Guest blog: Bringing back trials: A look behind the scenes

Iain MacDonald, Chair of the Bar Council’s Restarting Criminal Justice Working Group gives an exclusive look behind the scenes into the work of the group and the options for bringing back jury trials safely and quickly.

  • 14 May 2020
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Young Bar blog: Supporting the Young Bar During Covid-19: Part Four

Read the latest update from Katherine Duncan & Joanne Kane, Chair and Vice-Chair of the Bar Council's Young Barristers’ Committee (YBC) on why young barristers need to take action to protect chambers from financial collapse and back a new campaign

  • 14 May 2020
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Guest blog: Shielding the Rule of Law from the effects of Covid-19

Steven Thompson QC, Chair of the Bar Council’s International Committee

  • 30 April 2020
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Guest blog: Covid-19, Anti Money Laundering Measures and Customer Due Diligence

Christopher Convey, Chair of the Bar Council’s Money Laundering Working Group

  • 30 April 2020
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Young Bar blog: Supporting the Young Bar During Covid-19: Part 3

Katherine Duncan and Joanne Kane, Chair and Vice-Chair respectively of the Bar Council's Young Barristers’ Committee (YBC)

  • 30 April 2020
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Guest blog: Susan Acland-Hood, CEO, HMCTS - Uniting to tackle coronavirus in our courts and tribunals

Susan Acland-Hood, Chief Executive, HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS), guest blogs for BarTalk on how HMCTS is in constant dialogue with the Bar and others to make sure the courts and tribunals keep running despite the Covid-19 crisis.

  • 16 April 2020
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Young Bar blog: Supporting the Young Bar during COVID-19 Part 2

Read the latest update from Katherine Duncan & Joanne Kane, Chair and Vice-Chair of the Young Barristers’ Committee (YBC) on their progress to ensure the safety of young barristers and pupils during the times of COVID-19

  • 2 April 2020
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Young Bar blog: Supporting the Young Bar during COVID-19

Katherine Duncan & Joanne Kane, Chair and Vice-Chair of the Young Barristers’ Committee (YBC) share how they work to ensure the safety of young barristers and pupils during the times of COVID-19

  • 26 March 2020
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Guest blog: Susan Acland-Hood, CEO, HM Courts & Tribunals Service - Unprecedented times

Susan Acland-Hood, CEO, HM Courts & Tribunals Service, blogs exclusively for BarTalk on the latest developments in the courts to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic

  • 19 March 2020
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Young Bar blog: Pupillage Interview Advice - the Best Things in Life are Free

Aspiring barristers shouldn't have to pay for help when preparing for pupillage interviews, says the Bar Council's Young Barristers' Committee

  • 13 March 2020
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Guest blog: Social mobility – does Oxbridge matter?

Stuart Jessop, barrister at 6 Pump Court blogs on whether his polytechnic background was a benefit or a barrier to gaining pupillage and whether the Bar needs to look more closely on whether it recruits on potential or on other factors such as age, race, gender, what school or university you went to

  • 4 March 2020
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Young Bar blog: Elevating publicly available legal resources: The Legal Design Sprint

Joanne Kane, Vice Chair of the Bar Council's Young Barristers' Committee (YBC) looks in more detail at 'legal design sprints'

  • 4 March 2020
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Regulating legal services: justice, not simplicity is the goal

The Bar Council’s Melanie Mylvaganam, Policy Manager: Regulatory Affairs, Law Reform and Ethics and Eleanore Hughes, Policy Analyst: Regulatory Affairs, Law Reform and Ethics, give an overview of the issues discussed at a recent forum.

  • 4 March 2020
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Five things we did in February 2020

See a snapshot of the Bar Council's work in our feature "Five things the Bar Council did” and read the top five picks from February

  • 4 March 2020
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Learning to Mediate: A View from the Bar Council

The Bar Council’s Head of Services, Carolyn Entwistle, and Policy Analyst, Stuart McMillan, recently attended The Society of Mediators’ Foundation Mediation course to better understand the place of mediation in today’s legal market.

  • 4 March 2020
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Guest blog: Solicitor General, Rt Hon Michael Ellis QC MP - Legal education can empower young people

Teaching young people about the law will create a more empowered generation

  • 26 February 2020
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Five things we did in January 2020

See a snapshot of the Bar Council's work in our feature "Five things the Bar Council did” and read the top five picks from January

  • 20 February 2020
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Legal Tech: Gamechanger or ethical dilemma?

