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

Competition and Markets Authority

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

BSB to launch plans for ‘barrister apprenticeships’

Vanessa Davies

The Bar Standards Board is to launch a consultation this summer setting out the rule changes it needs to implement its fiercely contested training reforms, and among them will be a new route to qualification similar to solicitor apprenticeships.

April 4th, 2017

Bar Standards Board opens its doors as ABS regulator no.5


The Bar Standards Board has today begun licensing alternative business structures (ABSs), making it the fifth body granted the power. As with its regime for lawyer-only owned entities, it will specialise in ‘advocacy focused’ ABSs.

April 3rd, 2017

“The barrister edge” – PI firm claims to be largest BSB entity to date

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A Bar Standards Board-regulated entity has acquired more than 800 clients in less than 18 months, which it claims makes it the largest in the country, by capitalising on barristers’ relatively new right to conduct litigation. It also said that having the involvement of barristers from the start of a case speeds them up.

March 31st, 2017

FOIL vice-president opts for Bar Standards Board to set up new business

Stephen Hines

A prominent solicitor-turned-barrister specialising in insurance litigation has set up a chambers under the oversight of the Bar Standards Board, which eventually will offer litigation in addition to advocacy. Stephen Hines is also the vice-chairman of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers.

March 27th, 2017

Impact of Brexit on legal services “a cause for concern”, justice committee says

Court of Justice

The justice select committee has described the impact of Brexit on legal services as “a cause for concern, but not hyberbole”, in a report published today. MPs said that maintaining cross-border legal practice rights and access to “valuable regulations” on inter-state commercial law should be two of the four main justice aims for government negotiators.

March 22nd, 2017

Public access work grows six-fold in only five years


The value of public access work carried out by barristers as a proportion of the profession’s income grew six-fold over just five years, according to new figures seen by Legal Futures. They come as a Bar Standards Board review of public access found it was working well, but had areas for improvement.

March 21st, 2017

Barristers fined for data protection breaches after case papers end up in bin and online

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A criminal law barrister whose case papers were found in bin bags has been fined by a Bar disciplinary tribunal, while the Information Commissioner’s Office has fined another barrister after a software update on her home computer placed hundreds of unencrypted client documents online.

March 16th, 2017

Bar Council warns barristers against “bending the truth” in online marketing

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The Bar Council has warned barristers about “bending the truth” when making claims on a personal or chambers website and said they must be able to support claims that they are one of the best in their field.

March 13th, 2017