A QC’s opinion was dishonestly altered to reassure a third party charged with marketing an investment scheme that eventually collapsed, the High Court has found.
Law firms should advertise unbundled services or offer them directly to clients, the Legal Services Consumer Panel has said, highlighting the “untapped potential” to support consumers in accessing advice.
A shortage of money and negative perceptions can still be deterrents to working class barristers entering the profession, a seminar on diversity in the legal profession was told last week.
A supervising judge has criticised counsel who withdrew on the eve of an important consequentials hearing for not specifying the concerns they had raised about the conduct of the trial judge.
A former Bar Council chair has issued a call to arms to the profession over China’s sanctions on a London chambers, saying nobody should take on work transferred away from the set.
The London chambers sanctioned by the Chinese government last week has battened down the hatches, appearing to distance itself from the report which drew China’s ire.
Two-thirds of the reports of sexual misconduct by barristers received by the Bar Standards Board over the past two years have been referred for regulatory action, it has revealed.
The Court of Appeal has strongly criticised barristers for not realising that the transcript of a trial was incorrect because they had not paid attention to the judge’s summing-up at the time.
A barrister who co-founded a groundbreaking business that allows separating couples to obtain advice from a single legal expert at any point in the process, has won a £50,000 Women in Innovation award.
An experienced barrister who made crude sexual comments to a woman on a mini-pupillage has been suspended for six months and told not to take on pupils or mini-pupils in future.
In the absence of full-scale office-based working, law firms and corporate legal departments will need to find new ways of ensuring collaboration and knowledge sharing among their legal professionals.
What the pandemic has brought into sharp focus for firms is a desire to reduce costs. In 2019, research found cost reductions were last on a long list of priorities for firms; now they are near the top.