Bar Council policy experts Melanie Mylvaganam and Stuart McMillan discuss the ethical and regulatory implications of the introduction of AI into the legal market, as well as the potential dangers.

  • 6 February 2020
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Young Bar blog: Supporting newcomers and preparing for our annual workshop

Katherine Duncan, Chair of the Bar Council's Young Barristers' Committee, blogs on what the YBC has in store for newcomers to the profession in 2020

  • 6 February 2020
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Guest blog: Lawyers in danger

Patrick Duffy, barrister and member of the Bar Council's International Committee, blogs ahead of the Day of the Endangered Lawyer (Friday 24 January) on why the dangers lawyers face in Pakistan and elsewhere across the world has consequences for the rule of law.

  • 23 January 2020
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The Young Barristers’ Committee vision for 2020

The Young Barristers’ Committee vision for 2020

  • 9 January 2020
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End of year highlights (Legal Practice and Remuneration)

End of year round-up of highlights from the Legal Practice and Remuneration Policy team.

  • 12 December 2019
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End of year highlights (International)

End of year round-up of highlights from the International Policy team.

  • 12 December 2019
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End of year highlights (Law Reform, Regulatory Affairs & Ethics)

End of year round-up of highlights from the Law Reform, Regulatory Affairs and Ethics Policy team.

  • 12 December 2019
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Guest blog: New client care letter and other news for Public Access barristers

Andrew Granville Stafford, member of the Bar Council, the Bar Council Ethics Committee and Chair of the Bar Council’s Direct Access Panel, blogs on new developments that public access barristers need to be aware of, including a new client care letter.

  • 12 December 2019
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End of year highlights (Diversity & Inclusion and CSR)

End of year round-up of highlights from the Diversity & Inclusion and CSR Policy team (which includes Education, Young Bar and Employed Bar).

  • 12 December 2019
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Guest blog: how the arbitration world can learn from civil procedure

The winner of this year’s Bar Council Law Reform essay competition, Penny Tridimas, guest blog on how the world of arbitration could learn from civil procedure to overcome shortcomings

  • 28 November 2019
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Guest blog: Karen Safo on making the Bar more inclusive

Barrister-at-law Karen Safo on what you can do to foster inclusion at the Bar

  • 14 November 2019
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Black History Month blog: “There are still relatively few of us”

Barrister Miranda Grell of 10 King’s Bench Walk Chambers guest blogs for BarTalk in Black History Month on the progress as well as the remaining challenges in diversity at the Bar.

  • 31 October 2019
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Black History Month blog: How we benefit from bringing Black History Month into the workplace

Abimbola Johnson, barrister at 25 Bedford Row, writes in BarTalk on why it is important for non-black members of the profession to consider how they view Black History Month, particularly if their workplace and social circle is not particularly diverse.

  • 31 October 2019
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Black History Month blog: It is about inclusion and belonging

Karen Safo, barrister at law and human rights activist, asks in her guest blog for BarTalk whether initiatives aimed at diversifying the profession are enough and that becoming a barrister is about feeling included and a sense of belonging

  • 31 October 2019
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#IAmTheBar guest blog: Social mobility and valuing how you are different

Mass Ndow-Njie, pupil barrister at the Government Legal Department, blogs about valuing what makes you different to secure pupillage.

  • 3 October 2019
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Guest blog: My year as a Social Mobility Advocate

Barrister and 2018 Bar Council Social Mobility Advocate, Natasha Shotunde explains how the ‘I Am the Bar’ campaign was just the beginning in promoting equality and making the profession more accessible

  • 3 October 2019
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Guest blog: UK government must prioritise legal rights of migrants in France

Axis Solicitors take a look at the latest developments in Calais for migrants, many of whom are asylum seekers trying to reach the UK, and how their rights need to be taken into account.

  • 1 September 2019
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Guest blog: How will the UK immigration system cope with no deal Brexit?

