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Judges should be able to decline ‘unfair’ QASA evaluations, SRA says

Judges should be able to opt out of assessing advocates under the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates if they believe it would be unfair, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has said. Despite a Supreme Court ruling in its favour last year, QASA is still to get off the ground.

January 26th, 2016 | No Comments »

LSB: criminal advocacy reforms “should not be designed around” any particular group of lawyers

It is important that government plans to enhance the quality of criminal defence advocacy in publicly funded cases “should not be designed around one particular professional group”, the Legal Services Board has warned. The comments can be read as coded concern that some of the proposals seem weighted in favour of barristers.

October 7th, 2015 | No Comments »

Supreme Court to hear QASA appeal – but rejects claim of threat to advocate independence

The barristers challenging the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates have today been granted permission to appeal to the Supreme Court. The hearing is listed for March.

February 12th, 2015 | No Comments »

QASA barristers in last throw of the dice with appeal to Supreme Court

Four criminal law barristers have appealed to the Supreme Court in their judicial review of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) – despite a costs bill which already totals £215,000, Legal Futures can reveal.

December 17th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Bar Standards Board left with £100,000 bill after QASA costs ruling

The Bar Standards Board is facing a bill for over £100,000 after the Court of Appeal ruled that there was no need for it to be separately represented at the hearing of a judicial review against the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates.

November 4th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Court of Appeal throws out QASA challenge

The Court of Appeal today comprehensively dismissed four criminal law barristers’ challenge to the Legal Services Board’s approval of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates. With the Master of the Rolls, Lord Dyson, giving the lead judgment, the court found that the scheme is lawful.

October 7th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

BSB and IPS to launch joint youth advocacy review

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) and ILEX Professional Standards (IPS) are contacting research organisations to prepare the way for an independent review of advocacy in the youth courts.

August 18th, 2014 | No Comments »

QASA challenge could cost criminal barristers £215,000

The Criminal Bar Association and circuits could face a £65,000 bill – nearly twice what they had hoped for – if their Court of Appeal bid to derail the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) fails, it has emerged.

August 11th, 2014 | No Comments »

QASA set for further delay as barristers win permission to appeal

The introduction of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) is likely to be delayed yet again after four barristers won permission to appeal against the dismissal of their judicial review application by the High Court in January.

May 12th, 2014 | No Comments »

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 »