Consultations

2 important consultations open at present, both affecting the family bar:

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Reforming The Legal Aid Family Barrister Scheme, which can be found here. Open until 10 Sept and essentially proposing three different ways of slashing the fees which family barristers will be paid, none of which looks an attractive prospect : cut base fees (and therefore reduce real terms value of percentage based uplifts such as special issue payments (SIPs) and bundle uplifts), abolish / reduce SIPS. or abolish / reduce bundle uplifts and special prep fees.

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 Review of The Public Access Rules (Bar Standards Board) closing 3 July which can be found here. This is largely relevant to the family bar because it may present an opportunity to relax the existing rules to allow barristers to practice collaborative law.

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