To cap or not to cap, that is the question – Counsel

Posted October 5th, 2021 in barristers, legal education, news, pupillage, statistics by sally

‘There is a debate that perennially surfaces on social media and leads to animated discussion – “far too many students start the Bar course with little or no prospects of success; spending money they can ill afford; and that any given scholarship money could be used differently”. The debate can be stifled, or misdirected, by inaccurate statistics or recollections of a Bar course from a halcyon age. Fortunately, and in the best Twitter form, this debate also provides a whole host of suggested solutions.’

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Counsel, October 2021

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Black candidates least likely to find a pupillage, research finds – Legal Futures

Posted October 5th, 2021 in minorities, news, pupillage, reports, statistics by sally

‘Candidates from Black backgrounds are much less likely than other candidates to secure a pupillage, a report from the Bar Council has found.’

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Legal Futures, 5th October 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Gender pay gap at Bar has widened over past 20 years – Legal Futures

‘The income gap between male and female barristers has increased over the last 20 years, new Bar Council figures have shown.’

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Legal Futures, 4th October 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Quarter of pupillage hopefuls £50k in debt – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 4th, 2021 in barristers, coronavirus, debts, news, pupillage, statistics by tracey

‘Over a third of aspiring barristers expect to have racked up over £40,000 of debt by the time they complete pupillage, as the number of applicants competing for jobs continues to rise.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st October 2021

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Jail terms of 20+ years ‘quadruple’ in England and Wales over past decade – The Guardian

‘The number of people sentenced to more than 20 years in prison has quadrupled over the last decade, figures have shown. Given the increase in average tariff lengths handed down by courts, this figure is expected to continue to rise substantially over coming years.’

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The Guardian, 3rd October 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

Home Office resisting calls to let asylum seekers work in the UK – The Guardian

Posted October 1st, 2021 in asylum, employment, government departments, immigration, news, statistics by tracey

‘Priti Patel’s department is resisting growing demands to allow asylum seekers to work following a public intervention from her cabinet colleague Dominic Raab to say that he would be “open-minded’ about the proposal.’

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The Guardian, 30th September 2021

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30% of barristers have faced bullying, harassment and discrimination – Legal Futures

‘Nearly one in three barristers have personal experience of bullying, harassment and/or discrimination (BHD) in the past two years, Bar Council research has revealed.’

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Legal Futures, 28th September 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

At least 15 serving or former police have killed women in UK since 2009 – report – The Guardian

Posted September 29th, 2021 in domestic violence, murder, news, police, statistics, women by sally

‘Women have been killed by at least 15 serving or former police officers in the UK since 2009, new figures reveal.’

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The Guardian, 28th September 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

Seven out of 10 win benefits challenges at tribunal – BBC News

Posted September 24th, 2021 in appeals, benefits, disabled persons, government departments, news, statistics, tribunals by sally

‘Seven out of ten people who appealed in court against a decision to deny them disability benefits were successful, analysis shows.’

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BBC News, 24th September 2021

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Banks must treat victims of scams more fairly, says UK complaints body – The Guardian

Posted September 24th, 2021 in banking, complaints, consumer protection, fraud, news, ombudsmen, statistics by sally

‘Banks need to do more to treat people fairly when they are the victim of scams, according to the UK financial sector’s official complaints body, which is finding in the customer’s favour in three-quarters of such cases.’

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The Guardian, 24th September 2021

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How Will Voter ID Impact Human Rights? – Each Other

Posted September 22nd, 2021 in bills, elections, fraud, human rights, identification, news, statistics by sally

‘A new bill could prevent millions of people from being able to vote, according to a report published by the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR).’

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Each Other, 21st September 2021

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Noisy neighbours spark 67% rise in police complaints – The Guardian

Posted September 20th, 2021 in budgets, complaints, coronavirus, local government, news, noise, police, statistics by tracey

‘Police forces across England faced a sharp increase in complaints about noisy neighbours during last year’s lockdown, with claims that years of cuts have left councils struggling to deal with antisocial behaviour.’

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The Guardian, 19th September 2021

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Ministry of Justice overhaul as prison population predicted to hit nearly 100,000 – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 20th, 2021 in coronavirus, Ministry of Justice, news, police, prisons, sentencing, statistics by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is being overhauled in anticipation of a “bow wave” of more than 20,000 extra jailed criminals who will push the prison population to a post-war high of nearly 100,000 by 2026.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th September 2021

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Case backlog for EU citizens to settle in UK ‘may be cleared by Christmas’ – The Guardian

Posted September 17th, 2021 in brexit, delay, government departments, immigration, news, statistics, visas by tracey

‘New government figures suggest the backlog of applications by EU citizens and their families received by the Home Office for the post-Brexit settlement scheme could be cleared by Christmas.’

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The Guardian, 16th September 2021

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Violence against women and girls should be treated with same priority as terrorism, says watchdog – The Independent

‘“Radical” change is needed to stop an epidemic of violence against women and girls in Britain, a watchdog has found.
An inspection sparked by the killing of Sarah Everard, who was kidnapped, raped and murdered by a serving police officer, said police must prioritise protecting women as highly as counter-terrorism.’

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The Independent, 17th September 2021

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Watchdog finds ‘staggering variation’ in police use of Clare’s Law – The Guardian

Posted September 17th, 2021 in criminal justice, domestic violence, news, ombudsmen, police, statistics, violence, women by tracey

‘Clare’s Law, a scheme designed to protect unsuspecting women from new partners with a history of violence, is not being used properly by police forces, putting some women at risk of harm, a policing watchdog has warned.’

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The Guardian, 17th September 2021

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Knives in court: Rise in blades found at London family courts – BBC News

Posted September 15th, 2021 in family courts, news, offensive weapons, statistics by tracey

‘The number of large blades brought to London family courtrooms has tripled in a year, official records obtained by the BBC show.’

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BBC News, 15th September 2021

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BMA drops opposition to assisted dying and adopts neutral stance – The Guardian

Posted September 15th, 2021 in assisted suicide, bills, doctors, news, statistics, trade unions by tracey

‘The British Medical Association (BMA) has dropped its opposition to assisted dying and adopted a neutral stance on the issue.’

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The Guardian, 14th September 2021

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Inquest delays: Three-year wait for answers over death of girl, 4 – BBC News

Posted September 13th, 2021 in bereavement, children, coronavirus, delay, inquests, Ministry of Justice, news, statistics by tracey

‘A mum whose four-year-old daughter died with sepsis says waiting more than three years for her inquest has added to her grief.’

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BBC News, 12th September 2021

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Judicial review applications have continued to fall in first half of 2021: Ministry of Justice – Local Government Lawyer

‘The number of judicial review applications received in the first half of 2021 was – at 1,200 – down 16% on the same period in 2020, government data has revealed.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th September 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk