COVID-19 and the state of exception

  INTRODUCTION The World Health Organization Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on 20 March 2020, revealed reports of more than 210,000 cases of COVID-19 and over 9,000 people deaths caused by COVID-19. Around the world, desperate measures have been adopted to tackle the outbreak of COVID-19, which has been labelled as a ‘once in a century event’. Some…Continue Reading

COVID-19 and Health & Safety: what are the workplace implications and knowing your ‘RPE’s from your ‘FFFP3’s

Introduction Despite WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warning back on 4th March 2020 of a “rapidly depleting” stock of gloves, medical masks, respirators, and hand sanitizer the situation continues to be a cause for real concern when it comes to frontline workers battling COVID-19. Dr Rinesh Parmar, chair of the Doctors’ Association UK, told…Continue Reading

Young Bar blog: Supporting the Young Bar during COVID-19

Responding to the immediate impact COVID-19 has been an ever-evolving task. The priority of the Young Barristers’ Committee  (YBC) has been the safety of young barristers and pupils as they work to ensure the rule of law is upheld in these difficult times. The YBC has been one of many voices within the Bar Council…Continue Reading

COVID-19 Business advice and support for Barristers

 As a self-employed Barrister, you will have concerns regarding the impact of Coronavirus on your practice and what this means for cash flow, tax and VAT payments. Below is a summary of the assistance which is currently available during these difficult times. This information is complete as of 25 March 2020. We are monitoring the…Continue Reading

Artificial Intelligence: Where Disruption Becomes a Force for Good

  The UK legal profession is a bastion of tradition, with centuries of history framing the way law is practiced and how the sector presents itself.  However, tradition is increasingly being counterbalanced with a move towards innovation, with new technology transforming the way the sector, and the people within it, work. In particular, Artificial Intelligence…Continue Reading

Practice at the Civil Bar: Some intriguing possibilities

In this article, Andrew Thornton, a barrister at Erskine Chambers and a director of FromCounsel.com, Sparqa Legal and Juriosity.com considers some of the ways in which technology may change how the civil law barristers’ practices may evolve over the next decade. Although technological advances have transformed many other professions and industries in the last ten…Continue Reading

Compelling parties to mediate

 For a long time, mediation, or as it is often known, alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”), has been the Cinderella of civil litigation.  Its merits and value have been overlooked for so long.  But that is changing and barristers need to be aware of the growing encouragement, if not to say, compulsion, that is slowly being…Continue Reading

New regulatory operations at the BSB, a new website, and a reminder about the new Bar transparency rules

Modernising our regulatory decision-making In October 2019, we published a new edition of the BSB Handbook which modernised our regulatory decision-making by introducing new Enforcement Decision Regulations. The changes reflect a new and more efficient Regulatory Operations regime. We consulted on this in 2018. The Regulations, which do not alter the obligations on barristers, are designed to…Continue Reading

Hidden in plain sight; the problems with current DNA evidence

“In short, the technology and science is so disputed, that there is insufficient consensus in the scientific community regarding the admissibility of these LRs.” [1] “The concluding lesson from the extensive testimony and complex documentary evidence presented in this case is that the specific care required for low-template, low level DNA testing has largely faded…Continue Reading

Transparency in the family courts – President issues a “route map” for those dealing with applications to vary or lift reporting restrictions

At the end of October 2019, the President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane published guidance (first published in draft in May 2019) into reporting from the family courts[1]. It sets out clear guidelines for reporters, litigants and the court when making or responding to a request to vary or lift reporting restrictions. It…Continue Reading

Practice at the Civil Bar: Some intriguing possibilities

In this article, Andrew Thornton, a barrister at Erskine Chambers and a director of FromCounsel.com, Sparqa Legal and Juriosity.com considers some of the ways in which technology may change how the civil law barristers’ practices may evolve over the next decade. Although technological advances have transformed many other professions and industries in the last ten…Continue Reading

Compelling parties to mediate

 For a long time, mediation, or as it is often known, alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”), has been the Cinderella of civil litigation.  Its merits and value have been overlooked for so long.  But that is changing and barristers need to be aware of the growing encouragement, if not to say, compulsion, that is slowly being…Continue Reading

The Times Bond Solon Expert Witness Survey 2019

The Times and Bond Solon Annual Expert Witness Survey 2019* was conducted online from 13th September 2019 to 30th September 2019. 569 experts completed the survey making it one of the largest expert witness surveys conducted in the UK. The report provides the analysis of the results from the survey. Let’s look at some of…Continue Reading

Quality Compromised is Justice Denied

  Great strides have been made in embedding international quality standards in forensic science work that is to be relied upon by investigators and the courts. But these standards alone can’t guarantee that mistakes won’t continue to be made with forensic science at the heart of them. Professor Angela Gallop explains why, and what should…Continue Reading

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