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BSB decision to stop former chief constable self-funding pupillage upheld

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.

May 28th, 2013 | 1 Comment »

Speed up ABS process and simplify complaints process further, says OFT report

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.

January 18th, 2013 | No Comments »

BSB research highlights problems non-traditional candidates face in securing pupillage

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.

May 1st, 2012 | No Comments »

News round-up: would-be ABS expands, HSBC publishes panel criteria, and much more

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.

April 5th, 2012 | Comments Off on News round-up: would-be ABS expands, HSBC publishes panel criteria, and much more

Review sets out “radical” options for reform of legal education and training

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.

March 13th, 2012 | No Comments »

Common training and even regulation of solicitors and barristers on the cards, says Law Society chief

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.

January 25th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Age a barrier for breaking into the Bar, says research

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.

January 5th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

“Despondent” Bar could become enclave of the better-off once more, warns Lodder

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.

August 31st, 2011 | No Comments »

BSB to focus on four key areas of compliance as it rolls out chambers monitoring

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.

September 17th, 2010 | 1 Comment »