Barristers


Barrister who obeyed LeO two hours before tribunal spared suspension

7 August 2019

A barrister who complied with an order from the Legal Ombudsman to pay compensation to a client only two hours before appearing at a Bar disciplinary tribunal has been fined £2,000.


Barrister “threatened police with kitchen knife”

6 August 2019

A barrister convicted of common assault after threatening police officers with a kitchen knife has been reprimanded and fined £500 by the Bar Standards Board.


Written pupillage agreements may help counter “shocking abuse”

5 August 2019

Requiring chambers to enter into written agreements with pupils may help to counter “shocking” instances of abusive treatment, the Bar Council has said.


CA: Judge wrong to discharge jury over barrister’s closing speech

2 August 2019

A judge was wrong to discharge the jury in a criminal trial after “inappropriate” remarks by the defence barrister in his closing speech, the Lord Chief Justice has ruled.


Barrister suspended again after returning from drug-conviction ban

29 July 2019

A barrister who only recently returned to practice after completing a three-year suspension for a high-profile drugs conviction, has been suspended again.


Cry freedom: New rules “strengthen regulators’ independence”

25 July 2019

The Legal Services Board has finalised revised rules to ensure clearer separation of regulatory and representative functions at bodies like the Law Society and Bar Council.


BSB reduces publication periods for misbehaving barristers

23 July 2019

The Bar Standards Board is to cut the length of time that sanctions imposed on misbehaving barristers appear on its website, on the Bar Register and when it responds to requests for information.


Consumer panel urges regulators to publish complaints data

16 July 2019

The Legal Services Consumer Panel has criticised legal regulators’ continuing “resistance” to publishing complaints data about the lawyers they oversee.


Inns of Court to be first provider of new Bar training course

12 July 2019

The Inns of Court College of Advocacy is set to be the first organisation approved to run the new Bar training course, which it is doing on a not-for-profit basis.


Chambers “must publish” data on sexual orientation and religion

9 July 2019

The Legal Services Board has approved a new rule requiring chambers to include sexual orientation and religion in the diversity data they publish on their websites, whether or not all of their barristers agree.

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