Contributing Writers

  • 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.

  • 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.