Cry freedom: SRA wants to become separate legal entity from Law Society

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Legal regulators have urged the Legal Services Board to use its review of the internal governance rules to give them greater independence from their representative bodies. The Solicitors Regulation Authority said the rewrite of the rules should allow it to become a “separate legal entity” from the Law Society.

February 16th, 2018

Carry on dining: Bar Council defends role of Inns in education and training

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Making membership of the Inns of Court optional for barristers would disadvantage those with the least “social capital”, the Bar Council has warned. It strongly defended the role of the Inns, the minimum 12-month period for pupillages, and compulsory Inns of Court dinners for students.

February 14th, 2018

Bar Standards Board to regulate firm led by chartered legal executive

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The Bar Standards Board is to regulate a law firm led by a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, it has emerged. No practising barristers will be involved in the firm, but its principal is also an unregistered (ie, non-practising) barrister.

February 8th, 2018

BSB to consider whether chambers need ‘work allocation officers’ to ensure equality

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The Bar Standards Board is to consider requiring that chambers have a ‘work allocation officer’ as part of its Women at the Bar equality project, it emerged yesterday. It will also look at whether women returning after maternity leave should not have to pay any contribution from their fees to chambers for a limited time.

January 26th, 2018

Groundbreakers: CILEx firm aims to train solicitors as BSB firm takes on pupil

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A law firm regulated by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives is aiming to supervise the training of solicitors in what is understood to be the first move of its kind. In a separate development, a law firm regulated by the Bar Standards Board has started a pupillage scheme, in what might well also be a first.

January 18th, 2018

Exclusive: Solicitors choose “practical and proportionate” BSB regulation in ABS first

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Solicitors setting up an alternative business structure this month in Marlborough, Wiltshire, have chosen to be regulated by the Bar Standards Board. It is understood to be the first time a BSB-regulated ABS has been created without barrister involvement.

January 12th, 2018

Bar Council lashes BSB over price publication plans

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The Bar Council has strongly attacked plans by the Bar Standards Board to force barristers to publish prices and internal complaints records. It said a requirement on chambers to publish hourly rates might actually end up decreasing transparency.

January 11th, 2018

CILEx moves governance reform forward with first group chair as new Bar chief takes reins

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Professor Chris Bones has been named the first chair of the CILEx Group as the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives presses ahead with its major governance restructuring. He has experience in the private, public and third sectors, notably becoming the first non-academic dean of Henley Business School.

January 4th, 2018

Revealed: Sudden increase in students enrolling on Bar training course

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There has been a surprise 14% increase in the number of students enrolling on the Bar professional training course, it has emerged. It comes despite concern among Bar leaders that the burden of student debt is having a negative impact on the junior Bar.

January 3rd, 2018

Exclusive: “The impact has been devastating but I have to stand up to discrimination,” says barrister suing BSB

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The barrister who won the first stage of her battle with the Bar Standards Board at the Supreme Court last week said the impact of almost five years of litigation had been “completely devastating” for her law firm. She also suggested that the courts “have their own problem with discrimination”.

December 13th, 2017