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Neurodiversity and Mental Health

  Neurodiversity and neurodivergence are increasingly central to...

New data on wellbeing at the Bar

Today the Bar Council has published the...

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Matt Hutchings KC on a year of moonlighting as a climate activist while practising as a lawyer

Around a year ago, I became involved with a group of lawyers who were determined to do something about the climate and ecological crises. I helped to draft a “declaration of conscience” for the group, which has been signed by some 200 lawyers, law students and legal academics. The Lawyers Are Responsible (“LAR”) declaration, which was made public in March last year, ends with a pledge to withhold our legal services in respect of: (i) supporting new fossil fuel...

What went Wrong?

It’s an everyday story, isn’t it? Teenage showgirl meets married Tory cabinet minister, and they give themselves over to passion while a spy from a hostile nation watch from the wings. This isn’t the latest hapless calamity to befall...

Remote justice: Some thoughts on the future of hearings in courts and tribunals in an increasingly virtual world

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, it was perhaps not widely contemplated that courts and tribunals would soon have the capability and capacity to conduct the majority of their hearings on a virtual platform as a matter of course.  However, due...

Cognitive Bias: Forensic Science  

Dr David Schudel forensic chemist at Keith Borer Consultants. According to the Oxford English dictionary, “bias” has several meanings, including: “to influence, affect (often unduly and unfairly)”. No one likes to think of themselves behaving...

Evidence from computers – the unreliable legal presumption that, without more, it can be relied upon

By Stephen Mason and Daniel Seng, editors, Electronic Evidence and Electronic Signatures (5th edition, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies for the SAS Humanities Digital Library, School of Advanced Study, University of London, 2021)  On 16th July...

New data on wellbeing at the Bar

Today the Bar Council has published the Wellbeing at the Bar Report 2024. The data shows some improvements in wellbeing at the Bar. Dr Darren Van Laar at Portsmouth University produced the report, and it is based on data from 2023. The survey was distributed to the whole population of UK practising barristers. The key findings include - Overall, barristers reported higher levels of work satisfaction and wellbeing in 2023 when compared to 2021. This was in terms of their psychological wellbeing, workload management and supportive work environment. 73% of respondents agreed they had supportive colleagues and/or work environment, a rise of 6% compared to 2021. 61% of respondents felt they...

Matt Hutchings KC on a year of moonlighting as a climate activist while practising as a lawyer

Around a year ago, I became involved with a group of lawyers who were determined to do something about the climate and ecological crises....

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Why should the Bar care about remote working?

By Serena K. Sekhon, barrister, No5 Chambers   In some ways, the self-employed Bar was the original remote working profession. Well before the days of CVP hearings and Zoom meetings, many barristers were able to work on their papers, pleadings and...

 Investment urgently needed to ensure future of criminal defence profession

I have spent the last 15 years fighting on behalf of the Law Society’s members for the pay their vital work deserves, which is necessary to make the criminal defence profession sustainable and ensure access to justice for victims, witnesses and defendants. Criminal defence solicitors have gone a staggering quarter of a century without a significant funding hike. It is hard to think of any other profession where the fees payable are stuck in a mid-90s time warp. Unsurprisingly given the...

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Genuine equality requires that all people be protected from harassment at work whatever their personal characteristics. Currently the law offers better protection to some individuals than others in circumstances that may lead to...

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Religious observances and festivals – what are my employers’ obligations?

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Matt Hutchings KC on a year of moonlighting as a climate activist while practising as a lawyer

Around a year ago, I became involved with a group of lawyers who were determined to do something about the climate and ecological crises....

Neurodiversity and Mental Health

  Neurodiversity and neurodivergence are increasingly central to discussions about workplace inclusion and employee support, particularly in the legal industry where autism, ADHD and other...

New data on wellbeing at the Bar

Today the Bar Council has published the Wellbeing at the Bar Report 2024. The data shows some improvements in wellbeing at the Bar. Dr Darren...

Cross-examination report calls for improvements in technology and training to support vulnerable witnesses

Poor technology, trial delays and insufficient training are hampering efforts to make cross-examination less distressing for vulnerable and intimidated witnesses (VIWs) and achieve best...

Bullying and Respect at Work

Genuine equality requires that all people be protected from harassment at work whatever their personal characteristics. Currently the law offers better protection to some...
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