Drunk barrister “cannot remember” misconduct at Bar Mess event

7 December 2018

An experienced barrister told a disciplinary tribunal that he was so drunk at a Bar Mess event he “cannot remember” his “entirely unacceptable” behaviour towards a male pupil.

Law Society’s £30m cut of practising fees faces scrutiny

6 December 2018

The £30m that the Law Society levies on solicitors for its representative work is to be put under the microscope by the Legal Services Board next year.

Scandal of barrister who informed on clients to police

5 December 2018

A criminal barrister has caused a scandal in Australia after it emerged that she was acting as a police informant about her gangland clients at the same as she was defending them.

Incoming Bar chair warns of “nightmare scenario” over regulation

4 December 2018

The Bar could be “sleep walking into a nightmare scenario” where new rules mean it has no involvement with its regulator, the incoming chairman of the Bar Council has warned.

Sexual harassment at Bar still a “serious problem”

30 November 2018

Young female barristers have been urged to stand firm in the profession despite a widespread prevalence of sexual harassment at the Bar, especially at the level of inappropriate comments.

Some 125 barristers earned more than £1m last year

27 November 2018

There were around 125 barristers reporting fees of more than £1m last year, and another 200 who brought in more than £500,000, new figures from the Bar Council have suggested.

Sumption: Bar of future will be smaller and more specialist

26 November 2018

There will be fewer and more specialist barristers in the future, Lord Sumption has predicted, as he criticised some of the Bar’s actions in response to legal aid cuts.

Labour promises Bar training overhaul as part of legal reforms

26 November 2018

A Labour government will reform barristers’ training by putting it back in the hands of the Inns of Court and ending the “profiteering” by commercial providers, Baroness Chakrabarti has said.

“Significant number” of barristers struggling with CPD regime

23 November 2018

A “significant number” of barristers are still unaware that a new scheme for CPD has been in force for nearly two years or are unclear on how it works, Bar Standards Board checks have found.

BSB gains power to intervene in barristers’ practices

23 November 2018

The Bar Standards Board now has the power to intervene in individual barristers’ practices among a host of other new regulatory tools that have been approved by Parliament.

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