Archive for the 'barristers' Category

BSB gives go ahead for barristers to sue solicitors over fees – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Bar Standards Board has given the green light for the introduction of standard contractual terms that will enable barristers to sue solicitors for unpaid fees.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 5th May 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Bar Council Officers 2012 – The Bar Council

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has announced the appointment of its future Chairman and Treasurer, following election by fellow Council members.”

Full story

The Bar Council, 5th May 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Belief is not always a good thing in an advocate – The Guardian

“Objectivity could be lost when lawyers are committed to cases such as those alleging religious discrimination.”

Full story

The Guardian, 4th May 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Bar Standards Board to allow barristers to conduct litigation – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Bar Standards Board has approved proposals to regulate advocacy focused legal entities and allow barristers to conduct litigation.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd May 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Bar Standards Board to regulate entities – Bar Standards Board

“At its most recent Board meeting, the regulator of the Bar in England and Wales took the decision to regulate advocacy focussed Alternative Business Structures, Legal Disciplinary Practices and Barrister Only Entities, collectively referred to as ‘entities’. It will not extend its remit to regulate Multi-Disciplinary Practices.”

Full story

Bar Standards Board, 28th April 2011

Source: www.barstandards.org.uk

When blank blank wants a super-injunction, who does he call? – The Independent

“Richard Spearman and Hugh Tomlinson are the go-to barristers for gagging orders. Andy McSmith profiles the pair who between them are rewriting Britain’s privacy laws.”

Full story

The Independent, 30th April 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Clementi Debate: ‘Does CPD make better barristers?’ – Bar Standards Board

“In anticipation of our consultation on Continuing Professional Development and the joint review of legal education, this year’s Clementi Debate will be discussing the future of CPD for barristers in the context of professional training as a whole.”

Full story

Bar Standards Board, 21st April 2011

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Lawcast 183: Nichola Higgins, Chairman of The Young Barristers Committee on the new CPS panel – Career at the Criminal Bar – Legal aid issues – Charon WC

“Today I am talking to Nichola Higgins, Chairman of the Young Barristers Committee. On the 30th March of this year, the CPS announced:

‘The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is today (30/3/2011) 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. The panels will be open to all barristers and solicitor advocates, and panel members will complement and work alongside CPS in-house advocates. Although the overall number of advocates on the panels will be reduced compared to the current lists, selected advocates will have more opportunity to undertake prosecution work. All current counsel lists will be abandoned when the panels commence on 1 October.’

We also looked at the broader health of the Criminal Bar, the impact of legal aid and the prospects for students contemplating a career at the Criminal Bar.”

Podcast

Charon QC, 21st April 2011

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

We welcome report on vulnerable witness handling – Bar Standards Board

“We have welcomed a report by the Advocacy Training Council entitled ‘Raising the Bar: Handling of vulnerable witnesses, victims and defendants in court’.”

Full press release

Bar Standards Board, 14th April 2011

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

The era of the high-rolling criminal barrister is over – The Guardian

“A handful of criminal barristers still make big money, but the rest may have to diversify if they want to eat.”

Full story

The Guardian, 14th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Murder cases given just one prosecutor as CPS pressured to cut costs – The Guardian

“Barristers and victim support groups have expressed concerns that in some murder trials, including forthcoming cases involving multiple defendants, the Crown Prosecution Service is instructing a single counsel for the prosecution.”

Full story

The Guardian, 13th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lawcast 181: Baroness Deech, Chair of The Bar Standards Board on legal education and the regulation of the profession – Charon QC

“Today I am talking to Baroness Deech, an academic lawyer, former Principal of St Anne’s College Oxford, and a bioethicist. Most noted for chairing the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), from 1994 to 2002, Lady Deech sits as a Crossbench peer in the House of Lords (since 2005) and, since 2009, Chair of The Bar Standards Board ”

Podcast

Charon QC, 8th April 2011

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

Bar Council Holds Inaugural ‘Bar Debate’: “Bang ‘Em Up Britain”: Are We Taking A Rational Approach To Sentencing Policy? – The Bar Council

“The iconic Court One of the Old Bailey will this evening play host to the inaugural ‘Bar Debate’, arranged by the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales.”

