Bar Council Advocates Examination of Authority in Private ProsecutionsBar Council Advocates Examination of Authority in Private Prosecutions

Bar Council Advocates Examination of Authority in Private Prosecutions

The Bar Council has urged Parliament to reevaluate the safeguards concerning private prosecutions following the Post Office Horizon scandal. Sam Townend KC, Chair of the Bar Council, expressed concerns arising from the Post Office scandal, which is considered one of the most significant miscarriages of justice in the country. Townend highlighted two specific areas of […]

You No Longer Have to Wait Before you Can make a Flexible Working Request

Don’t Wait Before Making a Flexible Working Request

The Flexible Working (Amendment) Regulations 2023 mark a significant shift in the landscape of employment regulations by eliminating the previous requirement for employees to have completed 26 weeks of service before being eligible to request flexible working arrangements. These regulations have been officially presented before Parliament, signifying a key development in employment policies. Historically, employees […]

Bullying and Harassment at the Bar

Bullying and Harassment at the Bar

The Bar Council has published new research findings today showing increasing numbers of barristers have had their professional lives made more difficult because of inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour at the Bar. The behaviours reported are observed across the profession and involve judges, barristers, chambers’ staff, solicitors, as well as court staff. Inappropriate behaviour at the […]

Opinion - Landmark Changes in Family Law: The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Act 2022

Opinion – Landmark Changes in Family Law: The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Act 2022

In a significant milestone for family law, the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Act 2022 came into force in February 2023, ushering in one of the most notable changes in recent years. This transformative legislation addresses and redefines the legal framework surrounding the minimum age for marriage and civil partnerships, reflecting evolving societal norms […]

The Criminal Bar Association Informed its Members of No Obligation to Work out of Hours

The Criminal Bar Association Informed its Members That They are “Under no Obligation, Whether Contractual or Otherwise, to Appear in Court Outside Regular Hours.”

“We recognize the disruptive and potentially detrimental impact of working beyond regular hours on practitioners, both personally and professionally, especially for those with caregiving responsibilities. “We reject the notion that there is any valid justification for deviating from standard court hours, and we have not observed an impact assessment preceding the HMCTS communication.” Judges may […]

The Importance of Good Expert Witnesses for Barristers

The Importance of Good Expert Witnesses for Barristers

In the intricate world of the United Kingdom’s legal system, barristers play a crucial role in representing their clients and ensuring that justice is upheld. However, one often-underestimated element that significantly contributes to their success is the presence of expert witnesses. These individuals bring specialized knowledge and insights to legal proceedings, which can profoundly influence […]

Bar Standard Board Provides New Guidance on Social Media

Bar Standard Board Provides New Guidance on Social Media

In an age dominated by the digital landscape, the legal profession is not exempt from the impact of social media. The Bar Standards Board (BSB) in the United Kingdom recognizes the need for clear guidelines in the ever-evolving realm of social media use among barristers. In response, the BSB has recently released new guidance that […]

Barrister Apprenticeships - Yes it Could be a thing!

Barrister Apprenticeships – Yes it Could be a thing!

The legal profession in the United Kingdom has a long and prestigious history, dating back centuries. Traditionally, aspiring barristers followed a well-trodden path through university education, followed by vocational training and pupillage. However, there is growing interest in diversifying and expanding the avenues to becoming a barrister, including the introduction of barrister apprenticeships. In this […]

Maximizing Writing Potential with AI Writing Tools

In the ever-evolving digital landscape, AI writing technology stands out as a beacon of innovation, reshaping how we approach the art of writing. This technology, which seemed like a distant dream a few decades ago, is now a tangible reality, bringing a new level of efficiency and creativity to writers worldwide. This article delves into […]