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ICCA Guidance for Youth Court Advocates

The Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA) has developed authoritative and very practical guidance for advocates conducting criminal cases involving children and young people. The materials comprise five guides and a film. To download them visit: icca.ac.uk/youth-justice-advocacy This guidance are designed to help practitioners comply with the Bar Standards Board’s Youth Proceedings Competences. ICCA’s resources simplify this specialist area

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Young Barristers’ fees in the Magistrates’ Court

Young Barristers’ Committee carried out a survey in 2016, to investigate whether the issue about poor or no remuneration of young barristers in Magistrates’ Courts had changed since the publication of the Protocol. We received 292 responses in total, which is approximately 25% of the estimated 1140 practising in criminal law. These figures are based on the Bar Standard Board’s statistics for

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Making Tax Digital

What is Making Tax Digital? Making Tax Digital (MTD) is a radical new system being introduced by HMRC. It will transform the way that tax returns are filed online. Under MTD, self-employed barristers must keep accounting records electronically and use that information to provide updates on their business profit to HMRC on a quarterly basis. HMRC’s main aim under the

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Why the YBC is supporting the new proposed AGFS

It’s a point often made that the launch of Government consultations can be a moment where the profession can get a bit nervous, especially when the issue concerned is criminal publicly funded fees. We have all experienced the perverse effects of the current system: turning up for trials that are non-effective for reasons beyond your control; endless delays and arguments

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What is a ‘young barrister’?

Well for a start we are not necessarily young…. The question that I have been asked repeated this year by other barristers, senior judiciary and politicians is “what is a ‘young’ barrister?”. How do we, at the Bar Council, ‘classify’ our most junior members? The Old Definition  For the past 52 years the Bar Council had defined its young constituents

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