High Court grants barrister her “dying wish” and halves suspension

12 January 2021

The High Court has granted the “dying wish” of a barrister, suspended by a Bar disciplinary tribunal, that she should end her life as a practising member of the profession.

Pinto: Gender parity a long way off in fraud work

8 January 2021

The immediate past chair of the Bar Council has welcomed work by the CPS to ensure greater gender parity in its instructions but said female fraud barristers are “a long way from parity”.

Inappropriate behaviour by potential QCs “not being recorded”

7 January 2021

The current process for awarding the title of QC does not allow “sufficient opportunity” for inappropriate behaviour witnessed by opponents or even court staff to be recorded, the Law Society has warned.

Research lays bare gender disparities in publicly funded advocacy

5 January 2021

There are “significant gender disparities” in barristers’ access to work and pay across both criminal and civil publicly funded work, research by a circuit judge has found.

Bar students and BPP at odds over face-to-face exam this week

5 January 2021

Last night’s announcement of a new lockdown has thrown a new element into the dispute between BPP Law School and Bar students over a scheduled face-to-face exam this week.

SRA and CLC given clean bill of regulatory health

23 December 2020

The Solicitors Regulation Authority and Council for Licensed Conveyancers have been given a clean bill of health by the Legal Services Board in its latest assessment of regulators’ performance.

Chambers seeks to rally support for Bar-wide pupillage academy

21 December 2020

A not-for-profit ‘pupillage academy’ that would support chambers across England and Wales to offer more pupillages has been proposed by national chambers Clerksroom.

Significant leap in number of women applying for silk

18 December 2020

Some 116 new QCs were named yesterday, with the appointment body revealing that more women applied for silk this year and the majority were successful – unlike men.

Female advocates “will lose work” if court hours are extended

17 December 2020

Advocates unable to cover extended operating hours in the courts will likely lose work and could be driven out of the profession as a result, a high-profile group of women barristers has warned.

Commercial sets back scheme to fund criminal law pupillages

15 December 2020

Eight commercial chambers have signed up to a Bar Council scheme to fund criminal law pupillages that would otherwise not be available because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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