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.

Chambers introduces mandatory “anti-oppression” training

23 January 2020

A London chambers has made it compulsory for all members to attend “anti-oppression” sessions covering the range of protected characteristics.

Bar regulator struggles with rise in complaints from public

21 January 2020

The Bar Standards Board is struggling to cope with the rise in complaints from members of the public, missing its performance target by a big distance, its annual enforcement report has revealed.

Union’s arrested head of legal mulls claim against Met Police

15 January 2020

A barrister working as a trade union’s in-house lawyer is considering a claim for false imprisonment against the Metropolitan Police after he was briefly arrested on a picket line.

Barrister suspended for groping Bar student in taxi

20 December 2019

A criminal law barrister who groped a Bar student he was mentoring during a drunken night out has been suspended for six months.

Barrister suspended for Twitter attacks on fellow counsel

19 December 2019

A barrister in a long-running dispute with fellow counsel has been suspended from practice for two years after sending her a series of “obscene or seriously offensive” tweets.

BSB and SRA in firing line over shortcomings

19 December 2019

The Bar Standards Board has been told that it needs to act more quickly on how it plans to educate the public about barristers after its widely criticised decision to stop funding Legal Choices.

Call for “real inclusion” rather than tick boxes at the Bar

12 December 2019

The Bar should focus on “real inclusion” and “actionable, practical steps” to improve diversity rather than tick boxes, a black barrister and human rights activist has argued.

Barristers still struggling with concept of CPD “reflection”

4 December 2019

Barristers are generally happy with their new continuing professional development regime but are struggling to understand the concept of ‘reflection’, independent research has found.

Sets without equal numbers of women “will lose work”

2 December 2019

Market forces will mean that commercial sets without a diverse gender pool at all levels will soon find themselves losing work to more gender-equal sets, according to a circuit judge researching equality.

“No right” to judge women lawyers on appearance

27 November 2019

It is about time that men and women realise that they have “no right to judge a woman’s commitment to and ability to do her job based on her appearance”, a leading QC has declared.

Pre-92 universities lead way with BPTC pass-rates

26 November 2019

The pre-1992 universities achieve the best results in the centralised exams taken by students on the Bar Professional Training Course, it has emerged.

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17 February 2020

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