Results 981–1000 of 1013 for speaker:Baroness Butler-Sloss

Legal Services Bill [HL] (6 Mar 2007)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: I wonder if I can point out to the Minister that I understand very well why "barrister" was not included previously. It was because there was a section dealing with the Inns of Court which set out a definition. But once the section that provides for barristers coming from the Inns of Court is removed, it is necessary at the least to have a definition of "barrister". Otherwise the Bill would...

Legal Services Bill [HL] (6 Mar 2007)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: I endorse and unreservedly support what the noble Lord, Lord Kingsland, has said. I declare an interest as a former Treasurer of the Inner Temple. Having been a Treasurer and a Bencher of that Inn for many years, and having engaged from time to time in the education of students and young barristers, I can attest to the fact that the Inner Temple and the other three Inns do exactly the same...

Courts: Family Cases (28 Feb 2007)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, I declare an interest as a former family judge. The Minister mentioned the importance of the welfare of the child, but having sufficient transparency to maintain public confidence in the courts is also important. It is a difficult balance. If, on conclusion of the Government's review of the consultation paper, the media are allowed to sit in on cases, as I hope they will be, does...

Legal Services Bill [HL] (21 Feb 2007)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: I am not entirely sure that I agree with the noble Lords who have last spoken. It seems to me that what the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, is saying could be rephrased to meet their objections. There is much to be said for identifying, in certain circumstances, habitual offenders. As we were told by the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, only 7 per cent of solicitors out of the whole profession tend to come...

Legal Services Bill [HL] (21 Feb 2007)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: I support the noble Lords, Lord Whitty and Lord Kingsland. It does not matter much which of their amendments would apply, but quite a lot of people are not accustomed to dealing with courts; they find the whole process of litigation disturbing and upsetting. If they start by having to go through the whole procedure set out in the Bill—it will be an excellent procedure—and are given an...

Legal Services Bill [HL] (21 Feb 2007)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: To assist the Minister, can I suggest that some word such as "exceptionally" be put in? I would not have thought that it would be a general power, but there would be rare cases. The knowledge that there was the rare case might be an incentive to those who did not want to obey. They would know that it was not just a poor little old lady who had to try to go to court. The whole panoply of the...

Legal Services Bill [HL] (21 Feb 2007)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: If we are not to have recourse to the High Court other than by judicial review, it makes it the more important to leave the figure at £20,000 and not to make it any greater.

Legal Services Bill [HL] (21 Feb 2007)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: I have 35 years' experience as a family judge and 15 years' experience as barrister before it, much of it in family proceedings. Family cases are highly emotional and very unhappy for those who engage in them. It is almost impossible to be objective about your own family problem. Whether in public law or in private law, the distress caused to litigants is enormous. Almost all litigants go...

Legal Services Bill [HL] (21 Feb 2007)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: Is the Minister actually saying to us that she is leaving to the OLC the power to charge an utterly innocent respondent from what will be an unfounded accusation? That seems to be the bottom line of what she has just said.

Legal Services Bill [HL] (21 Feb 2007)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: Perhaps I may look at the other side of the situation. I totally understand what lies behind the amendment proposed by the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, but, if the Committee were to approve it, it is important that the second part of what he said should be taken into account also. There are unscrupulous lawyers, but there are also unscrupulous complainants. It is important that the concept lying...

Legal Services Bill [HL] (6 Feb 2007)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: What is the difference in principle between buying in the expertise and delegating it? Why is it necessary to have a one-size-fits-all approach? The difference between delegation and buying in is cost, and very little else.

Legal Services Bill [HL] (6 Feb 2007)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: I support the noble Lord, Lord Kingsland. He rather stole the words that I might have used, which I used previously. Of course, I declare an interest as having been at the Bar and a judge. He made the point that there is no question about the high standards of the Bar. I am very concerned about the hybrid nature of the complaints that will come to the OLC. Some will be on discipline; some...

Legal Services Bill [HL] (6 Feb 2007)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: I am concerned whether, if we start a scheme such as alternative business structures, it will be realistic to be able to bring it to an end. I do not see how one could start something like this. We had the example of the CFO; no one has really suggested that that should come to an end. I wonder whether it is realistic, either by having a pilot scheme or the admirable suggestion of monitoring...

Legal Services Bill [HL] (6 Feb 2007)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: I wonder whether the Minister might consider between now and Third Reading the possibility of the words "access to justice", but in a slightly different form.

Legal Services Bill [HL] (6 Feb 2007)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: I do not mean a different form of access to justice. I respectfully agree with the noble and learned Lord, Lord Mackay of Clashfern, that it did not seem at all to be an overarching phrase, but, if the Minister sees it as such, there are other ways of using the same words that would get what we are all asking for without necessarily offending the relevant government department.

Legal Services Bill [HL] (6 Feb 2007)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: I underline and endorse what the two previous noble Lords had to say about rural areas, particularly what is said in paragraph 324 of the House of Commons and House of Lords report on the draft Legal Services Bill, to which the noble Lord, Lord Hunt, referred. I spend quite a lot of my time in the West Country, which is a rather less well off area of England where the absence of legal aid is...

Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill [HL] (31 Jan 2007)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, I wonder whether before the Minister replies I might just add a few words in support of the noble and learned Lord, Lord Lloyd of Berwick. I entirely agree with all the previous speakers. I add only that I do not think that it would be very difficult to find phraseology that would permit of deputies approved by the Lord Chief Justice or the judge in charge of the administration of...

Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Bill [HL] (26 Jan 2007)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, I declare an interest. As a former judge, I tried cases that contained elements of forced marriage. I strongly support the Bill. I pay tribute to the speeches of the noble Lords, Lord Lester and Lord Carlile, with which I entirely agree, as I agree with all the other speeches that have so far been given in this House. I am aware that the Bill is strongly supported by the NSPCC, the...

Legal Services Bill [HL] (22 Jan 2007)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: I am not entirely sure how appropriate it is to put forward ideas which do not come within the existing amendments. However, I hope that the Minister might consider a possible alternative under Clause 31, headed "Directions". I suggest that subsection (1)(a) should read, "that an act or omission of an approved regulator is likely to have an adverse impact". If one could ask the board to take...

Legal Services Bill [HL] (22 Jan 2007)

Baroness Butler-Sloss: I want to pick up on what the noble Lord, Lord Brennan, said because it is not part of the amendment, but refers to a later group—the word "significant". I totally take on board what the Minister said—that an individual regulatory objective may have been so clearly breached that action must be taken. But one clearly has to take into account the general functions of the board under Clause...


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