Archive for the 'advocacy' Category

CPS opens Advocate Panels application scheme – Crown Prosecution Service

“The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is today launching a new scheme for the delivery of prosecution services in court. All advocates undertaking prosecution work in the Crown Court (and Higher Courts) from October must be members of new, quality-controlled CPS Advocate Panels.”

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Crown Prosecution Service, 31st March 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Joint Advocacy Group analysis of QAA consultation response – Bar Standards Board

“Analysis of responses to the Joint Advocacy Group consultation paper on proposals for a quality assurance scheme for criminal advocates, is now available to view and download.”

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Bar Standards Board, 4th February 2011

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Joint independent expert advisory group – Bar Standards Board

“The Joint Advocacy Group (JAG), set up by the Bar Standards Board (BSB), Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and ILEX Professional Standards (IPS) to devise a scheme for the quality assurance of advocates, has established an independent expert advisory group to be chaired by Lord Justice Thomas.”

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Bar Standards Board, 26th January 2011

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Incoming Bar Chairman: Diversification Good For the Bar and For Its Clients – The Bar Council

“Peter Lodder QC, incoming Chairman of the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, will call for publicly funded barristers to diversify their practices, when he delivers his inaugural address to the Bar Council this evening. Lodder, takes over as Chairman of the Bar from Nicholas Green QC on 1 January 2011.”

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The Bar Council, 2nd December 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

‘Mixed practice’ warning for publicly funded barristers – Law Society’s Gazette

“Incoming Bar Council chairman Peter Lodder QC today warned publicly funded barristers to diversify or face a bleak future.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd December 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Neuberger endorses accreditation scheme – Law Society’s Gazette

“The master of the rolls has given judicial backing to the proposed quality assurance for advocates (QAA) scheme, saying judges are the ‘ultimate consumers’ of advocacy services and are well placed to assess quality.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 11th November 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Bar Council to Consult on New CPS Advocates’ Panel – The Bar Council

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, is today launching a consultation on outline proposals for revising the Crown Prosecution Service’s (CPS) process for the selection of self-employed advocates. The proposals have been drawn up following lengthy discussions between the Bar Council and CPS about the new Panel Scheme which the CPS wishes to introduce.”

Full story

The Bar Council, 3rd November 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

New advocacy proposals ‘prejudice’ solicitors – Law Society’s Gazette

“A proposed new quality assurance scheme for criminal advocates could prejudice solicitors because it places too much weight on the views of judges, an advocates’ group has warned.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th October 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Some criminal advocates ‘not up to the job’ – Law Society’s Gazette

“Research on how to assess standards of advocacy has backed up anecdotal evidence that there are problems with the quality of some criminal advocates, but found there is no significant disparity between the performance of solicitors and barristers.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th February 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Solicitors join with bar to fight plans to cut advocacy rates – Law Society’s Gazette

“The government could face legal action by the Law Society and Bar Council as the professions unite over plans to cut criminal defence advocacy rates by 23%.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 29th October 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Developments in Crown Court Advocacy – Speech by Lord Judge, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

Developments in Crown Court Advocacy (PDF)

Speech by Lord Judge, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

The Kalisher Lecture 2009, 6th October 2009

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Press Release: Attorney General welcomes analysis of CPS advocacy – Attorney General’s Office

“Press Release: Attorney General welcomes analysis of CPS advocacy.”

Full press release

Attorney General’s Office, 16th July 2009

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

The instruction of prosecution advocates in the Crown Court and payment of counsel by the CPS – HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate

“Inspectors assessed internal and external prosecuting advocates in the Crown Court. Two-thirds were fully competent, including some very good. A quarter of advocates were lacklustre. Only 7.9% were less than competent, including some very poor.”

Full press release

HMcpsi, 16th July 2009

Source: www.hmcpsi.gov.uk

A third of all prosecution advocates ‘lacklustre’ or poor, inspection says – Law Society’s Gazette

“A third of all prosecution advocates are ‘lacklustre’ or ‘less than competent’ according to a review carried out by the Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate published today.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 16th July 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Bar considers action on ‘threat’ posed by solicitor-advocates – Law Society Gazette

“The Bar Council has set up a working group to tackle what it calls unfair competition from solicitor-advocates for Crown Court work.”

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Law Society Gazette, 14th May 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Bar Council Chairman Warns of Increase in Advocacy by CPS – The Bar Council

“Speaking in Vienna, where he is today addressing the European Bar Presidents Conference, the Chairman of the Bar, Desmond Browne QC, warned of the dangers of the ever increasing quantity of advocacy work being handled in-house by the Crown Prosecution Service.”

Full press release

The Bar Council, 20th February 2009

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Family Lawyers Voice Concern at Plans to Reform Legal Support for Vulnerable Women and Children – The Bar Council

“The Bar Council and the Family Law Bar Association have expressed concern over plans, announced by the Ministry of Justice, to roll up payments to barristers and solicitors into a single advocacy fee, putting at risk effective access to justice for those who need most protection.”

Full press release 

The Bar Council, 19th December 2008

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Bar Council chair hits out at Govt’s in-house push – The Lawyer

“Incoming Bar Council chair Desmond Browne QC has said that the Government’s plan to increase in-house advocacy will have a ­detrimental effect on the self-employed bar.”