Full story

The Bar Council, 7th April 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Sumption delays Supreme Court elevation to act in oligarch case – The Lawyer

“Brick Court silk Jonathan Sumption QC is to act as lead counsel for Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich in his legal showdown with rival Boris Berezovsky, delaying his expected appointment to the Supreme Court.”

Full story

The Lawyer, 6th April 2011

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Bar Council Establishes CLAF Group in Response to Proposed Jackson Reforms – The Bar Council

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has today established a working group to explore the viability of a Contingency Legal Aid Fund (CLAF) in the wake of the Government’s response to its consultation on civil litigation costs.”

Full press release

The Bar Council, 1st April 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Bar Chairman: We Will Continue to Make Case on Effect of Cuts – The Bar Council

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has pledged to continue to make the case on the effect of legal aid cuts, as the Justice Select Committee announced its response to Government proposals.”

Full press release

The Bar Council, 31st March 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Update from the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Bar Council – The Bar Council

“None of us, at the self-employed or employed Bar, has escaped the consequences of the coalition Government’s measures to reduce the national deficit. But the publicly funded Bar is bearing the brunt of cuts in public expenditure. This follows the cuts in legal aid announced by the last Government and the proposals for radical change in the publicly funded legal services market, the subject of recent consultation by the Ministry of Justice. We wanted to give you a short update on developments which affect so many practitioners and indeed the future of the Bar as a whole.”

Full press release

The Bar Council, 29th March 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Possible changes to the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) regulations – Bar Standards Board

“The SRA Board has approved changes to the QLTS Regulations which, if approved by the Legal Services Board, will put part-time students who began their BVC in 2009 in the same position as full-time 2009 BVC students, with regard to qualifying via the QLTR.”

Full story

Bar Standards Board, 24th March 2011

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Legal advice ‘too expensive’ warns bar regulator’s chair – Law Society’s Gazette

“Legal advice is ‘too expensive’ and has ‘moved out of reach of the middle classes,’ the chair of the Bar Standards Board said this week.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd March 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Bar Barometer: statistical report – Bar Standards Board

“The BSB and Bar Council have issued the first Bar Barometer publication, an annual report on statistical trends within the Bar. The Bar Barometer focuses on figures relating to the profile of the profession and those in the training stages over the past five years.”

Bar Barometer (statistical report)

Bar Standards Board, 22nd March 2011

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Become a Barrister: Bar Council and Inns of Court Launch New Careers Website – The Bar Council

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, along with the four Inns of Court, has today launched a new careers website to provide a range of accessible information to school and university students. ‘Become a barrister’ (www.become-a-barrister.com) is a new portal for anyone interested in a career at the Bar and includes a series of films and case studies aimed at demystifying entry to the profession.”

Full story

The Bar Council, 22nd March 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Bar Standards Board pushes back introduction of BPTC aptitude test – Legal Week

“The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has confirmed a new timetable for the introduction of an aptitude test for the Bar Vocational Training Course (BPTC).”

Full story

Legal Week, 18th March 2011

Source: www.legalweek.com

New timetable for the introduction of the Aptitude Test – Bar Standards Board

“The Bar Standards Board, the regulator of barristers in England and Wales, has issued a new timetable for the introduction of an Aptitude Test for the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).”

Full press release

Bar Standards Board, 18th March 2011

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Silk round 2011 – reaction and the chambers perspective – Legal Week

“Three sets of barristers’ chambers will each gain four new queen’s counsel (QC) next month as part of a 2011 silk round that saw applicants enjoy the highest success rate since 1995.”

Full story

Legal Week, 16th March 2011

Source: www.legalweek.com

Bar Council survey of chambers managers – The Bar Council

“The Bar Council has developed a working group to consider whether it is desirable for clerks and chambers managers to be integrated more formally into the representative work of the Bar Council, and if it is desirable, how this should be implemented. We are therefore interested to learn more about chambers employees, particularly those with responsibility for chambers management, including clerks and practice managers.”

