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.

Online justice puts advocacy standards at risk

25 November 2019

The drive towards online or virtual justice puts advocacy and professional standards at risk, delegates at the Bar Council’s annual conference heard on Saturday.

Barrister posted “misogynistic” comments on Facebook

19 November 2019

A barrister suspended last month for offensive messages on Facebook posted one that was effectively a threat to kill a member of the public, it has emerged. They were also “misogynistic”.

Barrister disbarred over indecent child photographs

15 November 2019

A barrister jailed for making indecent photographs of children has been disbarred, while another disciplined by the SDT suspended, and a barrister who failed to appear at a hearing reprimanded.

Law degrees unnecessarily homogenous, research finds

11 November 2019

Law schools are not taking advantage of the “enormous regulatory freedom” they have and instead are largely all offering the same kind of law degree, new research has found.

Chambers should “be generous” on parental leave

8 November 2019

Chambers should give barristers the right to return to work after two or three years of parental leave, the Western Circuit Women’s Forum has said.

Communications giant hands over ABS to listed law firm

7 November 2019

Communications giant BT has handed over ownership of its alternative business structure to listed law firm DWF, it has emerged. Meanwhile, an Italian law firm has set up a BSB-regulated ABS.

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16 January 2020

Making Tax Digital throws spotlight on outdated legal IT systems

The first year of Making Tax Digital for VAT, known as the soft landing period, ends this April. During these first 12 months, firms without a compliant legal accounts package have used bridging software.

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