Immigration solicitor Anne Morris and barrister Patrick Lewis ask how UK immigration reform and a no deal Brexit will be achievable when the Home Office and immigration courts are already struggling under the current status quo

  • 22 August 2019
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Guest blog: Legal blogging pilot - how you can get involved

Transparency Project blogs for the Bar Council on how a new pilot is taking place which will allow lawyers to attend court “for journalistic, research or public legal educational purposes”.

  • 22 August 2019
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Guest blog: The Not-so Secret Barrister

"The reason I want to be a barrister is this: the feeling of being able to guide people through what will probably be the highest highs of their lives, or their lowest lows"

  • 14 July 2019
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Guest blog: Improving the way barristers get paid in civil and family cases

The Legal Aid Agency’s (LAA) Antony Leal guest blogs for BarTalk on the progress made in key meetings between the LAA, the Bar Council and Family Law Bar Association

  • 11 July 2019
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The Bar 'what' fee?

What's in a name? Commercial Director Dr Isabel DiVanna is looking for a new, more appropriate name for the Bar Representation Fee (BRF)

  • 27 June 2019
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Red Lion Chambers & #IAmTheBar 'open doors' to the Bar

Highlights from the first of an innovative approach to making the profession more socially mobile

  • 13 June 2019
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Strengthening the Bar through research

New approach to gaining insights to the Bar

  • 29 May 2019
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Guest blog: Susan Acland-Hood, Chief Executive of HMCTS

Susan Acland-Hood, Chief Executive of HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) on working with the Bar Council on improving court security and easier access for legal professionals

  • 16 May 2019
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Guest blog: New transparency rules imminent

Andrew Granville Stafford, Chair of the Direct Access Panel blogs on the new BSB rules aiming to improve transparency in the areas of price, service and redress for the benefit of barristers’ clients.

  • 15 May 2019
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Thank you from the Bar Council

Dr Isabel DiVanna, Commercial Director at the Bar Council explains why the support barristers have pledged to the Bar Council is so important.

  • 2 May 2019
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Guest blog: From words to action: diversity at the Bar

Radcliffe Chambers barrister Kate Selway tells us about a new chambers diversity initiative which she helped to develop and which recently won “Bar diversity and inclusion initiative of the year” at this year’s Diversity Legal Awards.

  • 18 April 2019
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Guest blog: New Domestic Abuse Bill fails to protect migrants

J.S. von Dacre of the Immigration Advice Service guest blogs for the Bar Council on the government’s new Domestic Abuse Bill and gives an analysis of the protections the Bill provides for refugee and migrant victims of domestic abuse.

  • 18 April 2019
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Guest blog: Julia Lowis on human rights in Colombia

An international delegation of lawyers led by the Colombia Caravana (UK), coordinated with the Bar Human Rights Committee (England & Wales) and the Faculty of Advocates' Human Rights and Rule of Law Committee (Scotland), supported by the Alliance for Lawyers at Risk, is in Colombia this week to observe final hearings in the case 'Los Doce Apostoles'. The victim's family are represented by Daniel Prado Albarracin, a Colombian human rights lawyer who has represented families of enforced disappearance since the early 1990s.

  • 4 April 2019
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What does the Bar Council do for you? FAQs

Carolyn Entwistle, the Bar Council's Head of Services to the Bar, answers questions about the work of the Bar Council

  • 21 March 2019
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Employment spotlight: New Quay HR

New Quay HR highlight what barristers’ chambers need to watch out for in 2019

  • 7 March 2019
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20 chambers sign up to new-look Ambassadors scheme

Get your chambers’ views heard by the Bar Council

  • 7 March 2019
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Barristers look to run London

Barrister and social mobility advocate James Keeley and four other Middle Templers are running London

  • 7 March 2019
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Guest blog: Breaking down barriers to the Bar

Law Fairs: a guest blog by Rose Malleson, Policy Assistant, Bar Council

  • 20 February 2019
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Guest blog: Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Shadow Minister for Security & Solicitor General

Legal professional privilege at our borders

  • 7 February 2019
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IT Panel blog: The players on the data protection stage

GDPR blog: Chapter One

  • 7 February 2019
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Bar Representation Fee (BRF): Are you renewing your BRF in 2019?

We want to know what we can do to encourage you to keep supporting our work for years to come, says Dr Isabel DiVanna, the Bar Council’s Commercial Director.

