- Wednesday, 18 March 2015
QC status should be available to all advocates appearing in the higher courts, whether or not they are barristers or solicitors, the Legal Services Consumer Panel has said. It also reiterated its call for re-accreditation and ongoing competence checks for those with the mark.
Tags: advocacy, Legal Services Consumer Panel, solicitor-advocates
Posted in Consumer panel, Latest news, Legal Services Act
- Tuesday, 11 November 2014
A new Criminal Bar Association campaign to ensure that barristers and higher court advocates compete on a “level playing-field” does not amount to a “cry for war”, its chairman has said.
Tags: Criminal Bar Association, HCAs, Jeffrey review, solicitor-advocates
Posted in Barristers, Latest news, Regulation, Solicitors
- Friday, 9 May 2014
The Bar Council has called for strict new rules to check that criminal law solicitors are acting properly when they guide clients to in-house advocates as opposed to external counsel.
Tags: Bar Council, criminal law, criminal legal aid, solicitor-advocates
Posted in Barristers, Latest news, Solicitors
- Wednesday, 8 January 2014
An increasing tendency among solicitors to pay referral fees to each other and to use solicitor-advocates is diverting work away from junior barristers, ultimately threatening the quality of the judiciary, according to the Bar Council.
Tags: advocacy, Bar Council, referral fees, solicitor-advocates
Posted in Barristers, Latest news
- Tuesday, 12 March 2013
The number of in-house lawyers has not been affected by the economic crisis and alternative business structures (ABSs) offer general counsel an opportunity to expand their services, according to the Law Society.
Tags: ABS, Alternative business structures, Barristers, chartered legal executive advocates, in-house lawyers, Law Society, solicitor-advocates
Posted in Alternative business structures, Latest news, Market monitor
- Monday, 19 November 2012
Law Society chief executive Des Hudson has responded to calls for all advocates – including solicitors – to be regulated by the Bar Standards Board by saying: “Are they having a laugh?” And SAHCA chief says QASA and ABSs give solicitor-advocates a “golden opportunity” to compete with barristers.
Tags: ABS, Alternative business structures, bar standards board, Law Society, Legal Services Board, QASA, Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates, solicitor-advocates, Solicitors Regulation Authority
Posted in Barristers, Latest news, Market monitor, Solicitors
- Monday, 12 November 2012
The new Lord Chancellor has said he is “sympathetic” with the notion that the legal profession is over-regulated, the chairman of the Bar Council has claimed as he stepped up his call for the Legal Services Board to be scrapped.
Tags: advocacy, Bar Council, chartered legal executives, Legal Services Board, solicitor-advocates
Posted in Barristers, Latest news, Legal Services Board
- Monday, 3 September 2012
The chairman of the Bar Council has called for a last stand against several “objectionable” elements of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates or else they will form part of similar schemes planned for all areas of legal practice.
Tags: Bar Council, bar standards board, QASA, Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates, solicitor-advocates, Solicitors Regulation Authority
Posted in Barristers, Latest news, Legal Executives, Solicitors
- Friday, 13 July 2012
A final consultation on the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates has been amended at the last minute to take into account objections raised by the board of the Bar Standards Board.
Tags: advocacy, bar standards board, Barristers, Joint Advocacy Group, Law Society, QASA, Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates, solicitor-advocates, Solicitors Regulation Authority
Posted in Barristers, Latest news, Solicitors
- Thursday, 12 July 2012
The recent debate on the Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) plans to regulate advocacy-focused business structures – entities – pitted Bar Council old-timers against BSB modernists, and it was the latter who came out on top. The motion was bland enough but it soon became clear that what its proposers actually meant by this was “entities will open the door to solicitors flooding (and eventually taking over) the Bar’s institutions and that by inviting solicitor-advocates into its regulatory ‘tent’, the BSB will weaken the distinctiveness of the barristers’ offering”.
Tags: ABS, advocacy, Alternative business structures, bar standards board, entity regulation, solicitor-advocates
Posted in Blog
With one in four people saying they’d contest an inheritance if they didn’t feel it was distributed properly, many solicitors will have dealt with clients who are making a will that will subsequently be challenged.
Last week, I wrote about the Post Office scandal. I made clear my view that resigning is not enough, but some people have rightly challenged me to say what I feel would be enough.