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QASA - Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates

The Bar's judicial review of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates has been dismissed by Lord Leveson.

He has however made some suggestions to help ensure fairness of the assessment of advocates by the judiciary.

Criminal advocates will need to ensure that they are familiar with the published assessment criteria and handbook which can be downloaded from the QASA website.

The QASA scheme is being rolled out gradually in 2014 across England & Wales. 

The scheme will apply to barristers, solicitors and chartered legal executives.

It may be modified now if the regulators accept the judge's suggestions