  • 24 January 2019
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Five minutes with...Athena Markides, 2019 Chair of the Young Barristers' Committee

Athena Markides, Chair of the Young Barristers' Committee of the Bar Council, answers 5 questions on her thoughts around women at the Bar and her own professional icon.

  • 10 January 2019
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Chair & Vice Chair of the Bar: The Next 100 Years

In their first blog as new leaders of the Bar, Chair of the Bar Richard Atkins QC and Vice Chair Amanda Pinto QC jointly launch the 100th edition of BarTalk and explain why the centenary – and gender equality – matters to the whole Bar.

  • 10 January 2019
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Guest blog: Postcard from Australia - Kate Eastman SC

Australian perspectives of the first 100 years

  • 10 January 2019
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Five minutes with...Dana Denis-Smith, Founder, First 100 Years

Five minutes with Dana Denis-Smith, Founder of the First 100 Years Project

  • 10 January 2019
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Guest blog: Lucy Frazer QC MP, Justice Minister

Thoughts on the 100th year of women in law

  • 10 January 2019
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A global mission: Championing women in the fight for human rights

Dominic Boothroyd of the Bar Human Rights Committee shares a summary of BHRC's session, of which Baroness Helena Kennedy QC was a panel member, at the 2018 Annual Bar & Young Bar Conference.

  • 10 January 2019
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Three levers to pull in 2019

Sam Mercer, the Bar Council’s Head of Equality & Diversity and CSR, sets out three initiatives the Bar Council will be focusing on in 2019 to support the profession in becoming a more diverse Bar in the future.

  • 10 January 2019
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Rachel Culverhouse-Wilson, Pupil barrister at the NMC

Employed Bar blog article

  • 1 January 2019
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Rebecca Richardson, Barrister at the NMC

Employed Bar blog article

  • 1 January 2019
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Jamie Hunt, Barrister at ACCA

Employed Bar blog article

  • 1 January 2019
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IT Panel blog: Data protection: The introduction.

IT Panel blog: GDPR for the Bar (revisited): Data protection, the introduction

  • 20 December 2018
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Guest blog: What the extra £15m for our courts will be invested in

Susan Acland-Hood, Chief Executive, HM Courts & Tribunals Service, guest blogs for the Bar Council on why the £15m extra investment from the Treasury is so essential for improving the conditions in court buildings.

  • 20 December 2018
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IT Panel blog: An introduction to an introduction. The latest play in the data protection series

The Bar Council's IT Panel revists GDPR

  • 20 December 2018
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International Human Rights Day: Alex Haines

70 years ago today, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The principles enshrined in the Declaration are as relevant today as there were in 1948, and the Bar Council will continue to voice its concerns and advocate on behalf of lawyers whose human rights are in peril.

  • 10 December 2018
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Guest blog: Lucy Frazer QC MP, Justice Minister

Testing early and late sittings in civil and family courts

  • 22 November 2018
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Guest blog: To our members, we are the fourth emergency service

Cathryn McGahey QC, Vice Chair of the Bar Council Ethics Committee and member of Temple Garden Chambers, on the importance of the Ethical Enquiries Service

  • 8 November 2018
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Justice Week blog: Why do 'Justice Week'?

If you were wondering why and how Justice Week came about, this short blog by Sam Mercer, who is one of the organisers, explains the origins and thinking behind this new initiative.

  • 5 November 2018
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Justice Week blog: Westminster Hall debate

Timed to coincide with Justice Week, MPs considered the future of legal aid in a Westminster Hall debate, led by barrister Andy Slaughter MP on Thursday. This was a better and more informed examination of legal funding than many previous debates: a welcome move beyond the usual party knockabout.

  • 5 November 2018
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Justice Week blog: Round-up of Bar Council events

Monday night of Justice Week kicked off with a panel of journalists, PR and comms professionals tasked with explaining to the legal sector how its campaigning on justice issues could be improved. “A little less Latin, a little more real-world outcomes” was the assessment from 38 Degrees Campaign Director Laura Townshend.

  • 5 November 2018
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Justice Week blog: Repossession and access to justice

Clare Anslow and Morayo Fagborun Bennett, Property Bar Association

  • 2 November 2018
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Justice Week blog: What next for leaseholders?