Full story

The Bar Council, 16th March 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Queen’s counsel: the merits of giving the best advocates a badge of excellence – The Guardian

“The increase in the proportion of women and ethnic minorities on the new Queen’s counsel list is something the Ministry of Justice should celebrate.”

Full story

The Guardian, 2nd March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

BSB praised in LSB report – Bar Standards Board

“The regulator of the Bar in England and Wales has been praised by the Legal Services Board in its latest report entitled ‘First-tier complaints handling, Implementation – Progress Review.’”

Full story

Bar Standards Board, 1st March 2011

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

International Criminal Practice Seminar, 9th March – The Bar Council

“This event is aimed at criminal practitioners, clerks and practice managers who are interested in learning about how to expand their criminal practices internationally. The seminar will be Chaired by Peter Lodder QC, Chairman of the Bar Council and will feature a panel of speakers who will talk briefly on areas of international criminal work, regional opportunities and practical strategies for involvement.”

Full story

The Bar Council, 25th February 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

From Law Undergraduate to Professional Practitioner – Bar Standards Board

From Law Undergraduate to Professional Practitioner (presentation)

Baroness Deech, Derek Wood QC, Dr John Carrier, Dr Valerie Shrimplin.

Bar Standards Board, 28th January 2011

Source: www.slideshare.net

#Without Prejudice – The Law Podcast 1: Assange, EAW, British Bill of Rights, Oversupply of lawyers and Silk – Charon QC

“We covered a great deal of ground in this first episode of this round the table podcast: Assange verdict on extradition, European Arrest Warrants – The British Bill of Rights and the ECHR – The oversupply of lawyers …and we even had time to consider Garrow’s Law and Silk the BBC tv dramas on law and lawyers.”

Podcast

Charon QC, 24th February 2011

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

Making the would-be barristers of tomorrow face harsh realities of today – The Guardian

“A conference on the future of legal education debates curbing the ambitions of law schools as only one in eight graduates becomes a lawyer.”

Full story

The Guardian, 24th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Bar leaders warn of impact of tuition hikes on diversity – Legal Week

“Leading figures at the Bar including former Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer, Bar council chairman Nicholas Green QC and chair of the Bar Standards Board Baroness Ruth Deech have called for the Bar to take action to improve diversity in anticipation of hikes in university tuition fees.”

Full story

Legal Week, 24th February 2011

Source: www.legalweek.com

Professional Practice Committee guidance on the Provision of Services Regulations 2009 – The Bar Council

“Guidance for barristers produced by the Professional Practice Committee of the Bar Council on the Provision of Services Regulations 2009 (the ‘Regulations’) has been sent to all Heads of Chambers this week.”

Full story

The Bar Council, 22nd February 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Why is law such a fertile ground for drama? – BBC News

“As a former barrister, writer Peter Moffat has witnessed for real the drama of a courtroom. He returns to his legal roots in new BBC drama Silk.”

Full story

BBC News, 22nd February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

The National Pro Bono Centre Question Time Debate – The Bar Council

“Following on from the 2010 LawWorks event “Legal Aid after the Election”, the National Pro Bono Centre is delighted to give notice of the second Legal Aid Question Time. Panel members will include key representatives from the main political parties and from the representative professional bodies. The audience will include lawyers from all practice areas, members of the advice sector and other key legal aid stakeholders.”

Full story

The Bar Council, 21st February 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Keir Starmer QC’s speech on Equality and Diversity – Bar Standards Board

“Did you miss our conference on our proposals for new Equality and Diversity Conduct and Practising rules? If so, find out what Keir Starmer QC had to say.”

Full speech

Bar Standards Board, 16th February 2011

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Legal Aid Cuts Will Cost More Than They Save: Barristers’ Body Warns That Increase in ‘DIY Justice’ Will Gridlock Courts – The Bar Council

“A forensic examination of the Government’s Green Paper on legal aid, carried out by the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has found that proposals by the Ministry of Justice to cut legal aid could end up costing rather than saving taxpayers’ money, with a devastating effect on access to justice.”

