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Geoff Clarke QC Geoff Clarke QC of Compass Chambers has passed away.

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A new association has been launched by the Faculty of Advocates to provide a supportive and accessible platform for newer members of the bar. Its first president, Antonia Welsh, explains the details. The junior bar association will focus on the needs of advocates called five years ago or less a

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Proposals on remote hearings advanced by Scottish Civil Justice Council (SCJC) would adversely affect access to justice and the quality of justice, the Faculty of Advocates has said. The Faculty submitted its response to the SCJC Consultation on Mode of Attendance at Court Hearings today. The consul

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The Faculty of Advocates has presented its first annual report on anti-money laundering (AML) supervisory activities. Its publication comes in the wake of new reporting requirements which came into effect for the first time this year. In devising its approach to AML supervision the Faculty carried o

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The nights are drawing in and there’s a definite nip in the air. Winter is on its way, which means so is the season for giving. And while many of us are already looking forward to the festive season, cuts in financial support and rising fuel and food costs mean vulnerable families will struggl

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Advocate Tim Haddow has returned to practice after completing a short mobilisation in his capacity as an officer in the Royal Naval Reserve. As Lieutenant Commander Haddow, he was mobilised to the staff of Commander UK Carrier Strike Group in late July. He deployed to Japan as liaison officer to the

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Plans to exclude juries from rape trials have been rubbished by the Faculty of Advocates. In a submission to Holyrood's Criminal Justice Committee, the Faculty states that many within the legal profession had been accused of being conspiracy theorists when they suggested last year that there was "a

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The Faculty of Advocates is once again supporting Scotland’s annual international crime writing festival, Bloody Scotland, as it returns with a comprehensive programme this weekend that features a host of international and Scottish authors. Restricted to online events only last year due to the

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The Faculty of Advocates and the Scottish Ethnic Minorities Lawyers Association (SEMLA) will be hosting a virtual event on the process of joining the Scottish Bar entitled How to become an Advocate. This event aims to demystify the process of becoming an advocate and will cover topics such as the ad

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The Faculty of Advocates has condemned comments made by the prime minister once again about the legal profession.  Boris Johnson suggested yesterday that "left-wing criminal justice lawyers" act against the public interest.

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To date no issues have been encountered by advocates in relation to the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), the Faculty of Advocates has said. The Faculty was responding to the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) Questionnaire, which sought input on issues arising from the agreement

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Best-selling Scottish crime writer Val MacDermid and Scottish poet and spoken word artist Stephen Watt were among those who read extracts from the Saughton Sonnets at the National Youth Justice Conference today. The Faculty of Advocates is one of the sponsors of the Saughton Sonnets, an anthology of

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Two lawyers have been appointed to director posts at the Faculty of Advocates. Astrid Smart QC of Compass Chambers has been made director of quality assurance while Hugh Olson of Arnot Manderson Advocates will take over as director of training and education in July.

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The supreme authority in the United Kingdom is the rule of law and its application is administered through a balance of the three branches of government and not through attempts by one branch to curb or blunt the role of the others. This was the view of the Faculty of Advocates in its submission to

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