BSB makes unprecedented public apology to QC over investigation failures

Khawar Qureshi QC

The Bar Standards Board issued an unprecedented public apology to a QC yesterday for the errors and delays it made in clearing him of misconduct. Welcoming the move, Khawar Qureshi QC outlined concerns about the potential for abuse of the BSB process to unfairly attack barristers.

September 20th, 2017

Change in disciplinary standard of proof “will incentivise barristers to deliver good services”, says consumer panel

Dr Jane Martin

The Legal Services Consumer Panel has given strong backing to the Bar Standards Board’s proposal to reduce the standard of proof in disciplinary proceedings from the criminal to the civil standard. “[It] will be fairer on consumers, and it may act as a positive incentive for barristers to deliver good services,” the panel said.

September 12th, 2017

Paralegal who pretended to be a barrister to defraud cancer-sufferer jailed for eight years

Michael Cremin

A paralegal who pretended to be a barrister with several people, including a terminal cancer sufferer he tricked out of her life savings, has been sent to jail for eight years. The police described him as “a fantasist and vindictive when challenged”. He also falsely claimed to have a law degree from the University of London.

August 24th, 2017

Lawyers face prosecution threat over financial sanctions compliance

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Lawyers are among those who could face prosecution if they fail to report information that could undermine UK financial sanctions, after a change to the law that came into force this week. “Independent legal professionals”, along with trust or company service providers, accountants and others are now captured by the European Union Financial Sanctions Regulations 2017.

August 10th, 2017

Court of Appeal tells barrister she is being “over-sensitive” with complaints about trial judge’s behaviour

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The vice-president of the Court of Appeal’s criminal division has told a barrister who complained about a trial judge that she was over-sensitive and lacked an “understanding of the role of the judge in managing a jury trial”. Lady Justice Hallett said: “We do not expect counsel to behave or react in this way.”

August 9th, 2017

IPSO orders Mail on Sunday to publish correction to report on QC’s conduct


The Mail on Sunday has been forced to publish a ruling highlighting its regulator’s serious concerns about the way it reported the conduct of a QC in a money laundering case. The newspaper was also criticised for misreporting the status of a related Solicitors Regulation Authority investigation.

August 7th, 2017

Number of barristers disbarred more than doubles, while social media misconduct grows

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The number of barristers disbarred has more than doubled, the Bar Standards Board has said, with most of the cases relating to criminal convictions. The BSB warned also that the number of complaints involving use of social media by barristers was increasing.

August 2nd, 2017

Jackson lays out plan for fixed costs with warning that it’s not his job to protect profession

Lord Justice Jackson

Lord Justice Jackson has today put forward his vision for extending fixed recoverable costs (FRC), but warned that it was not his job to protect the junior Bar or any other part of the profession in doing so. Having initially talked about introducing FRCs for all cases worth up to £250,000, Sir Rupert said today that he has not gone that far because of improvements made in costs management.

July 31st, 2017

Exclusive: Bar disciplinary tribunal panel recuses itself after barrister complains of bias


The panel of a Bar disciplinary tribunal has taken the highly unusual step of recusing itself after an allegation that it had shown actual or apparent bias against the defendant barrister, Legal Futures can reveal. The decision is the latest twist in a long-running saga involving a barrister who has twice been cleared of other allegations in the past three years.

July 25th, 2017

Barrister disbarred for not disclosing previous run-in with SRA when applying to be called

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A barrister who made failed to disclose that he had previously run a law firm shut down by the Solicitors Regulation Authority before he applied to be called to the Bar, has been disbarred. Meanwhile, the SDT has struck off a former partner at London firm Hamlins for forging and backdating six letters.

July 18th, 2017