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The cab-rank rule – are its days numbered?

‘The cab-rank rule is dead, long live the cab-rank principle’, or words to that effect, may be heard before too long. More than two years after the prescriptive-rule-versus-laudable-principle debate was sparked, the Bar Standards Board appears ready to consider converting the rule and its many exceptions into an outcomes-focused foundation of barristers’ practice.

April 16th, 2015 | No Comments »

Single statement of skills for solicitors and barristers “not possible”, BSB admits

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has said that producing a “common document” on the knowledge and skills required by solicitors and barristers has “not proved possible”.

April 16th, 2015 | No Comments »

BSB mulls replacing prescriptive cab-rank rule with guiding principle

The Bar Standards Board has finally published a consultation on changes to the standard contractual terms and the cab-rank rule – almost eight months later than it had originally promised.

March 30th, 2015 | No Comments »

LSB: regulators better on diversity but barristers still coy about backgrounds

More than 80% of barristers have declined to disclose information about their socio-economic backgrounds when asked to do so by their professional regulator, it has emerged.

March 27th, 2015 | No Comments »

SRA providing solicitors’ data to just one comparison website

Almost three months after the Solicitors Regulation Authority opened up its database to comparison websites, only one is actually receiving any information, it has emerged. Meanwhile the Bar Standards Board has opened its Barristers’ Register to the public.

March 11th, 2015 | 2 Comments »

LSB asks regulators to justify restrictions on in-house lawyers

Unnecessary restrictions on in-house lawyers could “impose costs and red tape, frustrate innovation and adversely affect access to justice”, the Legal Services Board has argued.

February 27th, 2015 | No Comments »

BSB eyes loosening constraints on design of both BPTC and pupillages

The Bar Standards Board has said that there is no need for the Bar Professional Training Course to be delivered as “one, integrated course”, and is also set to give chambers and employers more freedom to design pupillages.

February 23rd, 2015 | No Comments »

Nobody gets what they want as BSB “subverting the rules” case heads back to Visitors

Appeal judges have decided that a disciplinary case in which they found a Bar Standards Board official responsible for “subverting the rules” on disclosure should return to the Visitors to the Inns of Court.

February 16th, 2015 | No Comments »

BSB launches CPD pilot as it moves away from hours-based scheme

The Bar Standards Board has launched a pilot scheme to test plans to replace its hours-based CPD system with a new scheme in 2017. The pilot, launched last month, will run until March next year.

February 5th, 2015 | No Comments »

Former diplomat becomes chair of IPS as Bradley leaves CLC

Quinton Quayle, a former British ambassador to Thailand, has been appointed chair of ILEX Professional Standards. Meanwhile, the Council for Licensed Conveyancers has announced that Anna Bradley is stepping down as chair after five years.

February 3rd, 2015 | No Comments »