Solicitors to shun advocacy as criminal barristers strike

Harris, Joanne
September 2005
Lawyer;9/19/2005, Vol. 19 Issue 36, p1
Trade Publication
Suggests that British solicitors will refuse to carry out advocacy in criminal cases during the forthcoming criminal bar strike, even if a court demands that they appear. Instruction issued by the Law Society to solicitors on not acting or continuing to act, if a client cannot be represented with competence or diligence; Power of a solicitor to refuse to appear in a court trial or at a plea and case management hearing if a solicitor is not qualified as an advocate, or if the client's instructions did not include appearance as an advocate, and case management hearing; Guidance issued by the Law Society to solicitors in anticipation of the criminal barristers' October 2005 strike.


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