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Reprimand and fine for barrister who admitted talking to jurors after trial

A barrister who admitted that he had talked to jurors at Basildon Railway Station after a trial has been reprimanded and fined £300 by a Bar disciplinary tribunal. Mohammed Omar Faruk said the incident was unintentional.

November 25th, 2015 | No Comments »

BSB promises action after report finds “highly variable” standards of youth court advocacy

The Bar Standards Board has accepted in principle all the recommendations of a hard-hitting report which found “highly variable” standards of advocacy in the youth courts. Only 52% of advocates thought they had sufficient knowledge of the youth justice system to do their job properly.

November 20th, 2015 | No Comments »

Suspension for barrister who appeared in court without practising certificate

A Bar disciplinary tribunal has suspended barrister Martin Wynne Jones for three months for representing clients in court without a practising certificate, while disciplinary action has also been taken against a barrister who falsely claimed to have a law degree, and another who made false declarations about criminal convictions.

November 13th, 2015 | No Comments »

Insisting on a 2:1 degree for barristers “could discriminate against BAME students”

Insisting on an upper second class degree for future barristers could impose a “discriminatory burden” on BAME students, who are less likely to obtain them, a leading academic has argued in response to a Bar Standards Board consultation that raises the possibility.

October 29th, 2015 | No Comments »

Diversity, cash flow, referral fees and fraud – an anatomy of the problems afflicting chambers

Widespread failure to comply with diversity rules, cash-flow problems, disguised referral fees and fraud have all been revealed in a Bar Standards Board report on “high impact” chambers. Few chambers also bothered to get feedback from lay clients.

October 23rd, 2015 | No Comments »

Putting the cab into the cab-rank rule: BSB fines barrister over taxi firm conviction

A barrister convicted by a magistrates’ court of failing to get licenses for his taxi firm has been fined £600 by the Bar Standards Board. Ahtiq Raja was sole director of taxi firm Call a Cab Limited. Until last month, he was based at 9 King’s Bench Walk.

October 7th, 2015 | No Comments »

“Many parts of the Bar are in severe pain,” acknowledges BSB chair

The present model for delivering justice in the criminal, family and immigration courts has become “increasingly challenged” and “many parts of the Bar are in severe pain”, the chair of the Bar Standards Board has said. Sir Andrew Burns said he wanted the BSB to become much more of a risk-based regulator.

October 6th, 2015 | No Comments »

BSB-regulated entities reach 32, with pro bono and solicitor-run start-ups

A Bar Standards Board-regulated entity that challenges unlawful detention is to put on free immigration advice clinics, including one at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre. Meanwhile, a north-west BSB entity run by two solicitors hopes to expand its boutique family law practice into overseas private client work.

October 1st, 2015 | No Comments »

Barrister and solicitor set up groundbreaking BSB-regulated firm

A barrister and solicitor have chosen the Bar Standards Board (BSB) to regulate their niche firm that specialises in defending teachers and other professionals in disciplinary actions. It is understood to be the first firm consisting of a barrister and solicitor to become a BSB entity.

September 9th, 2015 | No Comments »

Barrister sets up BSB-regulated firm to work for City solicitors

A barrister has set up a limited company, regulated by the Bar Standards Board, to work as a consultant for a leading City law firm. Jane Walshe said she was the first barrister to be authorised to work in this way.

September 4th, 2015 | 1 Comment »