Aim 3 - Ensuring sustainability

The privately-funded Bar continues to thrive. It makes a very significant contribution to the UK economy. The publicly-funded Bar, in contrast, is under great pressure. A combination of market forces and changes to legal aid has led to a marked reduction in both business and income levels, to the point where specialising in publicly-funded work will become difficult.

  • We will encourage potential barristers and new entrants to the Bar to develop areas of practice which are most closely suited to their capabilities and skills and the availability of suitable work

  • We will encourage members of the Bar to invest in their future by promoting training and development in acquiring the capabilities and skills needed by barristers in the future to enable them to develop financially rewarding and sustainable careers, whether publicly or privately-funded, and

  • We will secure development, counselling and support services for those at the Bar who are considering a career change from the practising Bar, to enable them to make the best use of their experience, capabilities and skills.