Barrister suspended for headbutting female colleague

1 April 2020

A senior barrister who headbutted a junior female member of chambers during a drunken row, leaving her on the ground with blood all over her face, has been suspended for three months.

Train chat lands Scottish Bar chief in hot water

30 March 2020

The head of the Scottish Bar has referred himself to the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission after being caught talking on a train about his client, Alex Salmond, in a derogatory manner.

Calls to protect criminal solicitors, pupils and LPC students

25 March 2020

Criminal defence solicitors have threatened to stop attending police stations and a protocol to protect pupil barristers was published among efforts to protect the profession during the pandemic.

Government identifies justice system’s keyworkers

23 March 2020

Legal professionals involved in court and tribunal hearings, as well as those advising people deprived of their liberty or on executing wills are ‘keyworkers’, the Ministry of Justice has said.

“Strong improvement” in AML oversight by regulators

20 March 2020

There has been a “strong improvement” among the legal regulators in their approach to anti-money laundering, their oversight body has reported.

Bar students urge BSB to reconsider exam delay

20 March 2020

Students on the Bar professional training course have written a letter to the Bar Standards Board to object to its decision to cancel the April sitting of their exams. LPC students are preparing a similar letter.

Covid-19 round-up: BSB reassures barristers about rule breaches

18 March 2020

Barristers who follow official guidance on Covid-19 will not be in breach of their professional obligations, the BSB has said amid a range of developments in the courts, PI and conveyancing.

Bail-jumping barrister suspended after assault conviction

12 March 2020

A barrister convicted of assault after beating a woman and of failing to surrender to custody has been reprimanded and suspended from practice for four months.

High Court allows new harassment claims against barrister

10 March 2020

A High Court judge has allowed three new harassment allegations against barrister Barbara Hewson to go ahead, while upholding an earlier ruling that a host of other ones should be struck out.

Barrister fails in appeal over “seriously offensive” tweet

2 March 2020

The High Court has upheld the reprimand and fine issued to a barrister who sent a “seriously offensive” tweet in a private capacity that was “racially charged and derogatory to women”.

LSB ramp ups pressure on regulatory independence

21 February 2020

The Legal Services Board is ramping up pressure on the Law Society, the Bar Council and other approved regulators over ensuring the independence of their regulatory arms.

Lawyers hit back at complaint publication plans

5 February 2020

The Law Society and Bar Council have strongly attacked plans by the Legal Ombudsman to extend its publication of information about complaints, arguing that it would not help consumers.

Pupils must have written agreements from May

4 February 2020

Written pupillage agreements will become compulsory from 1 May 2020, the Bar Standards Board has decreed, while all chambers have to bring their recruitment into line with the pupillage gateway.

Obscene tweets barrister “could have reached the top”

31 January 2020

A barrister suspended for sending obscene and offensive tweets “might well have scaled the heights of the profession” had it not been for her actions outside of her practice, a tribunal has said.

Bar investigates training on how to deal with suicidal clients

27 January 2020

The Bar Council is to explore how to deliver training to barristers about dealing with suicidal clients after a family law practitioner related her own harrowing experiences confronting the issue.

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