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Lawyers walk out in half-day protest


Crown and magistrates courts across England and Wales were affected on Monday morning as criminal barristers and solicitors walked out in protest over government plans to cut legal aid.

The largest demonstration, numbering around 300, took place outside Westminster Magistrates’ Court. Other protests were held outside London’s Old Bailey – where 10 new trials and six ongoing trials were disrupted, including a murder case, a hearing involving an alleged sex ring and the phone-hacking trial – and Southwark Crown Court, as well as outside Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Bristol, Chelmsford and Cardiff Crown courts. Read the full story

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Are Solicitors ‘superfluous intermediaries’?


Barristers are renewing their efforts to capture the territory that has traditionally been the preserve of solicitors. To this end two initiatives have been launched.

The public access scheme was first established in 2004 and allows a barrister to be instructed directly by a lay client without the need for a solicitor. In order to take on public access work a barrister must have more than three years’ practising experience, must be properly trained and must have Read the full story

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Aptitude tests for lawyers


Despite reservations expressed by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), the Bar Standards Board (BSB) is currently piloting an aptitude test that assesses analytical and critical reasoning, and fluency in the English language. Reasons given by the BSB for introducing the test included the belief that the standard of admission to such an expensive course is too low, particularly regarding Read the full story

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