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Women lawyers “more risk averse” about applying for QC

A report from the body that oversees Queen’s Counsel appointments has recommended a raft of changes to encourage women to apply and bring the numbers of female silks nearer to the proportion eligible in the profession. Women appear more reluctant to apply for a number of reasons, it found.

September 25th, 2017 | No Comments »

Training reforms no “panacea for diversity”, SRA report warns

The training reforms unveiled last week by the Solicitors Regulation Authority are “not a panacea for diversity” though they could make a “significant contribution”, a report for the regulator has concluded. The report also warned that the arrival of the solicitors qualifying examination in 2020 would make the training market “more complex to navigate”.

May 4th, 2017 | No Comments »

Almost half of female barristers have experienced discrimination, major report finds

Almost half of female barristers have experienced discrimination at work and 40% have experienced harassment, a major report by the Bar Standards Board has found. Dr Vanessa Davies, director general of the BSB, described the findings as “very disappointing”.

July 12th, 2016 | 1 Comment »

SRA drops annual diversity surveys to help small firms

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has decided to drop annual diversity surveys of the profession, and make them biennial, to reduce the regulatory burden on smaller law firms. The regulator said the next survey, scheduled for this summer, would not take place until May 2017.

May 17th, 2016 | No Comments »

Professional negligence barristers get the most complaints, BSB report finds

Barristers specialising in professional negligence are more likely than colleagues in any other area of law to generate complaints, a report by the Bar Standards Board has found. The research found that ethnicity did not have an impact on complaints, but gender did, with men more likely to be complained about.

February 25th, 2016 | No Comments »

No “big bang” on fixed costs, Lord Chief Justice predicts

The Lord Chief Justice has predicted that the use of fixed costs will be extended gradually and not in “one big bang”, which people would find “uncomfortable”. Lord Thomas also indicated that litigants at the planned online court would be allowed “minimal legal assistance”.

February 23rd, 2016 | No Comments »

Lord Hodge: I don’t agree with Sumption about women judges

Lord Hodge, the justice of the Supreme Court representing Scotland, has made it clear that he does not agree with Lord Sumption’s view that it could take 50 years to achieve gender equality in the judiciary. Lord Hodge also said he disagreed with Lady Hale over the issue of positive discrimination.

November 3rd, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Diversity, cash flow, referral fees and fraud – an anatomy of the problems afflicting chambers

Widespread failure to comply with diversity rules, cash-flow problems, disguised referral fees and fraud have all been revealed in a Bar Standards Board report on “high impact” chambers. Few chambers also bothered to get feedback from lay clients.

October 23rd, 2015 | No Comments »

Gender balance among practising barristers “unlikely ever to be achieved”, Bar Council report warns

An equal gender balance among practising barristers is “unlikely ever to be achieved” if current trends continue, a Bar Council report has warned. However, there was better news on BAME representation, which is due to hit 20%.

July 22nd, 2015 | No Comments »

Legal Services Board to develop diversity ‘success criteria’

The Legal Services Board has outlined its latest plans to improve the diversity of the profession, which will focus on developing ‘success criteria’ which regulators can use to judge their performance.

May 21st, 2015 | No Comments »