Contributing Writers

  • 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.

  • 23 July 2015 - Bar Council Policy Analyst, Averil Sessions, guest blogs on the successful Young Barristers Wellbeing Seminar, which took place on 29 June. The seminar aimed to help members of the young Bar identify and deal with work-related stress and its often unwelcome consequences.

  • 9 July 2015 - The Chancellor of the Exchequer presented his first Summer Budget to Parliament yesterday since the election. Tax barrister Richard Sowler TD provides a useful round-up of all the key points announced in yesterday's speech.

  • 9 July 2015 - Michael Jones, member of the Bar Council’s Young Barrister’s Committee, guest blogs for the Bar Council on the the Advocacy Training Council’s Advocate’s Gateway International Conference, which took place on 20 June 2015. The aim of the conference was addressing vulnerability within the justice system.

  • 14 May 2015 - Osman Osman of 25 Bedford Row gives his first-hand account of the recent Bar Council-led trade mission to Kazakhstan. In his guest blog, Osman highlights the opportunities for the England & Wales Bar of strengthening ties with the Central Asian country’s legal sector, including plans to diversify its already strong economy, but to jointly develop professional values and standards, and the rule of law.