Regulation


Law Society and consumer panel join forces to oppose SIF closure

16 February 2022

The Law Society and Legal Services Consumer Panel have joined forces to oppose the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s plan to close the Solicitors Indemnity Fund.


Aspiring barrister subjected to “extreme discrimination” launches disability group

3 February 2022

An organisation aimed at making the Bar more accessible to disabled people and improving the diversity of the judiciary was launched last week.


City firms “must weigh cost of losing female talent” in reward strategy

13 December 2021

Big City law firms should take into account in their balance sheet the cost of losing good people ‘by the back door’ by focusing so heavily on earnings ‘through the front door’ such as billable hours.


Clerks “must play bigger role in fair work allocation”

24 September 2021

Barristers’ clerks must step up and ensure that both work coming in and marketing efforts by chambers are done with an eye to equality in the way they are distributed, a seminar heard this week.


Solicitor lost unencrypted USB stick full of client information

29 July 2021

A solicitor who lost an unencrypted USB stick full of client information that was subsequently found by a member of the public has been rebuked by the SRA.


Retention improving at the Bar as average age of barristers rises

28 July 2021

The proportion of barristers aged over 50 has tripled over the past 30 years, while the number of pupils has shrunk by almost 30%, research by the Bar Standards Board has found.


Discrimination the “sole cause” of paucity of Black QCs

26 July 2021

Discrimination is the “sole identifiable cause” for the paucity of Black barristers, particularly at QC level, a co-chair of the Bar Council’s race working group has argued.


Only 10% of new BPTC graduates found pupillage due to Covid

19 July 2021

Only 10% of students who successfully completed the Bar professional training course last year had started a pupillage by the end of March 2021, according to new figures.


CPS diversity declaration rule to put chambers under spotlight

13 July 2021

The CPS is to use a new annual declaration by panel barristers of any protected characteristics to analyse the proportionality of case allocation and fee payments within chambers.


Public access barrister suspended over “hostile emails” to solicitors

13 July 2021

A public access barrister who engaged in “unnecessarily hostile and antagonistic correspondence” with opposing solicitors has been suspended for six months.

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