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The Lawyer, 15th December 2008

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Too many solicitors are no good in court, say barristers – The Times

“A furious row has erupted with barristers blaming solicitors for what they say are appalling standards of advocacy in criminal trials.”

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The Times, 3rd November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Bar Council and CPS agree Protocol on Performance Issues – The Bar Council

“The Bar Council and the CPS have agreed a procedure for handling CPS/BAR Performance Issues in relation to advocacy.”

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The Bar Council, 25th September 2008

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Sir Ken Macdonald: ‘We are determined to do more ourselves’ – The Times

“It is a classic case of poacher- turned-gamekeeper — or in the case of Sir Ken Macdonald, perhaps the other way round. The Director of Public Prosecutions has embarked on a programme of taking on Crown Court trials — the stomping ground of his profession, the Bar. Instead of paying millions a year to private practice barristers, he wants more CPS advocates to take their own cases to court.”

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The Times,

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

How to . . . improve your advocacy – The Times

“One of the country’s leading criminal defence lawyers, Jim Sturman, QC, shares his tips on how to hold a courtroom.”

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The Times, 4th February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Advocacy Training Council – The Bar Council

“The third annual report of the Advocacy Training Council (ATC) marks the closing contribution of Edwin Glasgow CBE QC as Chairman.”

Full report

The Bar Council, 25th January 2008

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

The Bar is simply not getting the best brains – The Times

“So how can advocacy widen its appeal? Lord Neuberger discusses why the Inns of Court have become increasingly exclusive.”

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The Times, 27th November 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

BC Bar Standards Board Voices Doubts Over Government’s Plans For Quality Assurance in Criminal Defence Work – The Bar Council

“The Board agreed its response to the Ministry of Justice and the Legal Services Commission’s June consultation paper at its meeting last week.”

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The Bar Council, 26th September 2007

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

CPS advocates launch appeals over quality grades – Law Society’s Gazette

“Nearly 20% of external applicants for Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) advocacy work in the capital have appealed against the skills and experience grades they have been awarded as part of a new quality assurance and monitoring scheme, the Gazette has learned.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 26th July 2007

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Hearing aid – The Lawyer

“Solicitors must be given greater freedom to take their clients’ cases all the way to the High Court. By Simon Davis.”

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The Lawyer, 23rd July 2007

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Quality assurance for advocates – Ministry of Justice

“This joint Ministry of Justice / Legal Services Commission consultation seeks views on proposals to develop a quality assurance pilot scheme for all publicly funded criminal defence advocates working in the crown courts and above.  The proposals draw on discussions and workshops involving the professions and judiciary. The initial impact assessment outlines the potential impacts of the proposals.”

Consultation paper: quality assurance for advocates [CP 13/07] (PDF)

Ministry of Justice, 18th July 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Solicitor access to higher courts eased by voluntary scheme – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Solicitors Regulation Authority this week decided to remove restrictions on solicitors wanting to appear in the higher courts, replacing compulsory accreditation with voluntary assessment schemes covering criminal, civil and family advocacy.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 28th June 2007

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Quality assurance for advocates – Ministry of Justice

“This joint Ministry of Justice / Legal Services Commission consultation seeks views on proposals to develop a quality assurance pilot scheme for all publicly funded criminal defence advocates working in the crown courts and above.  The proposals draw on discussions and workshops involving the professions and judiciary.”

Quality assurance for advocates [CP 13/07]

Ministry of Justice, 22nd June 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Law firm chambers: the model setup for the 21st century or just a gimmick? – The Lawyer

“Two years on and only one firm has followed Herbert Smith into the courtroom. Nina Goswami asks why.”

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The Lawyer, 21st May 2007

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Higher rights plan backed – Law Society’s Gazette

“Advocacy should not be treated differently from other practice areas and so the requirement for solicitors to achieve an additional qualification before being permitted to exercise higher rights is unnecessary, the Law Society has said.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th April 2007

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Carter Review spurs Bar Council to assess standards – The Lawyer

“The Bar Council has kick-started a consultation into how to ensure quality of courtroom advocacy following the Carter Review.”

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The Lawyer, 16th April 2007

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Barristers may be graded on quality – The Times

“Incompetent barristers whose courtroom advocacy falls below par will be referred by judges and colleagues to a ‘remedial’ panel to bring them up to scratch, under measures proposed today. The Bar Council is also proposing a grading scheme to grade barristers who do legal aid work according to proficiency and experience.”

Full story

The Times, 10th April 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Maintaining excellence in advocacy – Bar Council consults on quality assurance – The Bar Council

“A package of measures, designed to assure the quality of courtroom advocacy, has been put out for consultation by the Bar Council, which represents 14,000 barristers in England and Wales.”

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The Bar Council, 10th April 2007

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Criminal law bar faces up to ‘solicitor threat’ – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) has launched a draft strategy paper on how to maintain its members’ position in the market in a bid to meet the ‘growing threat of unfair competition’ from solicitor higher court advocates (HCAs).”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 5th April 2007

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk


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