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QASA registration timetable thrown up in air by continuing JR

The timetable for advocates to register for the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates has been thrown into chaos as a result of the continuing judicial review of its legality. Meanwhile, the Bar Standards Board has begun the search for a new chair.

April 17th, 2014 | No Comments »

More chambers criticise legal aid deal as BSB consults on returning instructions

More chambers have come out in open criticism of the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) and Bar Council’s deal with the government over legal aid last week. Meanwhile, the BSB is consulting on whether a fee cut by the Legal Aid Agency should no longer automatically entitle a barrister to return instructions.

March 31st, 2014 | 5 Comments »

QASA’s future on knife edge as advocates’ boycott holds

A tiny number of criminal advocates has so far signed up to the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA), suggesting a profession-wide boycott of the scheme is holding.

March 26th, 2014 | 2 Comments »

SDT takes wrecking ball to LSB’s review of disciplinary regimes

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has condemned the recent Legal Services Board recommendation of a civil standard of proof for use across disciplinary tribunals as “looking like a small tail wagging a large dog”.

March 17th, 2014 | No Comments »

BSB bids to put disciplinary appointments nightmare behind it with revamped regime

Three-quarters of the recommendations made by the 2012 Browne report into the disciplinary regime for barristers – sparked by irregularities over appointments to the disciplinary panels – have so far been implemented, according to a Bar Standards Board report.

March 14th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

LSB hits out at “jumble” of disciplinary regimes, but admits it can do little to improve them

The sanctions and appeals regimes of the frontline regulators are an inconsistent “jumble” of different powers that may protect lawyers rather than consumers, according to the Legal Services Board.

March 10th, 2014 | No Comments »

LSB presses on with statutory guidance forcing regulators to liberalise education and training

Statutory guidance that requires legal regulators to move away from assuming would-be lawyers have to spend a certain amount of time training before they qualify was published yesterday by the Legal Services Board.

March 5th, 2014 | No Comments »

LSB to impose controversial lay chair requirement on regulators

The frontline regulators will be required to have lay chairs in future after the Legal Services Board (LSB) pressed ahead with its controversial change to the internal governance rules.

February 20th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Legal Futures interview lands Bar Council chief in hot water with LSB

Comments made by the new Bar Council chairman in an interview with Legal Futures have led the Legal Services Board to doubt whether the Bar Council truly accepted the recent findings that it improperly influenced its regulatory arm.

February 10th, 2014 | 4 Comments »

No more getting your clerk to do it – BSB bids to improve barristers’ diversity reporting

The Bar Standards Board is set to introduce a series of measures to improve diversity reporting among barristers after the vast majority refused to answer many of the questions posed about their backgrounds.

February 4th, 2014 | 2 Comments »