Young Barristers' Committee

Executive
Onyeka Onyekwelu

Chairman
Louisa Nye - Landmark Chambers

Vice Chairman
Duncan McCombe - Maitland Chambers

Members
Almas Ben-Aribia - No 1 High Pavement
Tom Cockroft - 3 Temple Gardens
Elisabeth Cooper -St Johns Buildings
Diana Deju - Government Legal Department
Helena Duong - 23 Essex Street
Rhys Evans - 30 Park Place
Shiv Haria-Shah - Fulcrum Chambers
James Holmes - 1 Gray's Inn Square
Richard Hoyle - Essex Court Chambers
Ruth Hughes - 5 Stone Buildings
Michael Jones - Dean's Court Chambers
Rupert Jones - Citadel Chambers
James Juggapah - BPP University
Athena Markides - Crown Office Chambers
Lisa McCormick - KBW Chambers
Francesca O'Neill - 1 Chancery Lane
Charlotte Pope-Williams - Bank of England
Sam Roake - Charter Chambers
Kate Rogers - St Philips Chambers
Benjamin Seifert - Drystone Chambers
Sunyana Sharma - 3PB London
Abigail Telford - Parklane Plowden
Andrew Venables - 2-3 Hind Court
Mark Watson - 187 Fleet Street
Thea Wilson - 12 King's Bench Walk  

The Terms of Reference are:

a. To advise the representative committees of the Bar Council and their sub­committees on all matters which appear to the Young Barristers' Committee to be of particular concern to young barristers, or upon which advice is sought by other representative committees or sub­committees of the Bar Council, and to liaise with the BSB on such matters as necessary

b. To take such steps as seem likely to promote the interests of the Young Bar having regard to the interests of the Bar as whole, and

c. To elect a Chair and Vice-­Chair amongst their number.  

About the YBC

The Young Barristers’ Committee (YBC) is one of the main representative Committees of The General Council of the Bar.

Led by a Chair and Vice-Chair, it comprises elected members of the Bar Council (employed and self-employed barristers) under seven years’ Call as well as barristers who are co-opted to ensure representation from different practice areas and all Circuits.

It currently has over 20 members, employed and self-employed, specialising in civil, criminal and regulatory work, from both in and out of London. The Committee meets six times a year.

Role and responsibilities 

  • To promote and represent the interests of the young Bar within the Bar Council and beyond to advise the representative committees of the Bar Council on all matters of concern to young barristers and to liaise with the Bar Standards Board, including on such matters as:
  • Training and entry to the Bar 
  • Pupillage
  • Fees and public funding
  • Practice management 
  • Regulatory and rule changes, and
  • Equality and diversity

 

Other activities

The YBC:

  • Meets with officials in Government including the Lord Chancellor, the Attorney-General and Director of Public Prosecutions, to ensure the concerns of the young Bar are aired at the most senior levels.
     
  • Hosts an annual Young Bar Conference. Past keynote speakers have included Lord Justice Moses and Oliver Heald QC MP. 
  • Managing and updating the Young Bar Hub and Toolkit, providing practical online help on building a practice, working within Chambers or as a newly qualified employed barrister, handling financial affairs and tax, and work-life balance at the Bar www.youngbarhub.com 
     
  • Organises a regular series of seminars on topics of interest to the young Bar. Seminars scheduled in 2016 will focus on headline topics of the Young Bar Toolkit (building and managing a practice; finance; the employed bar; and Wellbeing). 
  • Takes part, on behalf of the young Bar, in International Weekend, held annually in London. The event is organised jointly by the Law Society’s Young Lawyers’ Division, the YBC, the London Young Lawyers Group and the EYBA and affords an opportunity for young lawyers in the UK to network with young lawyers from Europe and beyond.
  • Organises international exchange programmes, including the annual 'Anglo-Dutch Exchange', organised jointly with the Junior Lawyers' Division of the Law Society and young lawyers practising in the Netherlands.
  • Hosting the Committee’s annual young barristers’ dinner. All members of the young Bar are invited to attend what is hoped will be a fun, relaxed evening with good food and good company, and an opportunity to engage with fellow members of the profession. 

2016 meeting dates

15 January 2016

26 February 2016

7 April 2016

20 May 2016

14 July 2016

16 September 2016

4 November 2016 

Keeping in touch

If there are issues that you feel are of concern to the young Bar and should be considered by the YBC, please email us.

Conferences

The YBC hosts an annual conference for members of the Bar under 10 years' Call as well as for BPTC students.  Organisation of this year's event are still underway, and details are yet to be announced. 

Seminars

The YBC host seminars during the year, aimed to cover specific issues and areas of law of interest to members of the young Bar. Organisation of this year's events are still underway, and details are yet to be announced.