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myBarrister, the UK’s leading direct access online portal matching clients with barristers, has been shortlisted to receive an award by Crowdcube, the world’s leading investment crowdfunding platform. myBarrister has been nominated for the “Service Business of the Year” category. ... read more
January 20th, 2015
Business Minister Jo Swinson has announced changes that increase the minimum level of debt for which someone owed money can force a person into bankruptcy, from £750 to £5,000. The limits were last revised in 1986. ... read more
January 16th, 2015
Four important areas, will dominate 2015, according to the Chairman of the Bar, Alistair MacDonald QC. These are edited extracts from his article in Counsel magazine. ... read more
January 15th, 2015
At least four in five potential claimants with an employee-related case are being deterred from taking their claim to an employment tribunal by the level of fee they would face. This is according to Citizens Advice, which provides free advice to its users, which polled 361 of its clients. ... read more
January 9th, 2015
More people seeking divorce are representing themselves in courts rather than hiring qualified lawyers leading to a “dumbing down” of standards, according to research conducted by the accountancy firm, Grant Thornton. ... read more
January 8th, 2015
The UK could learn from the Netherlands and Canada about how to use online dispute resolution (ODR) for small claims and put it into practice within the next couple of years. ... read more
December 15th, 2014
Report calls for use of plain English in court ... read more
December 12th, 2014
Direct Access Barrister accreditation was encouraged for Junior Barristers by the incomining Bar Council chairman, Alistair MacDonald QC. He said he would promote direct access to the public when he takes office in the new year. ... read more
December 10th, 2014
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has carried out a study that found that many leaseholders suffer from excessive charges or poor service by property managers. The CMA is recommending a change in the law that would allow flat owners to “vote out” poor property managers, if 50 per cent of... ... read more
December 5th, 2014
The Bar Standards Board (BSB), the regulatory body for barristers in England and Wales, has received approval from the Legal Services Board (LSB) to regulate barrister businesses. ... read more
December 3rd, 2014

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Michael Salter is an associate member of the myBarrister portal, and covers the legal risks of online pre-employment veting and offers guidelines for employer and employee conduct with regard to social media.  posted on January 13th, 2014
Andrew Mitchell, the former Cabinet conservative minister, lost his libel case in the High Court yesterday against The Sun, which had printed a front page article saying that Mitchell had called PC Toby Rowland, the police officer guarding the gate to 10 Downing Street, a “pleb”. posted on December 2nd, 2014
The government is contemplating introducing legislation to reinforce changes to the School Admissions Code that offer children born in the summer the option to delay entry to reception until they have passed five years old. posted on September 11th, 2015