Full story

The Bar Council, 14th February 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

My legal hero: Dr Ivy Williams – The Guardian

“Dr Ivy Williams was a true pioneer – the first woman to be called to the bar and the first to teach law at an English university.”

Full story

The Guardian, 10th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Bar Council updates Prepare for Change guidance – The Bar Council

“Bar Council updates Prepare for Change guidance.”

Full story

The Bar Council, 2nd February 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

How the self-employed criminal bar intends to compete with solicitors – Law Society’s Gazette

“There are probably about 5,000 self-employed barristers and 1,000 higher court advocates active in criminal defence work. While the number of firms has dwindled substantially in the last few years, the number of barristers has increased, notwithstanding the fact that the work has diminished, mainly through the Crown Prosecution Service taking 25% of it in-house.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 27th January 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

New Code of Conduct for the Bar now out to consultation – Bar Standards Board

“The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has published its final consultation paper on the proposed new Code of Conduct for the Bar.”

Full press release

Bar Standards Board, 20th January 2011

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Firms set to be forced to publish diversity data – Law Society’s Gazette

“Law firms and barristers’ chambers will be forced to publish data about the diversity of their legal staff, under plans unveiled by the Legal Services Board today.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 15th December 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.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.”

Full story

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.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd December 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Fundamental Change in requirement for barristers to notify directly clients of their right to make a complaint – The Bar Council

“The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has recently issued guidance on dealing with complaints made to chambers and sole practitioners.”

Full press release

The Bar Council, 25th November 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Election for the 2011 Bar Council: Results – The Bar Council

Cick here to view the election results for the 2011 Bar Council.

The Bar Council, 22nd November 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Respond to our equality and diversity consultation – Bar Standards Board

“The Bar Standards Board has issued a consultation on the revision of its equality and diversity rules.”

Full consultation

Bar Standards Board, 18th November 2010

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Bar owner cleared of GBH faces £9,000 legal bill after court refuses to pay for his top QC – Daily Telegraph

“An innocent businessman faces a £9,000 legal bill after judges ruled that the taxpayer should not have to pay for the leading criminal barrister who defended him.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 18th November 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Legal aid cuts are a brutal shrinkage of justice – The Guardian

“The scope of Kenneth Clarke’s mooted reforms is breathtaking, and the legal aid cuts introduced as part of this process are brutal. A raft of reforms, from criminal justice right the way through to the funding of clinical negligence claims, are now up in the air.”

Full story

The Guardian, 15th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Law Fairs – The Bar Council

“Representatives of the Bar Council and the Inns of Court have been and will be meeting hundreds of students at 22 university careers fairs between October and December 2010, throughout England and Wales.”

Full story

The Bar Council, 10th November 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.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

Post-CSR Legal Aid Notice from the Bar Council – The Bar Council

“Following today’s (20 October) statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the Comprehensive Spending Review, we have spoken with Jonathan Djanogly, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice, about the Ministry’s contribution to reducing the deficit.”

Full story

The Bar Council, 20th October 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Bar regulator introduces monitoring scheme – Bar Standards Board

“The BSB is launching a scheme to monitor all chambers and sole practitioners. This is following a successful pilot scheme that took place in 2008.”

Full story

Bar Standards Board, 18th October 2010

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Bar Council Calls for Access to Justice in an Age of Austerity – The Bar Council

“Speaking at two fringe meetings at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, the Chairman-Elect of the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, Peter Lodder QC, will stress the importance of the legal profession working with Government to maintain access to justice, despite forthcoming budget cuts. He will also call on the Government to ensure that any reforms to the legal aid system maintain high quality representation for all those eligible to receive it, particularly the most vulnerable members of society.”

Full story

Bar Council, 4th October 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Attorney general eases up on bar diversity stats – The Lawyer

“The attorney general’s office has dropped demands on bar members of the Treasury Solicitor Panel of Counsel to disclose equality and diversity credentials.”

Full story

The Lawyer, 4th October 2010

Source: www.thelawyer.com


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