Posts tagged with "Barrister"

My Ex Has Abducted My Child! Does the UK Court have Jurisdiction?

Cynthia McFarlane, barrister at 1MCB Chambers, sets out the legal issues in the nightmare-scenario of when an ex-spouse takes a child out of the UK to the country they were born despite them not living there.  The abduction Imagine the scenario where five-and-a-half months ago your so...

The proposed new intermediate track for civil litigation

Stephen Innes, barrister at 4 New Square, looks at the impact for direct access clients of the proposed new intermediate track for civil claims worth between £25,000 and £100,000 Background: the existing litigation tracks Under the existing civil procedure regime, most civil...

What is the point of arbitration?

Barrister Charles Joseph of Tanfield Chambers looks at the many advantages of arbitration   What indeed is the point of arbitration? After all, there is a justice system, paid for by the state (out of your taxes, of course). There are courts and court-rooms, district judges, circuit judge...

I'll help Grenfell Tower tenants for free

Barrister Ben Beaumont explains why he will help those tenants of Grenfell Tower who have been denied legal aid I have read the tragic story of Grenfell Tower. I became a barrister in 1978. Back then I worked with the Free Representation Unit. We worked with asylum seekers and others who were u...

The dreaded 'p' word - How to pay your lawyer securely

Carol Harris, Head of Financial and Member Services at the Bar Council, explains how clients can pay their lawyers securely and when the job is done thanks to something called BARCO. First launched to the Bar in April 2013, BARCO is the result of two years of exhaustive research a...

Using a direct access barrister in arbitration

Niraj Modha, a barrister at Tanfield Chambers, provides information and offers tips on instructing a direct access barrister in arbitration Arbitration has been used for centuries, across different trades, sectors, and cultures. What is arbitration, how does it compare with litigation, and how ...

Licensed Access – Licensed Success: Corporates and Businesses instructing the Bar

  Licensed Access and Direct Access to the Bar is on the rise. This brief article will highlight the advantages, elements to be aware of and also the innovative options available to corporates and businesses with legal needs and issues. The Public Access Scheme was first launched in 20...

How to use a direct access barrister?

Nick Isaac, barrister at Tanfield Chambers, explains how best to instruct a direct access barrister?     You think you might want to instruct a direct access barrister, but are not sure how to go about it. Here are my suggestions and tips for helping yourself and the barrister you wa...

Negotiating Brexit: Tips for Prime Minister Theresa May

  Barrister Iain Christie on how basic mediation principles could help the UK after Brexit is triggered The Government has announced that it will trigger Article 50 on 29 March 2017, thereby commencing the two year period for negotiating the terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union....

Barrister or solicitor – who should you go to?

Nick Isaac, barrister at Tanfield Chambers, on when to use a barrister and when to use a solicitor   You may have heard that members of the public can now go directly to a barrister for specialist advice, or for representation in court. But how does that actually work, and why might it wo...

Possession claims are failing due to little known hurdles

Barrister Michael Grant explains how little known hurdles are stifling possession claims   As most reading this will know, S.21 of the Housing Act 1988 enables landlords of residential property to terminate assured short-hold tenancies (ASTs) without being required to give a reason for w...

Lady Valerie Corbett: Prison sentences that last beyond release

Lady Valerie Corbett For many ex-offenders their prison sentence starts AFTER they've been released. A professional woman who served her sentence for fraud said she was continually turned down for jobs (which had nothing to do with finance) because she had to explain the gap in her CV. In 20...

The importance of values

Barrister, Iain Christie "Integrity. Excellence. Justice.” So reads the tag line of the Bar Council. But what exactly are those words there for and who do they refer to? They can be taken to apply to individual barristers as much as to the body which represents them. They are words which reflec...

Lady Corbett: Ched Evans rape case did not conform to the law

The phone rang and my husband's voice sounded excited. "Guess what?" said Robin, "I've drawn number two in the ballot for Private Member's Bills." "Great" I said not at all excited. Private Member's Bills hardly ever make it into law. They are always worthy but successive Governments have neve...

Why breaking up is hard to do

"I just didn’t want it to be like this” sobs Vicki, as she talks to the mediator about her best hopes for her six year-old daughter Rosalie as she and her ex-partner Jason try to make child arrangements following their divorce. Jason waits in another room because the couple cannot bear to be...

A Mediator's Perspective on Brexit

Iain Christie, barrister - How mediation could help navigate the nation through Brexit The national crisis facing the UK following the result of the EU Referendum has many similarities to the crisis facing couples following a decision to end their marriage by separation or divorce. Uncertaint...

Private Prosecutions - an alternative remedy

  Quentin Hunt, barrister - The growing interest in private prosecutions As a Direct Access qualified Barrister, enquiries usually come from members of the public in respect of defence work. I have historically undertaken private prosecutions, but these have been primarily on behalf of...

The Mediation Conundrum

    Jonathan Lux of Stone Chambers - How businesses can resolve disputes early to avoid escalating costs    "Early Resolution" provides answers to what were thought to be insoluble problems in two main arenas:    – How can you mediate sensibly before e...

Shu Shensmith: How Direct Access barristers stepped in to resolve a disaster for our business

Shu ShenSmith, Co-Founder of ShenSmith Barristers For many years prior to establishing ShenSmith Barristers, we operated several successful businesses, and as someone once put it 'you can't run a successful business without encountering some difficulties'. This was indeed true when b...

Elizabeth Repper: Mediation – why and how businesses and individuals are using it to try and solve disputes

      Elizabeth Repper of Keating Chambers  When businesses or individuals fall into dispute, they often feel their only option is to go to court. Alternative methods of resolving disputes are however encouraged by the courts. Mediation is one form of what is kno...

Making the Right Choice

Any barrister will tell you that part of the reason they pursued that career was because of their passion for justice. It’s in our DNA and can be illustrated by the fact so many barristers give up their time pro bono to ensure people have access to justice when they need it. It is that same ethos...