar Standards Board’s ‘research’ is crass and deeply flawed – The Guardian

“Barristers think higher court advocates aren’t much cop. Let’s not pretend that’s a reliable indicator of their quality.”

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The Guardian, 23rd April 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Solicitor advocates dragging standards down, says BSB research – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 19th, 2012 in advocacy, news, solicitor advocates, standards by tracey

“Low rates for criminal legal aid and the growing share of work taken by solicitor advocates are contributing to a decline in advocacy standards that is harming the administration of justice, according to a survey by the Bar Standards Board. The report, Perceptions of Criminal Advocacy, showed that over three-quarters (78%) of the 762 practitioners who completed an online survey felt that standards of advocacy have declined over the past five years. However, Law Society chief executive Desmond Hudson today condemned the study as ‘deeply flawed’ and ‘self serving’.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 19th April 2012

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Perceptions of criminal advocacy report – Bar Standards Board

Posted April 19th, 2012 in advocacy, reports, solicitor advocates, standards by tracey

“We commissioned ORC International to conduct research into the frequency with which underperformance is encountered in the criminal courts.”

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Bar Standards Board, 18th April 2012

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk