Proposals for radical overhaul of bar practising fee sparks fury

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  • is that all they are complaining about? £1200 for a QC?? Solicitors pay that at all levels! Charge them all the same as solicitors, and an extra £20 for being so moany!

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  • Welcome the the real world. Can't they back date it also?

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  • Is that all they pay?

    They must be laughing at solicitors having to pay so much to the SRA.

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  • How do the barristers plan to revolt?

    Burning their wigs?

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  • The real concern here is not about the charging structure per se, but the lack of any effective mechanism for controlling future escalation in the costs of regulation in the future. Regulation of lawyers seems to become more intrusive, petty-minded and expensive - both for solicitors and barristers -practically year on year, with the LSB doing much to drive up costs, both of itself and the SRA and BSB. What barristers most want is a mechanism to require these costs to come down, or at least always stay the same in real terms. The public sector and most law firms and chambers are working hard to find efficiencies, but the same focus is not shared by the legal regulators, whose costs keep going up despite the wider economic picture.

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  • The £1,202 practising certificate fee for a QC is, as the article quite clearly explains, is the current fee. The Bar Council's proposal is to charge a fee which is far higher, and based on the individual barrister's income. The intended effect is to require individuals at the privately funded bar to provide a subsidy for those at the publicly funded bar. The relatively small privately funded bar will then, in practice, be made to bear the majority of the regulatory cost of the entire profession. That is the nature of the objection. It is not a complaint, as the various anonymous commentators seem to have thought, about £1,202 being too high a fee for a QC to pay. Far from it.

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  • Is there any evidence at all that anyone is planning a "revolt", or is this just a journalistic dream?

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  • It's not comparable to the SRA rates given a solicitor's employer will pay his/her PCF. A few hundred pounds when you're at re publicly funded criminal bar is actually a lot of money. I'm a criminal barrister with a fairly healthy practice. I'm 7 years call. I earn less than a pupil at a top commercial set. I don't agree that the current 'one size fits all' fee scheme is the way forward.

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  • Anon @ 16-Jul-2013 9:11 am

    I am a junior commercial barrister. I don't see why I should subsidise your career choice.

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