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BSB consults on extending cab-rank rule to direct access cases – but comes out against it

The Bar Standards Board has argued against extending the cab-rank rule to direct access work, on the grounds that access to justice would not improve, it might discourage them from taking instructions from the public, and may lead to clients invoking the rule inappropriately.

June 27th, 2017 | No Comments »

‘List of defaulting solicitors’ will be scrapped, LSB confirms

Plans by the Bar Standards Board to scrap its ‘list of defaulting solicitors’ have been approved by the Legal Services Board. Richard Moriarty, chief executive of the LSB, said the list could undermine the independence of the BSB.

August 25th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

‘List of defaulting solicitors’ to be ditched but cab-rank rule set to survive

The Bar Standards Board is to dispense with its ‘list of defaulting solicitors’ and replace it with a new rule allowing barristers to refuse work under the cab-rank rule where there is an “unacceptable risk” that they will not get paid.

July 27th, 2015 | No Comments »

The cab-rank rule – are its days numbered?

‘The cab-rank rule is dead, long live the cab-rank principle’, or words to that effect, may be heard before too long. More than two years after the prescriptive-rule-versus-laudable-principle debate was sparked, the Bar Standards Board appears ready to consider converting the rule and its many exceptions into an outcomes-focused foundation of barristers’ practice.

April 16th, 2015 | No Comments »

BSB mulls replacing prescriptive cab-rank rule with guiding principle

The Bar Standards Board has finally published a consultation on changes to the standard contractual terms and the cab-rank rule – almost eight months later than it had originally promised.

March 30th, 2015 | No Comments »

Law Society questions value of cab-rank rule

The Law Society has responded to a Bar Standards Board call for evidence on the cab-rank rule by questioning its “operational value”. A survey of solicitors who regularly use barristers found that only one person had actually invoked the rule.

January 7th, 2015 | No Comments »

BSB apologises for failing to review contractual terms and cab-rank rule

Vanessa Davies, director of the Bar Standards Board (BSB), has apologised “for any impression that may have been created that we do not take our regulatory obligations seriously” after the BSB failed to launch a review of the standard contractual terms and the cab rank rule.

December 5th, 2014 | No Comments »

BSB probes contracts between chambers and solicitors

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is investigating the extent to which barristers have been accepting work from solicitors without entering into contracts, or accepting terms “contrary to their regulatory obligations”.

October 14th, 2014 | 3 Comments »

Solicitors accused of “bullying” barristers into accepting contracts

Solicitors have been accused of using “bullying” tactics to impose their own contractual terms on barristers.

August 4th, 2014 | No Comments »

BSB closes “anomaly” that would have forced barristers to accept VHCC fee cut

The Bar Standards Board has moved to close a “regulatory anomaly” that would have temporarily seen barristers forced to accept the controversial new legal aid rates set by the government for very high-cost cases (VHCCs).

November 26th, 2013 | No Comments »