Barrister fined for submitting misleading witness statement

4 May 2021

A barrister whose misleading witness statement led the High Court to rule that an arbitration award was obtained by fraud has been fined by a disciplinary tribunal.

Concerns mount over use of review websites to judge quality of lawyers

4 May 2021

The Bar Council and Council for Licensed Conveyancers have warned of the dangers of using “one-sided” consumer reviews to assess the quality of lawyers.

Bar set to beef up “lenient” sanctions for misconduct

30 April 2021

Plans to beef up the sanctions imposed on barristers for serious offences – including sexual misconduct, harassment and discrimination – were unveiled yesterday.

Contempt threat “seriously questionable”, says sub-postmasters’ barrister

29 April 2021

The barrister who withdrew from the sub-postmasters’ appeal after disclosing a document to the police has described the threat of contempt proceedings he faced as “seriously questionable”.

DPP: CPS ‘briefing principles’ to aid under-represented advocates

27 April 2021

New ‘briefing principles’ will ensure that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) delivers equality of opportunity among the advocates it instructs, the Director of Public Prosecutors has pledged. Max Hill QC said chambers would also have to meet diversity and equality… Read More

Sub-postmasters’ solicitor calls on SRA to investigate Post Office lawyers

27 April 2021

One of the solicitors who acted for sub-postmasters cleared last week by the Court of Appeal is to call on the Solicitors Regulation Authority to investigate every lawyer acting for the Post Office.

UK and Ireland Bar groups unite to condemn China sanctions on chambers

27 April 2021

The bodies representing barristers in the UK and Ireland have joined forces to condemn the sanctions announced by China against Essex Court Chambers.

QC’s opinion “crudely altered” to mislead third party, court finds

7 April 2021

A QC’s opinion was dishonestly altered to reassure a third party charged with marketing an investment scheme that eventually collapsed, the High Court has found.

Law firms should advertise unbundled advice, says consumer panel

7 April 2021

Law firms should advertise unbundled services or offer them directly to clients, the Legal Services Consumer Panel has said, highlighting the “untapped potential” to support consumers in accessing advice.

Negative perceptions of Bar “still a barrier to social mobility”

7 April 2021

A shortage of money and negative perceptions can still be deterrents to working class barristers  entering the profession, a seminar on diversity in the legal profession was told last week.

Senior judge criticises counsel for withdrawing from case without explanation

6 April 2021

A supervising judge has criticised counsel who withdrew on the eve of an important consequentials hearing for not specifying the concerns they had raised about the conduct of the trial judge.

Former Bar chair’s rallying call: “We are all Essex Court now”

6 April 2021

A former Bar Council chair has issued a call to arms to the profession over China’s sanctions on a London chambers, saying nobody should take on work transferred away from the set.

Chambers hit by China sanctions battens down the hatches

30 March 2021

The London chambers sanctioned by the Chinese government last week has battened down the hatches, appearing to distance itself from the report which drew China’s ire.

Two-thirds of Bar sexual misconduct cases referred for disciplinary action

29 March 2021

Two-thirds of the reports of sexual misconduct by barristers received by the Bar Standards Board over the past two years have been referred for regulatory action, it has revealed.

CA slates barristers whose failures led it to wrongly quash conviction

24 March 2021

The Court of Appeal has strongly criticised barristers for not realising that the transcript of a trial was incorrect because they had not paid attention to the judge’s summing-up at the time.

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