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Bar Council warns of threat to judiciary from lack of diversity among QCs

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.

January 13th, 2016 | No Comments »

MoJ costs plans would “deter legitimate environmental challenges”, Bar Council warns

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”.

December 24th, 2015 | No Comments »

CJC and Bar Council condemn plans for second wave of court fee rises

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”.

March 2nd, 2015 | No Comments »

Professional bodies write to MPs in final bid to protect judicial review

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.

November 26th, 2014 | No Comments »

Legal bodies unite in call for peers to oppose changes to judicial review costs

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.

October 22nd, 2014 | No Comments »

City lawyers scorn government contract sanctions plan

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.

April 15th, 2014 | No Comments »

Bar Council working party calls for end to witness statements in Rolls Building litigation

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.

March 26th, 2013 | Comments Off on Bar Council working party calls for end to witness statements in Rolls Building litigation

Bar seeks “low fixed-fee” role in portal and fast-track cases

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.

January 21st, 2013 | 4 Comments »

Bar Council and economists call on government to support contingent legal aid fund

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.

June 14th, 2011 | Comments Off on Bar Council and economists call on government to support contingent legal aid fund