Asylum and detention specialist sets up BSB firm and law student project

Ousman Noor

A barrister whose charity, regulated as a law firm by the Bar Standards Board (BSB), was dissolved at the end of last year due to funding problems, has set up both a conventional BSB firm and a pioneering university law project to help immigration detainees.

October 17th, 2017

Bar Council say BSB registration plan risks deterring barristers from youth court work

Court building - Bradford

The Bar Council has strongly attacked a plan by the Bar Standards Board for the compulsory registration of youth court advocates, the first scheme of its type. It said the move did not address the “underlying issues of low pay and status” in the youth courts and risked deterring barristers from undertaking the work.

October 16th, 2017

Revealed: Bar Council pulls plug on pioneering nursery


The Bar Council has closed its flagship nursery scheme at Smithfield in the City of London, citing a lack of places and promising to find other, “more effective” ways of supporting barristers with childcare responsibilities. The Bar Nursery – five years in the making – was launched to some fanfare in April 2013.

October 10th, 2017

Give the next generation of women a hand up, QC urges female barristers

Jo Delahunty QC

Female barristers need to actively encourage and mentor the next generation of women at the Bar amid the continuing difficulties of achieving equality, a leading silk said last week. Jo Delahunty QC said it was the responsibility of those who have climbed the ladder “to lean down to offer a hand for others to hold as they try and climb up”.

October 9th, 2017

BSB eyes rule change to encourage reporting of members’ sexual orientation by chambers


The Bar Standards Board is to consult on removing the rule that allows one person to veto their chambers reporting anonymised data on the sexual orientation, religion and belief of all members, in a move it said was supported by LGBT+ members of the Bar.

October 6th, 2017

BSB training plans could curb role of Inns – including compulsory dinners – and end 12-month term for pupillages


A drastic reduction in the role of the Inns of Court in the training of barristers – to the point where barristers would not have to be members of one – and an end to the required period of 12 months for pupillages are on the table as the Bar Standards Board takes the next step in its Future Bar Training initiative.

October 4th, 2017

LSB gives thumbs up to regulators’ action plans for price and service transparency

Neil Buckley

The Legal Services Board has marked as “sufficient” action plans produced by legal regulators to introduce price transparency and release other information to the public to help with purchasing decisions. The verdict on the original action plans published at the end of June came in the wake of the regulators moving to the next stage of consulting on how they would implement transparency.

October 3rd, 2017

Revealed: BSB set to expand price transparency obligation beyond public access to referral Bar

Sheila Kumar 2

The Bar Standards Board will say today that new rules on publishing prices should extend to referral barristers as well as those handling public access work. It comes as the Council for Licensed Conveyancers also issued their plans for improving transparency to help the consumers of legal services.

October 2nd, 2017

Legal Services Board told not to force lower disciplinary standard of proof “through the back door”

Law Society - Front1

The Legal Services Board has been warned against trying to force the introduction of the civil standard of proof in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal without proper consultation. The Law Society said it was “inappropriate” for the board to use performance assessments of the regulators it oversees to require them to introduce a lower standard.

September 29th, 2017

Inns of Court accused of not doing enough to combat homophobia as research uncovers discrimination

Steven Vaughan

Many LGBT+ barristers believe the Inns of Court are not doing enough to combat homophobia at the Bar, according to a ground-breaking study which suggested that “homophobia is stronger at the Bar than in the general population”.

September 26th, 2017