Barrister misled Google in review take-down request

28 September 2020

A barrister has been reprimanded and fined for misleading Google in trying to get a negative review taken down. He said he had been subjected to “distressing online trolling”.

Defence QC’s accusation against prosecutor was not misconduct

25 September 2020

A QC who accused prosecution counsel of bad faith without reasonable grounds was in breach of Bar Standards Board rules but not to the level of professional misconduct, a tribunal has ruled.

BSB: Bar students’ results “broadly in line” with the average

25 September 2020

The early signs are that the performance of Bar students in last month’s controversial exams was “broadly in line” with the average, the Bar Standards Board said yesterday.

Barrister sanctioned for “positive discrimination” jibe at judge

24 September 2020

A barrister has been reprimanded and fined for suggesting that a female Asian judge only secured her position as a result of “positive discrimination”.

Commercial chambers offers £20k to fund withdrawn pupillage at crime set

16 September 2020

A London commercial chambers has put up £20,000 to fund a pupillage that a criminal set has had to withdraw because of the impact of Covid-19, in a move hailed as showing the spirit of the Bar.

BSB: Exams problems “worse than thought” as it rejects alternative plan

14 September 2020

Problems with the Bar exams were far more extensive than previously reported, the Bar Standards Board admits as barristers warn that ‘pen and paper’ resits next month could breach equality law.

Employment tribunal rejects BSB race discrimination claim

10 September 2020

Claims of race discrimination brought by a barrister against the Bar Standards Board as part of a decade-long dispute have been dismissed as time-barred by an employment tribunal.

Covid knock-on puts future pupillage numbers under pressure

8 September 2020

The number of chambers delaying pupillages that were due to start this month or next is likely to have a knock-on effect on the supply of places until 2022, the Bar Standards Board said today.

BSB pilots reverse race mentoring for senior White barristers

3 September 2020

The Bar Standards Board has launched a pilot reverse mentoring scheme, in which Bar students and junior barristers from BAME backgrounds mentor senior White barristers.

Barrister should have apologised to judge over behaviour

1 September 2020

A hugely experienced criminal defence barrister who shouted and pulled faces at a judge should have sent her a letter of apology, a Bar disciplinary tribunal has said.

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