- Wednesday, 13 January 2016
The senior judiciary “may not reflect the communities it seeks to serve” because of a lack of ethnic minority and female QCs, the Bar Council has warned. The success rate of ethnic minority barristers fell to 28% this year.
Tags: Bar Council, diversity, judiciary, QCs
Posted in News
- Thursday, 24 December 2015
Plans by the Ministry of Justice to rewrite the costs rules for environmental judicial reviews in favour of defendants have been strongly criticised by the Bar Council, which said the ministry recognised that they could have a “stifling effect”.
Tags: Bar Council, environmental law, judicial review
Posted in News, Uncategorized
- Monday, 2 March 2015
The Civil Justice Council (CJC) and Bar Council have condemned government plans for a second wave of court fee rises. The CJC said the latest plans would have a “particularly adverse effect on lower value claimants”.
Tags: Bar Council, Civil Justice Council, court fee rises
Posted in News
- Wednesday, 26 November 2014
The Law Society, Bar Council and Chartered Institute of Legal Executives have written to MPs in a final push to protect judicial review, as the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill enters its “ping pong” stage in parliament next week.
Tags: Bar Council, Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, judicial review, Law Society
Posted in General, News
- Wednesday, 22 October 2014
The Bar Council, the Law Society and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) have called on peers to oppose curbs on judicial review set out in part 4 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill.
Tags: Bar Council, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, judicial review, Law Society, protective costs orders
Posted in Costs, News
- Tuesday, 15 April 2014
City solicitors have joined outspoken criticism of government proposals to make commercial deals with rogue states unenforceable in UK courts, arguing it will simply move overseas disputes to courts other than in London.
Tags: Bar Council, City of London Law Society, Foreign Office
Posted in Latest news, News
- Tuesday, 26 March 2013
The involvement of solicitors and barristers in crafting witness statements in big-ticket litigation has neutered the current regime and it should be replaced by a system of witness summaries and live evidence-in-chief, a Bar Council working party has recommended.
Tags: Bar Council, docketing, witness statements
Posted in Disclosure, General, News
- Monday, 21 January 2013
The Ministry of Justice is storing up even more trouble in portal and fast-track cases by cutting out barristers, the Bar Council and Personal Injuries Bar Association have said. The pair argued that instead of abolishing the disbursement basis for paying the Bar, it should introduce a low fixed-fee system.
Tags: Bar Council, Barristers, employers' liability, fixed recoverable costs, public liability, RTA portal
Posted in Jackson reforms, MoJ claims process, News
- Tuesday, 14 June 2011
A contingent legal aid fund (CLAF) has merit but its viability cannot be assessed until the Jackson reforms settle down, a Bar Council-commissioned report has concluded. Consultants Europe Economics, backed by the Bar Council, called on the government to back the concept.
Tags: Bar Council, CLAF
Posted in Uncategorized