Young Bar Chairman tells young barristers "United, we stand, divided we fall" ahead of Annual Conference

4 October 2013

The Bar Council's Young Barristers' Committee (YBC), which represents barristers of up to seven years' Call in England and Wales, will host the 10th annual Young Bar Conference this Saturday (5 October), focusing on delivering excellent advocacy in a time of significant change for the Bar.  

Entitled 'United we stand', the 2013 Young Bar Conference will bring together pupils and young barristers from across England and Wales from a wide range of practice areas, to discuss issues affecting the young Bar and to encourage young practitioners to adapt and survive in the face of legal aid cuts. The conference coincides with the release of the annual Young Bar Magazine 2013 which covers a wide range of issues affecting the young Bar apart from remuneration questions.

Hannah Kinch, Chairman of the Young Barristers' Committee 2013 said:

"Despite the considerable differences in the way barristers from different practice areas may work, the service that the Bar delivers is the same; excellence in advocacy and excellence in advisory work, whatever the forum in which it is ultimately deployed.  Whether our client is rich or poor, a British National or a foreign National, an individual or an arm of the state, our commitment to them remains the same; we all strive to promote and fearlessly protect their best interests by proper and lawful means; it is because of this that barristers play an integral part of the system of open, transparent justice, that is recognised, admired and aspired to all the world over. 

"Despite the differences in our practices, we all have an interest in ensuring the Bar as a whole continues to thrive, because the knock on effects of any one section not surviving affects and undermines not just the rest of the Bar, but the whole of the justice system.  United, we stand, divided we fall. "

There will be keynote speeches from:

  • Lord Justice Moses, Court of Appeal Judge

  • Oliver Heald QC MP, Solicitor General, and

  • Alistair MacDonald QC, Vice Chairman-Elect of the Bar Council.

The Conference will also include advocacy workshops on vulnerable witnesses, family and civil law and the employed Bar. There will also be workshops on ethics in civil, crime and family practice areas. The day will conclude with a plenary session encouraging debate on topical issues affecting the young Bar.


Notes to Editors

1. The  2013 Young Bar Conference will take place on Saturday 4 October from 08:45 to 17:15 at The Hotel Russell, Russell Square, London WC1B 5BE. More information about the programme can be found here.

2. Accredited journalists who wish to attend should contact Deeba Syed on 079 8357 6891 or email

3. The Young Bar Magazine 2013 can be found here

4. Further information from the Bar Council Press Office on 020 7222 2525.

5. The Bar Council represents barristers in England and Wales. It promotes:

  • The Bar's high quality specialist advocacy and advisory services

  • Fair access to justice for all

  • The highest standards of ethics, equality and diversity across the profession, and

  • The development of business opportunities for barristers at home and abroad.

The General Council of the Bar is the Approved Regulator of the Bar of England and Wales. It discharges its regulatory functions through the independent Bar Standards Board.