Legal services consumers claim controversial proposal will ‘incentivise’ Barristers to deliver improved services

Controversial proposals to reduce the standard of proof in disciplinary proceedings against Barristers from the criminal to the civil standard have been welcomed by the Legal Services Consumer Panel – which says that the change would “incentivise Barristers to deliver good services” at all times. The news comes in response to a consultation, which revealed… Read more…

Regulator’s report suggests future Barrister training will be “more affordable, accessible and flexible”

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has said that it will ensure that Barrister training becomes “more affordable, accessible and flexible” going forward. The comments, which were made by BSB chair Sir Andrew Burns, came shortly after the publication of the regulator’s annual report, which highlighted exactly where the BSB stands right now in relation to… Read more…

Study sheds light on Barristers’ pay trends

New research published by the Department for Education (DfE) has revealed the median salaries for law graduates from different universities across the country that are now acting as Barristers. According to the DfE’s report, which bases its earnings figures on PAYE data, law graduates from prestigious universities such as Oxford and Cambridge are earning around… Read more…

Bar Standards Board to consider lowering proof threshold in professional misconduct cases

In a recently-published consultation document, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) is calling for views surrounding the lowering of the so-called ‘proof threshold’ when it comes to prosecuting Barristers who have been accused of professional misconduct. The ten-page document draws upon concerns previously raised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). It says that the current standard… Read more…

Bar Council welcomes BSB’s shared parental leave plan

A plan put forward by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) to relax the rules around shared parental leave has been welcomed by the Bar Council, according to reports. Employed Barristers and their partners have been entitled to enjoy shared parental leave between both partners in the first year of their child’s – or adopted child’s… Read more…