A direct consequence of the government’s decision in May not to make any major changes to the regulatory framework for legal services is that it simultaneously fired the starting gun for the race to introduce major changes to the regulatory framework for legal services.
Mandie Lavin, the former director of the Bar Standards Board, has returned to the legal scene after being appointed the new chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).
Sir Andrew Burns, a career diplomat, has been chosen to replace Baroness Ruth Deech as chair of the Bar Standards Board (BSB) from 1 January 2015.
The Bar Standards Board has followed the Solicitors Regulation Authority and proposed that the advocacy and litigation firms it hopes to regulate later this year should have indemnity cover of at least £500,000.
The Court of Appeal is to hear a disciplinary case which led to the Bar Standards Board being accused by Lord Justice Moses of “misleading conduct”. Meanwhile, a barrister convicted of tenancy fraud has been disbarred.
The number of tenancies available for newly qualified barristers fell dramatically in the most recent year for which figures are available – but not as badly as had been feared.
Nearly one in five criminal and family barristers are considering joining alternative business structures with non-lawyer owners and four out of ten plan to apply, or are thinking of applying, for authorisation to conduct litigation, according to a major survey.
The Bar Standards Board has set itself a minimum target of 30% for diversity data collection from barristers on sexuality, religion and disability. It is also planning more work on the under-representation of women at the bar, and reports of harassment and discrimination.
A barrister who avoided paying over £77,000 in income tax and VAT was yesterday ordered to be disbarred. The five-person bar disciplinary panel found that Edward Agbaje had engaged in dishonest conduct.