Bar chair urges solicitors to act over barrister bias

9 November 2018

The chairman of the Bar Council has sent a strong message to solicitors about the need to challenge clients who discriminate against barristers because of gender, race or other bias.

Female Asian barrister returns brief because client wanted ‘white man’

8 November 2018

The only female Afghan-born practising barrister revealed yesterday that she had been asked by a solicitor to return her brief because the client wanted “a white male barrister”.

Top family solicitor opts for BSB entity regulation

5 November 2018

The former national head of family law at Simpson Millar has set up his own firm and chosen to be regulated by the Bar Standards Board, which he described as a “good fit” for his business.

New rules to bolster legal regulators’ independence

5 November 2018

New rules which clearly limit the influence the Law Society can have on the Solicitors Regulation Authority, and the Bar Council on the Bar Standards Board, have been published.

Barristers becoming as vulnerable to cyber-attacks as solicitors

1 November 2018

Increased use of technology at the Bar and in the court system has left barristers as vulnerable to cyber-attacks as solicitors, the Bar Standards Board has warned.

Bar lays out cost of LASPO to public and barristers

25 October 2018

The Bar Council has laid out the demoralised state of legal aid barristers as it urged the government to reverse key elements of LASPO.

High Court upholds suspension of barrister who stole purse

23 October 2018

The High Court has upheld the year-long suspension of a barrister who was captured on CCTV stealing a purse in a Cardiff night club after the BSB admitted to a procedural error.

BSB reprimands added to solicitor sanctions for dual-qualified lawyers

22 October 2018

Two dual-qualified lawyers have been reprimanded by the Bar Standards Board after receiving disciplinary sanctions for their work as solicitors.

Criminal barristers attack “counterproductive” QC reforms

18 October 2018

Proposed changes to the system for appointing QCs are “too onerous” and “potentially counterproductive in addressing issues of diversity”, criminal barristers have warned.

LSB: Regulators making “good progress” on publishing prices

17 October 2018

The frontline regulators are making “very good progress” in improving price transparency, the Legal Services Board has said – but its consumer panel was far less impressed.

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