Cecily Crampin, Property Bar Association member

  • 1 November 2018
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Justice Week blog: Property fraud

Henry Webb, Treasurer, Property Bar Association

  • 31 October 2018
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Justice Week blog: Justice and Grenfell

Guest blog: Simon Allison, Secretary of the Property Bar Association

  • 30 October 2018
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Justice Week blog: Law Reform, the Broken Partnership

Joanne Wicks QC, Chair of the Property Bar Association

  • 29 October 2018
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Guest blog: Black History Month at the Bar: “We have miles and miles to go”

Barrister Desiree Artesi looks at whether the Bar has much to celebrate in Black History Month and what barristers can do to make a difference from today.

  • 25 October 2018
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To pay or not to pay?

The Bar Representation Fee (BRF) and the Bar

  • 25 October 2018
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Political lobbying and the Bar Representation Fee (BRF) – have you paid?

Dr Isabel DiVanna, Commercial Director at the Bar Council explains how the organisation funds its lobbying work?

  • 11 October 2018
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Guest blog: Why get Public Access Accredited with the Bar Council?

Why get Public Access Accredited with the Bar Council?

  • 24 September 2018
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Guest blog: All FRU needs is love

David Abbott, Chief Executive of the Free Representation Unit (FRU) explains why the work of the Unit is vital for access to justice and the Bar.

  • 13 September 2018
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Guest blog: Have legal directories changed and do they meet the needs of the Bar?

With the directories season looming, MD Communications looks at whether today’s directories are keeping up with the changing legal sector, and what chambers can do to meet the developing landscape.

  • 30 August 2018
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Guest blog: Another blow to the Ministry of Justice on legal aid

Anthony Speaight QC of 4 Pump Court blogs on the latest case against the Ministry of Justice which went against the department, this time in relation to Very High Cost Cases.

  • 30 August 2018
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What has the Bar Council ever done for me?

Represent, promote, support

  • 26 July 2018
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Changing the image of the Bar

KCL Bar & Mooting Society’s Diversity Series

  • 26 July 2018
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Social mobility in practice: Bar Placement Scheme testimonial

As part of the Bar Placement Scheme, Aisha Warsame spent three and a half days at a large commercial set of chambers, 4 New Square, shadowing barrister Stephen Innes. These are her thoughts on the experience, together with a Q&A that she conducted with Stephen.

  • 19 July 2018
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Representing the Representatives: The Young Barristers’ Committee and the Bar Council

Guest blog from the Bar Council's Young Barristers' Committee

  • 12 July 2018
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Young Barristers' Committee blog: The 21st Century Advocate

Highlights of what to expect at this years' Young Bar Annual Workshop 2018.

  • 31 May 2018
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Guest blog: Show me the money

Ramona Derbyshire and Amanda Richardson of Thrings LLP look at whether the introduction of the Bar Council's standard contractual terms of business was a good thing.

  • 30 May 2018
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Guest blog: Are you ready for the electric revolution?

Vehicle finance specialists Mann Island looks at how the Diesel era is over and the electric car revolution is the future.

  • 29 May 2018
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IT Panel blog: GDPR Chapter 10 - Epilogue

The Bar Council IT Panel's latest GDPR blog

  • 19 April 2018
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Guest blog: Why the Bar Council Ethical Enquiries Service must continue

Susan Grocott QC of the Bar Council’s Ethics Committee and barrister at blogs on why the Bar Council’s Ethical Enquiries Service is so essential and must continue in order to support barristers in practice.

  • 5 April 2018
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IT Panel blog: May – the month, not the politician - is almost upon us

IT Panel GDPR blog: Chapter 9

  • 22 March 2018
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IT Panel blog: What happens when it all goes wrong - The Melodrama Part 2

The Bar Council IT Panel's latest GDPR blog

  • 8 March 2018
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Guest blog: Prime Minister’s Brexit Speech: Analysis by the Bar

Brexit Working Group Members Philip Moser QC and Evanna Fruithof analyse the Prime Minister's recent Brexit speech from the Bar's perspective

  • 8 March 2018
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Guest blog: Lord Dyson - Justice: Continuity and change

Former Master of the Rolls, Lord Dyson, guest blogs for the Bar Council on the range of topics covered in his new book Justice: Continuity and Change, a selection of the many lectures and speeches he gave during his career as a judge.

  • 8 March 2018
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