Welcome to the 5th FLBmail of 2014. Although technically it is not yet Spring it certainly feels like it is. This last weekend I saw many happy, smiling faces – the effect of no rain and much sunshine. Long may it last. Legal Aid Cuts: Day of Action 7th March 2014 I am sure that(…)
Faster Family Justice Group On 18th February we attended the first meeting of 2014 for this group, which consists of representatives of all professionals involved in the Family Justice System, who exchange information about developments and problems in the system. The President attends personally and takes a keen interest in all that is discussed. Feedback(…)
One Bar: one voice On Saturday 8th February I attended the One Bar: One Voice event at Lincoln’s Inn in company with our Vice Chairman, the Secretary and many other members of the FLBA. The Chairman of the Bar opened the proceedings by summarising the history that has led us to this situation, with criminal(…)
It is hard to believe that the month is nearly over. It has been a busy time but the next 3 months will be packed with developments related to the Modernisation Programme and I may feel compelled to communicate with you through this medium more regularly than fortnightly. Brace yourselves! President’s Guidance [See Guidance(…)
Welcome to the second of my emails to the Membership, which will be fortnightly from now on. Many of you will not have the time to read all of this until later, so may I start by issuing another reminder that Alison Russell QC will be sworn in as a Justice of the High Court(…)
View NSPCC and Coram Children’s Legal Centre Report Stage briefing (Lords) on Parental Involvement – Clause 11 of the Children and Families Bill. View Research in Support.
The FLBA is a sponsor of the International Professional and Legal Development Grant Programme. The programme offers financial assistance for barristers of 7 years call or less to attend legal events and/or conferences of an international character (whether in the UK or abroad). The aim of the programme is to allow junior members of the(…)
View letter from Direct of the Association of Directors of Childrens Services and the CAFCASS Chief Executive to “Colleagues” concerning their views on the implications for social work case analysis of recent Court of Appeal Guidance. Download here.
View the letter sent on 9 January 2014 from the Chairman of the Bar Council, Nicholas Lavender QC, to the Director General of the Legal Aid Agency regarding the proposed National Rollout of the Costs and Case Management System. Download here.
Message from the Chairman Dear Members, Happy New Year to you all. I am making contact with you early in 2014 to let you know what to expect from the FLBA during my chairmanship. I intend to send an FLBmail every 2 weeks on alternate Mondays commencing 13th January. In between those communications I propose(…)