Victorian Legal Services Board and Commissioner outlines guidance for legal professionals when dealing with unvaccinated clients.

In an attempt to mitigate some of the challenges posed by society opening back up after lockdown, the Victorian Legal Services Board and Commissioner (VLSBC) has issued guidance for dealing with unvaccinated clients. These include general guidance on providing a safe working environment for you staff, as well as advice for new clients and existing clients.

It’s important to remember you do not have to take on new un or partially vaccinated clients if you feel it would provide an unsafe working environment for your staff, but it is important to be clear about this and provide other services where possible. For existing clients, it’s important solicitors comply with their duties to clients, particularly in litigation matters.

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The Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service has published a second consultation document on changes to the Sanctions Guidance

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has welcomed the publication of a second consultation document on changes to the Sanctions Guidance by the Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service (BTAS). These guidelines are used by Disciplinary Tribunals in deciding what sanctions to impose in cases of proven professional misconduct by barristers in England and Wales.

This consultation seeks views on an amended draft of the full revised Sanctions Guidance and follows BTAS’s response in July to the first consultation which took place earlier in the year.

It is important the final guidelines have the support of the public and the profession, as these sanctions are key in protecting consumers and promoting trust in the legal profession.

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New guidelines published for legal professionals practising within the Coroners’ Courts

The Bar Standards Board, with the Solicitors Regulation Authority and CILEx Regulation have outlined new guidelines for solicitors, barristers and CILEx advocates working in the Coroners court.

This includes:

  • A set of competences which spell out the standards expected of lawyers by the regulators and the public
  • Guidance and other resources to help make sure that the standards are met.

These new guidelines have been introduced on the back of concerns about the standards of practice among some lawyers in the Coroner’s Court. The adversarial approach taken by some have been seen as a particular issue that needs addressing.

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