- Tuesday, 28 May 2013
A barristers’ chambers which offered an unfunded pupillage to a former police chief constable has lost its appeal against a Bar Standards Board decision that the move ran foul of equality rules designed to stop ‘rich kids’ from self-funding.
Tags: bar standards board, pupillage
Posted in Barristers, hrtraining, Latest news
- Friday, 18 January 2013
Regulators need to speed up their processes for approving alternative business structures, the Office of Fair Trading said today. It also called for further simplification of the complaints system, recommended actions to increase the number of available pupillages and gave cautious support for the move away from title-based regulation.
Tags: activity based regulation, Council for Licensed Conveyancers, Legal Ombudsman, LeO, pupillage, Solicitors Regulation Authority
Posted in Alternative business structures, Barristers, Latest news, Legal Ombudsman, Legal Services Board, Other lawyers, Solicitors
- Tuesday, 1 May 2012
Applicants for pupillage who are white, male, attended a fee-paying school or Oxbridge, or have parents who are educated to degree level are all more likely to succeed than those without such characteristics, Bar Standards Board research has found.
Tags: Bar Council, bar standards board, equality and diversity, pupillage
Posted in Barristers, hrtraining, Latest news
- Thursday, 5 April 2012
Our regular round-up of news includes Quindell Portfolio’s latest acquisition, Simmons & Simmons moving City work to Bristol, the SRA’s City adviser joining Obelisk Legal, the Law Society withdrawing its PII broker list, and much more besides.
Tags: ABS, Alternative business structures, Bar Council, conveyancing, conveyancing quality scheme, Council for Licensed Conveyancers, Financial Services Authority, Law Society, legal process outsourcing, LPO, professional indemnity insurance, pupillage, Solicitors Regulation Authority
Posted in Latest news, Market monitor, News In Brief
- Tuesday, 13 March 2012
More common training of would-be lawyers, sector-wide CPD, and scrapping the training contract and pupillage, are among the “more radical” options being considered by the Legal Education and Training Review, according to its first discussion paper, issued yesterday.
Tags: bar standards board, ILEX Professional Standards, legal education, legal education and training review, legal practice course, LPC, pupillage, Solicitors Regulation Authority
Posted in Barristers, hrtraining, Latest news, Legal Executives, Solicitors
Common training and even regulation of solicitors and barristers on the cards, says Law Society chiefWednesday, 25 January 2012
The time is coming when the distinction between solicitors and barristers will be “more a matter of tribal culture than function”, the Law Society president has predicted, with common education, training and even potentially regulation on the agenda.
Tags: bar standards board, Barristers, direct access, ProcureCo, pupillage, Solicitors Regulation Authority
Posted in Barristers, Latest news, Solicitors
- Thursday, 5 January 2012
People aged 30 or over who choose to re-train as barristers are at a significant disadvantage to younger applicants, according to research from King’s College London. It also confirmed a continuing bias in favour of those with an Oxbridge education, but not gender.
Tags: equality and diversity, pupillage
Posted in hrtraining, Latest news
- Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Criminal law barristers have reached a new low of despondency, the chairman of the Bar Council has told Lord Chancellor Ken Clarke. Peter Lodder QC warned that the government’s legal aid cuts could also see the Bar return to “a professional enclave for the better-off” as students are discouraged by mounting debts.
Tags: Bar Council, Barristers, criminal law, equality and diversity, Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, pupillage
Posted in News
- Friday, 17 September 2010
Every chambers in England and Wales is to be quizzed on their approach to equality and diversity as part of a new monitoring scheme being rolled out by the Bar Standards Board. The 791 chambers (of which 391 are registered as sole practitioners) are also to face questions on how they handle complaints, their policies on pupillage, and compliance with anti-money laundering rules.
Tags: bar standards board, chambers, complaints-handling, equality and diversity, money laundering, pupillage
Posted in Barristers, News
Over the Christmas break while relaxing, I decided it would be a perfect time to catch up on a few stories from the legal sector to see how the profession was coping.
Mentoring programmes are increasingly common in law firms. The weight of academic literature points to the positive benefits of mentoring on professional development.