Is This The Start Of The Criminal Barrister Spring?

It began with this blog post on Sunday by Fountain Court’s Ian West, where he called on fellow barristers to refuse to sign up to the Quality Assurance Scheme For Advocates (QASA) – which many view as a backdoor way of handing the likes of Eddie Stobart Group and G4S the keys to the criminal… Read more »

A Shaft Of Light At The Junior Criminal Bar? Why New Advocacy Assessment Regime Could Be An Opportunity For Baby Barristers

As the Quality Assurance Scheme For Advocates (QASA) consultation rumbles on, the latest concern is that the new regime could see clients wrongly advised to plead guilty – a result of the new rules allowing inexperienced advocates to appear at preliminary hearings in the Crown Court. To an extent, this already happens. A junior advocate once… Read more »