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The top legal affairs news stories from this morning and the weekend

Crown court where the lights are on but the rooms are almost deserted as barrister shortage bites [The Telegraph]

Lawyers expect court challenge to anti-strike laws [BBC News]

The sinister purpose of Rishi Sunak’s new anti-strike laws is obvious [Independent]

‘World’s first robot lawyer’ is going to defend a human in court [UniLad]

Europe Tries to Get on the Same Page Over US Climate Law [Bloomberg UK]

Keir Starmer defends David Lammy for earning over £200,000 from second jobs [The Telegraph]

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Nicola Sturgeon’s trans law could put women at risk in school, hospital and prison, fear ministers [Mail Online]

Milton Grundy, lawyer who pioneered offshore tax havens — obituary [The Telegraph]

How David Beckham’s stepmum created a law firm that saves lives [Manchester Evening News]

As TV’s Crown Court returns after 40 years, can YOU work out who these stars from the original 1970s drama are? [Mail Online]

Alex Jones lawyer’s license is suspended for releasing sensitive records [The Guardian]

“Top US firms have already started stealth layoffs due to the slowdown of work in PE and finance. Good on FF’s trainees for staying – the grass isn’t greener and you may not even have a job if you were to move to a US firm.” [Legal Cheek comments]

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Open up pupillage to attract more barristers.


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Exactly. Have some pupillages be funded by the government (the same way doctors are trained by hospitals) and make use of the 3,000 people that apply for pupillage each year. Let’s say 700 pupillage places a year instead of 250.

It may mean working class, refugee, minority and state-educated barristers get through too.

Of course the Bar LOVES ‘diversity’ and ‘human rights’ – they’ll 100% support this and protest on the streets for this, won’t they??


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There are only a limited number of tenancies, so that is the driver for the number of pupillages. The problem is not that there are too few pupillages, the problem is that there are too many vocational course places. Too many people are running up debts chasing unrealistic goals. The old ICSL model had many upsides compared to the current mess.

On your idea, what are these publicly funded pupils going to do after pupillage, if there are no tenancies for them? Why is that good use of public funds? Funding 400 pupils to get maybe a handful into the profession who otherwise would slip through the system is just not efficient or realistic use of £8m taxpayer cash each year



So self-employed barristers at chambers decide on the number of tenancies each year, to make sure the limited amount of work coming in isn’t too diluted? Got it.

Why not move towards a publicly funded criminal bar where the government decides on the number of criminal tenancies each year, as they do for medical places at universities?



Then the logical system would be a state run public defender system with no real need for a criminal bar at all. Is that what you want?

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