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Lord Chief Justice calls for codification of criminal law

The Lord Chief Justice has revived Lord Bingham’s call for criminal law to be codified in a single document. Among the arguments put forward by Lord Thomas were there were fewer criminal law specialists as expertise was “increasingly diverted elsewhere”.

July 8th, 2016 | No Comments »

Solicitor admits breaking professional rules to help get murderer convicted

A former partner in a criminal law firm has described how he deliberately broke professional rules to get a murderer convicted. Steve Chittenden said: “The dilemma is between the rules and natural justice.”

January 12th, 2016 | 3 Comments »

Leading solicitor launches ‘first app to digitise work of criminal lawyers’

A criminal law firm has teamed up with a technology company to launch what it said is the first app to digitise the work of criminal lawyers, even when they are working offline in prisons or police stations.

April 7th, 2015 | No Comments »

First ABS attached to a barristers’ chambers launched in Liverpool

Liverpool-based 7 Harrington Street Chambers has launched what is believed to be the first alternative business structure attached to a barristers’ chambers. It opened for business last week, with three barristers and 7HS practice director as its directors.

February 19th, 2015 | No Comments »

Exclusive: Stobart Barristers reaches the end of the road

Stobart Barristers – the most controversial new business of the Legal Services Act era to date – will no longer provide legal advice to the public, Legal Futures can reveal.

May 15th, 2014 | No Comments »

Bar Council sets sights on solicitors’ advocacy ‘conflict of interest’

The Bar Council has called for strict new rules to check that criminal law solicitors are acting properly when they guide clients to in-house advocates as opposed to external counsel.

May 9th, 2014 | 2 Comments »

Review pushes criminal lawyers towards common training and smaller Bar

A future where would-be criminal law barristers train together with solicitors and work at law firms before joining a “smaller, specialist Bar” later in their careers was sketched out yesterday in the government-commissioned review of criminal advocacy.

May 8th, 2014 | No Comments »

Criminal barristers ask BSB: Are you working for the government?

Criminal law barristers have urged the Bar Standards Board to come clean on whether pressure from the government was behind its decision to launch a consultation tightening the rules on returning instructions.

May 1st, 2014 | No Comments »

Criminal solicitors’ chief tells ‘scab’ firms to “hang their heads in shame”

The chairman of the Criminal Law Solicitors Association has hit out at law firms that sought to take advantage of their rivals’ absence from court during Monday’s morning of action against the legal aid cuts.

January 9th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Criminal barristers’ earnings – a new low in government strategy

After what seems an all too brief season of peace and goodwill, hostilities between the government and criminal lawyers have rapidly resumed, and appear to have taken a more sinister turn. With a strike by criminal barristers across England and Wales looming, the Ministry of Justice chose the first working day of 2014 for a not-so-subtle pre-emptive ‘strike’ of its own by releasing figures detailing the earnings of criminal barristers in 2012/2013.

January 9th, 2014 | 4 Comments »