Barristers


LSB gives Bar Council a ticking off over staffing criticism

18 May 2020

The Legal Services Board has given the Bar Council a slap on the wrist for the comments it made in a Legal Futures article about staffing levels at the oversight regulator.


BSB approves online exams with “astonishing” anti-cheat rules

14 May 2020

The Bar Standards Board has announced that Bar students will be able to take this year’s exams online – but barristers have expressed concern about the “astonishing” anti-cheating provisions.


Pupillage deadline “should be extended or scrapped” amid Covid-19

7 May 2020

A young barrister who runs a blog about mental health among lawyers has called for the five-year deadline for would-be barristers to get pupillages to be extended or scrapped.


Barrister who “took advantage of BSB’s generosity” is suspended

5 May 2020

A veteran barrister who “took advantage” of the Bar Standards Board by refusing to pay a fine for almost four years has been suspended for two months.


LSB to check random sample of disciplinary decisions

4 May 2020

The Legal Services Board is planning to review a “random sample” of regulators’ disciplinary decisions to ensure the right processes and procedures are in place.


Bar Council and BSB cut costs as Scots slash fees for solicitors

30 April 2020

The Bar Council and Bar Standards Board have announced a series of measures – including furloughing – to make savings of more than £200,000 to support the profession during the Covid-19 crisis.


Regulators “confirm commitment” to Legal Choices amid control dispute

29 April 2020

Seven of the eight frontline regulators have “confirmed their continued commitment” to the Legal Choices website, despite the Solicitors Regulation Authority no longer wanting to run it.


Future for the Bar “bleak” as workload collapses for many

28 April 2020

The future for the Bar is “bleak” if work streams and earnings do not improve, with over half of barristers now working less than 18 hours a week, the Bar Council has warned.


LSB questions Bar regulator’s decision-making

27 April 2020

The Legal Services Board is launching a formal review of the Bar Standards Board’s leadership and decision-making in the wake of its controversial decision to stop funding the Legal Choices website.


Young barristers spell out pandemic’s devastating financial toll

23 April 2020

Young barristers are being especially badly hit by the coronavirus crisis and they are unlikely to get much help from the government’s self-employment income support scheme.


Charity offers £1m Covid-19 support to solicitors

20 April 2020

SBA, the charity for solicitors, is launching a £1m hardship fund to aid those in financial difficulty following the outbreak of Covid-19. Meanwhile, its barrister equivalent has appealed for donations.

It comes as its barrister equivalent, the Barristers Benevolent Association (BBA), has launched an appeal for funds to support members of the Bar.


Fine for barrister who took 15 months to pay fine

15 April 2020

An unregistered barrister and solicitor who took 15 months to pay a £500 fine levied by the Bar Standards Board has been reprimanded – and ordered to pay another £500.


“Release QC money” to support Bar during Covid-19

14 April 2020

The Bar Council has been urged to call in its share of the surplus held by QC Appointments to support barristers struggling during the coronavirus pandemic, as the Inns of Court looks at measures too.


Barrister lied to police “to help close friend”

9 April 2020

An unregistered barrister who lied about her status to extract information about an investigation by North Yorkshire Police has been disbarred.


Barrister breached court order to see ex-girlfriend

8 April 2020

An experienced barrister has been suspended for three months and fined £1,000 for twice breaching a non-molestation order to see his ex-girlfriend.

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