2015

  • 10 December 2015 - The Attorney General, the Rt Hon Jeremy Wright QC MP, guest blogs for BarTalk on the draft Investigatory Powers Bill, which was published last month for pre-legislative scrutiny and public consultation. In his piece, the Attorney General talks about how judicial oversight is a key part of the draft bill and encourages the legal profession to take the time to analyse its contents and have their say.

  • 26 November 2015 - Part time BPTC student and ‘Lawyer in the Making’ blogger, Rebecca Morgan, provides a student’s eye view of the Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference, which took place in October 2015. Read Rebecca’s piece on why events like these are important not only for barristers, but also students.

  • 26 November 2015 - Guy Fetherstonhaugh QC, Chair of the Bar Council's Education and Training Committee, guest blogs for BarTalk about the review of the Pupillage Gateway timetable and why it's important for members, students, chambers and others involved in the pupillage recruitment process to have their say.

  • 12 November 2015 - Open University law graduate and Kennedy Scholar, Amy Woolfson, guest blogs on how the Bar Council can better engage with students and why it matters. Amy covers the importance of developing positive relations with future members and proposes some useful ideas for the Bar Council's consideration.

  • 12 November 2015 - Journalist Louise Tickle - shortlisted for this year’s Bar Council Legal Reporting Awards - explains how Bristol-based barristers, Lucy Reed and Sarah Phillimore of St John’s Chambers, worked pro bono to help her challenge proposed reporting restrictions on a family's struggle to be re-united with their baby that was taken into care at birth. Read Louise's piece and her message of thanks here.

  • 29 October 2015 - Paulette Brown, President of the American Bar Association (ABA), guest blogs for the Bar Council on diversity in the legal profession in the United States. Despite best efforts, racial and ethnic groups, sexual and gender minorities, and lawyers with disabilities continue to be vastly underrepresented. Read how the ABA is aiming to proactively rebuild the nation’s confidence in the justice system.

  • 15 October 2015 - Tunde Okewale, a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers and founder of the Urban Lawyers initiative, guest blogs for the Bar Council on the organisation celebrating its five year anniversary. The award winning organisation, which has supported over 5,000 people, aims to engage young people and stimulate discussion regarding their attitudes towards criminal law, policing and personal responsibility.

  • 1 October 2015 - Amy Woolfson guest blogs for the Bar Council on how she became the first Open University graduate to be awarded a Kennedy Scholarship and attend Harvard Law School and why aspiring barristers should consider studying in the US.