Barristers


Court scolds QC but decides against referring him to BSB

9 July 2021

A QC who misused the urgent applications procedure for a Brexit-related judicial review has been ticked off by the Divisional Court but escaped being referred to the Bar Standards Board.


Law firm swaps regulator after enduring “bumpy journey”

8 July 2021

A family law practice started by two solicitors has divorced the Bar Standards Board as its regulator and taken up with the Solicitors Regulation Authority after difficulties beset the relationship.


Barrister suspended over Royal baby tweets returns to work

7 July 2021

The barrister suspended from the innovative family law business she founded after being accused of making racist comments about the latest Royal baby has returned to work.


BSB more likely to raise complaints against minority ethnic barristers

7 July 2021

Minority ethnic barristers remain more likely than their White counterparts to be subject to complaints raised by the Bar Standards Board, with men more likely than women, new research has shown.


LSB: Bar regulator “put interests of profession ahead of the public”

1 July 2021

The Bar Standards Board places “a disproportionate weight on the impact of its work on the profession” and pays insufficient regard to the impact on the public, the Legal Services Board said today.


Lawyers should have to take competence tests “every 10 years”

30 June 2021

Lawyers should have to take online tests every 10 years to prove that they remain competent in their specialist fields, the chair of the Legal Services Consumer Panel said yesterday.


Signs of progress as courts support barrister’s childcare responsibilities

24 June 2021

A barrister has spoken about her “really positive” recent experiences of courts accommodating “the practicalities and balancing acts being carried out by those with children”.


Bar Council urges limits to mitigation in sexual misconduct cases involving barristers

22 June 2021

Issues such as provocation, spontaneity and whether an incident was a ‘one-off’ should not be factors that reduce sanctions for sexual misconduct by barristers, the Bar Council has urged.


Lewd barrister thought he could act with impunity towards mini-pupil

21 June 2021

An experienced barrister who made crude sexual comments to a student on a mini-pupillage thought he could act as he did “without anyone doing anything about it”, a tribunal has found.


Call to curb return to practice of barristers suspended for sexual misconduct

15 June 2021

Barristers suspended for sexual misconduct should face conditions when they return to practice, such as bans from taking pupils or being featured in legal directories.

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