Solicitor and barrister both sanctioned for drink driving

20 September 2018

A solicitor and barrister have separately been sanctioned for drink-drive offences, although only the latter appeared before a disciplinary tribunal.

Bar Council slams BSB’s “dilution” of barrister brand

19 September 2018

The Bar Council has reacted with outrage to training reforms that it says would automatically ‘passport’ solicitors with higher rights of audience to become barristers.

Trust in solicitors a key issue when consumers choose barristers

17 September 2018

Consumers tend to shop around or use a public access barrister and ignore their solicitor’s recommendation only when trust had broken down, according to research.

BSB: Telling would-be clients they can ask for a quote shows transparency

14 September 2018

Making chambers’ websites tell clients that they may contact the set for a quote “demonstrates a commitment to transparency and facilitating ‘shopping around’”, the BSB has insisted.

Standard of proof: Barristers warned against “defensive lawyering”

13 September 2018

It would be “extremely disappointing” if barristers became more defensive in their behaviour once the standard of proof for disciplinary matters was lowered, the BSB has said.

Small businesses “less price sensitive” than expected, research finds

11 September 2018

Small businesses are less price sensitive than expected, but value price certainty, unpublished research by the Solicitors Regulation Authority has found.

Robing room is not a “no-go area” for barristers’ regulator

28 August 2018

Robing rooms may be a private sanctuary for barristers but they cannot be viewed as a “no-go area” for their regulator, the High Court has ruled.

Barrister suspended for High Court advocacy before and during pupillage

23 August 2018

A barrister has been suspended for six months by a Bar disciplinary tribunal for acting as an advocate in the High Court before and during his pupillage.

Barrister who failed to give “unwelcome advice” suspended

22 August 2018

A barrister who failed to give “unwelcome advice” to an “over-enthusiastic client” has been suspended for a month by a Bar disciplinary tribunal.

Barrister should not have been suspended for “robing room gossip”

17 August 2018

An experienced barrister should not have been suspended for “mere gossip” in the robing rooms of Crown Courts, the High Court was told this week.

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20 September 2018
Simon McCrum

Why don’t lawyers do what you ask them to do?

Having been team leader, department head, division head and managing partner, I understand well the frustration (and anger) that managing partners and CEOs voice to me: “We’ve asked them a dozen times, but still they aren’t doing what we need!”

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