2015

  • 17 September 2015 - Representing the Bar Council, Rachel Crasnow QC gave evidence to the Lords Equality Act 2010 and Disability Committee on how expensive fees are denying access to courts, tribunals and mediation for those suffering discrimination at work. Rachel explains how, along with witnesses from the Law Centres Network, the Discrimination Law Association, and the Law Society, she made the case for changes to the current regime.

  • 17 September 2015 - Karen Squibb-Williams from Acorn Chambers guest blogs on why 'one size fits all' training can no longer do justice to the needs of the practising Bar of the future. Given the vast range of specialty areas that employed and self-employed barristers can work in, Karen questions why training is the same across the board and discusses how more comprehensive career choices for new barristers should be made available.

  • 17 September 2015 - Following a big story in Sunday's Observer, Jess Campbell, the Bar Pro Bono Unit Chief Executive, guest blogs for BarTalk to explain why the voluntary work of the Bar is so valuable to those who need it, and makes a compelling case for why you should get involved.

  • 3 September 2015 - Lucinda Orr, Chairman of the Bar Association for Commerce, Finance and Industry (BACFI), guest blogs about the association celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Lucinda goes into detail about the history of BACFI, which was created as an association catering for those barristers not in chambers and practising in commerce and industry.

  • 20 August 2015 - Karim Khalil QC and Andrew Campbell-Tiech QC guest blog for the Bar Council on the recent merger of Drystone Chambers. They share some compelling points from the merger process, which includes the need to diversify, the purpose of a set of chambers, the legal structure of Drystone Chambers, and building trust and confidence.

  • 6 August 2015 - Opportunities for barristers to tender for work in Wales are on the horizon. The National Procurement Service (NPS) for Wales will very shortly be issuing an Invitation to Tender exercise to establish a Legal Services by Barristers Framework Agreement for use by all Welsh Public Sector Organisations (PSOs). With the opportunities to secure these contracts extending beyond the Welsh border to barristers in England, Karen Squibb-Williams, Head of Acorn Chambers, explains what’s involved for those barristers considering bidding for work for the first time

  • 6 August 2015 - Daniel J ShenSmith, co-founder of ShenSmith Barristers, explains how his own experience as a client of direct access barristers impressed him so much that he set up ShenSmith Barristers and deployed new technologies to make life as easy as possible for anyone to tap into the services of a barrister.

  • 23 July 2015 - Inspired to seek a career at the Bar following the Bar Council-backed Bar Mock Trials competition, Will Taylor has been building up his legal experience, but the cost of study is now his biggest challenge.