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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 »

Court of Appeal: BSB official “blind to any sense of fairness” in disciplinary prosecution

The Court of Appeal has criticised in the strongest language the behaviour of an official at the Bar Standards Board responsible for “subverting the rules” on disclosure in a case that led to a barrister being disbarred.

January 21st, 2015 | 2 Comments »

‘Named and shamed’ barrister banned from public access work

Tariq Rehman, the barrister who last month became the first lawyer to be ‘named and shamed’ by the Legal Ombudsman for a series of complaints, has been banned from taking on any new public access cases for the time being.

January 13th, 2015 | No Comments »

Law Society questions value of cab-rank rule

The Law Society has responded to a Bar Standards Board call for evidence on the cab-rank rule by questioning its “operational value”. A survey of solicitors who regularly use barristers found that only one person had actually invoked the rule.

January 7th, 2015 | No Comments »