Barristers

Barrister disbarred after failing to pay share of fees to chambers

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A barrister who dishonestly failed to pay his share of chambers’ fees has been disbarred. Over two years, he failed to inform 4 Kings Bench Walk of the fees he had received for 32 public access and then dishonestly failed to pay the chambers £4,236 which he was legally liable for as a result.

May 22nd, 2017

QC reprimanded for “offensive” remarks in court about abuse victim

Howard Godfrey QC

A barrister who claims to be a “master strategist and tactician” was reprimanded last week for making “offensive” comments about a child abuse victim while her mother sat in court. He said the 16-year-old “was not a young and innocent girl” as he represented her attacker in the Court of Appeal.

May 17th, 2017

Exclusive: Barristers4U aims to sell advantages of direct access to public

Billy Bot

A new brand selling direct access barristers to the general public for consumer law matters has gone live, Legal Futures can reveal. Meanwhile, the first, basic iteration of Billy Bot, the ‘robot junior clerk’ being created by Clerksroom, has gone live.

May 12th, 2017

Tech industry specialist barrister launches BSB entity

Sophie Clifford Temple Law

A barrister who specialises in advising technology companies has launched a Bar Standards Board entity to house her employment practice, while the legal group she co-founded is poised to release a product geared to helping clients navigate European data legislation.

May 9th, 2017

Barrister with history of failing to co-operate with BSB and LeO suspended for two years

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A commercial barrister has been suspended from practice for failing to comply with an order of the Legal Ombudsman and requests from his own regulator, only two years after a series of similar findings as well as a suspension for handling client money when he should not have done.

May 8th, 2017

BSB paves way to lower standard of proof in disciplinary matters

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The Bar Standards Board has opened the way to replace the criminal standard of proof in disciplinary matters with the civil standard, in a move that could well ripple across the profession amid growing pressure to adopt the civil standard uniformly.

May 3rd, 2017

High Court rejects appeal from barrister accused of forging letters

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A barrister accused of forging client care letters has lost an appeal against his disbarment at the High Court. Mrs Justice Lang rejected Damian McCarthy’s argument that a Bar disciplinary tribunal was under pressure from the Bar Standards Board to convict him.

May 3rd, 2017

Fine for non-practising barrister who held himself out as a solicitor in court

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An unregistered barrister has been fined £1,000 by a Bar disciplinary tribunal for falsely describing himself as a solicitor and appearing in court when he did not have the right to do so. Another non-practising barrister has been disbarred, meanwhile, for stealing from her law firm employer’s petty cash and her colleagues’ handbags.

April 25th, 2017

BSB-regulated pro bono charity folds due to lack of cash and “exhaustion” of barrister founder

Ousman Noor at Yarls Wood

A Bar Standards Board-regulated charity that provided pro bono legal representation in challenging the unlawful detention of migrants and asylum seekers has been wound up just 15 months after it was authorised due mainly to problems with funding. It appears to be the first BSB entity to be dissolved.

April 7th, 2017

LSB drops plan to probe “slow progress” of female and BME lawyers to senior roles

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The Legal Services Board has dropped plans to probe why it is taking women and those from ethnic minorities so long to reach senior roles in the profession. It also rejected the Law Society’s claim that it is putting too much emphasis on promoting competition at the expense of the other regulatory objectives it is meant to uphold.

April 6th, 2017