16th March - Law News

1906th Edition: LawNewsIndex is a UK based news & legal articles archive focusing on Law, Lawyers, Law Firms, Justice, Legislation, Legal Ethics, Human Rights & Social Justice issues.

Today's video story: On the sixth anniversary of the start of the uprising in Syria, much attention is focused on the city of Raqqa, the de-facto capital of the "caliphate" proclaimed by so-called Islamic State. Thousands of civilians are fleeing the surrounding area ahead of an assault by US-backed Kurdish and Arab fighters that is widely expected to start in the coming weeks.

Focus of the day story:  Methods that allow members of the public and lay clients to instruct barristers directly without turning to a solicitor first are working well, the barristers’ regulator has claimed. In a review of its public and licensed access schemes published today, the Bar Standards Board said the schemes are an important way to access legal services. The review also found most public access barristers to be providing 'a valuable service' to their clients. Full story - The Law Society Gazette

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