Remuneration & Employed Bar

In our fourth Spotlight, both members of the Bar Council's Remuneration & Employed Bar team share their top three picks of work from the last year, and look ahead to the next. 

Adrian Vincent, Head of Policy: Remuneration and Employed Bar, lists his: 

  • Remuneration assistance: As Executive of the Remuneration Committee, I work closely with barrister and clerk representatives who have expertise across the spectrum of criminal, family and civil - both legal aid and privately funded - and also taxation. The Committee publishes more than twenty guidance documents in the Remuneration section of the Bar Council's  Ethics & Practice Hub. These include handbooks on  Conditional Fee Agreements,   Civil Legal Aidand  Tax

  • Legal aid lobbying: The Advocates' Graduated Fee Scheme pays for legal aid Crown Court defence advocacy. Since joining Bar Council in 2007, I have supported a Bar Working Group which in 2015 proposed a  revised structure and then supported the engagement with the Ministry of Justice, who two weeks ago announced a  new Scheme. The new scheme may be an improved structure, but the chronic underfunding of the criminal justice system is unchanged and the duty to press the Government to address that remains as urgent as ever.   

  • LASPO review: The Government has announced it will be reviewing the impact of the cuts it made to family and civil legal aid in theLegal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. The Bar Council's Remuneration Committee has established a Working Group to engage with the Government during their review, and will attend stakeholder meetings and provide written submissions.  

Emily Timcke, Policy Analyst: Remuneration and Employed Bar, shares hers: 

  • Judicial and QC appointments: I act as Executive of the Employed Barristers Committee and we are keen to promote judicial and silk appointments for the Employed Bar. To highlight the requirements and practical issues around this, BACFI and the Employed Barristers Committee will be hosting a seminar on Thursday 22 March. Please  click here for more information. 

  • Employed Bar film series: Over the last few months, we have been interviewing members of the employed Bar at their places of work and produced a series of short videos. These aim to help students, public, and the wider legal profession to better understand the work of the Employed Bar. Watch the first video in the series here. The next video in the series will showcase the work of barristers in the Royal Navy. 

  • Employed Bar Awards 2018: The second ever Employed Bar Awards will take place this year on 29 June at the Imperial War Museum. We encourage all barristers to nominate an employed barrister for an award in one of the categories before the 27 April deadline.  To buy tickets, please click here - we advise getting your tickets sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment as last year's event sold out! If you or your company are interested in sponsoringthe Awards, please email me. We are grateful to this year's Award sponsors Gray's Inn and Inner Temple. 

Much of this important work by the Bar Council's Policy Team would not be possible without funding from the   Bar Representation Fee (BRF), a £8.34 per month subscription fee. Read more about what BRF funds  here.

Find out about the work of the Bar Council's Remuneration & Employed Bar team.