The 10,000 Interns Foundation provides paid internships for Black students and graduates through the 10,000 Black Interns (10KBI) Programme. The exposure to life at the Bar from an array of perspectives has proven to be invaluable to interns. Here, some of 2023’s interns share their thoughts and reflections on their experiences.
An interview with Sharon Blackman OBE, Head of FX Legal at Citi and Corinna McClune, Citi's Sanctions, AML and Anti-Bribery Counsel and Senior Vice President.
The Bar Council has been exploring the question of chambers management and regulation. Our Director of Services, Carolyn Entwistle, outlines the background and the steps that we are taking to improve our support in this area.
The annual International Bar Association’s (IBA) Conference, held this year in Paris from 29 October to 3 November, is the leading conference for legal professionals. This blog explores key highlights and takeaways from the week.
What is the Bar in the Community initiative? Learn about how it works, and why you should get involved.
Family barrister Sarah Philimore writes about the difficulties of pro bono work, from keeping schemes afloat to lawyers’ objections and even hostility towards pro bono work.
Jo Brown, of 4PB, reveals that while undertaking pro bono work can be a ‘run of the mill’ small commitment, the impact for the client can be immeasurable.
Barrister Karl Anderson discusses his experience of undertaking pro bono work, and urges colleagues to volunteer in what can be 'life changing' work, both for clients and for legal professionals themselves.
East Africa Business Development Visit 2023: ‘The Bar can collaborate on international legal projects in all areas of law’
Barrister Hammad Baig discusses the Bar Council’s East Africa visit, where the message was spread that “the Bar is equipped with the skills to collaborate on international legal projects in all areas of law whether it be arbitration, tax or international contractual disputes”.
Frances Ridout, Director of Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre, says there is still further that we can go as self-employed or employed barristers to contribute to the pro bono landscape.
As part of Pro Bono Week 2023, Davina Patel, the Senior Development Officer at the Access to Justice Foundation, writes about pro bono costs orders and how they can help secure access to justice for clients from marginalised communities.
Baxter v Doble has caused concern to some public access barristers and the extent to which the definition of the conduct of litigation will impact on public access practice is unclear. In a guest blog for the Bar Council, Andrew Granville Stafford explains the issues.
Michel Kallipetis KC introduces the Bar Council’s new Mediation Guidance.
Barristers Natasha Shotunde, Elaine Banton and Barbara Mills KC in conversation with the Bar Council’s Equality and Diversity Policy Analyst Mariam Diaby for Black History Month.
The Co-Chair of the Western Circuit Women’s Forum, barrister Emma Cross, explains its remit, research and campaigns.
Barrister Frederico Singarajah and the Bar Council's Melisha Charles explain the international work strengthening ties between the UK and Mexico.
All too often, important decisions impacting people’s lives and liberty happen without public scrutiny, that’s why Transform Justice launched CourtWatch London.
A guest blog by Lucy Garrett KC and Sarah Williams about the Keating Chambers and Gray’s Inn social mobility scholarship.
The European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC) has litigated cases involving enforced disappearance for twenty years.
In this guest blog, Director of Public Prosecutions Max Hill KC explains what the changes means for practitioners working on RASSO cases.
This Autumn the Black Counsel Forum is back, building on the success of last year’s event. Lewitt Nurse explains what’s in store and picks out some highlights from BCF 2022.
Sa'ad Hossain KC summarises the excellent discussions at the first Bar Social Mobility Summit
Read Harry Folland's reflections on his week with the Bar Placement Scheme, and how it challenged his ideas about what life at the Bar is really like.
Amina Yaasiin Ahmed shares her experience on the Bar Placement Scheme, shadowing barristers and watching a trial in the High Court - and what she's learned from her week immersed in the Bar.
Stuart Alford KC explores the changing landscape of employed pupillages
Report of the joint Bar Council/BRAK event in Brussels
Ahead of the Bar Council's Social Mobility Summit in July, we asked the Sutton Trust to answer some questions.
Abigail Bright reflects on the 2023 Annual Law Reform Lecture
Our Al-Nashiri amicus: restating the absolute prohibition on torture-tainted evidence in legal proceedings
Stefanos Arvanitakis provides an insight into the work conducted to restate the absolute prohibition on torture-tainted evidence.
For #JusticeWeek2023 Attorney General Victoria Prentis reflects on how far women in law have come
For #JusticeWeek2023 Nick Vineall KC set out current justice issues in a speech to parliamentarians in the House of Lords
Zoë Leventhal KC shares her reflections as chair of the summit
For Justice Week 2023, Laura Farris MP explores the impediments to accessing justice and some recent progress
For Justice Week 2023, Baljit Ubhey sets out the work of the CPS to create an accessible system
For Justice Week 2023, Helen Richardson of the Magistrates' Association, sets out how physical accessibility is a key component of access to justice
For Justice Week 2023, Caroline Croft, Director General at the Government Legal Department, explains the work of government lawyers
Michael Harwood identifies the highlights from this year's exchange programme for the Young Bar.
The decision to pay or not to pay, which must be taken against a ticking clock, is a very difficult and fraught one, says Lindsay Hill, CEO at Mitigo Cybersecurity, in a guest blog.
Chair of the Bar Nick Vineall KC considers proposals from the IBA
James Cartwright, co-founder of the Lawyers Cricket World Cup, invites barristers to join the team heading to Colombo
George Peretz KC sets out the Bar Council’s view on the latest moves on the Retained EU Law Bill in Parliament
Don't give up, says barrister Jack Meek
Barrister Paul Adams outlines the changes that came into force from 1 April 2023
In a guest blog for the Bar Council, member of the IT panel and IT consultant Julian Borthwick encourages colleagues to access the additional cybersecurity benefits offered by MFA.
What happens when the state observes civilians, lawyers and journalists without limitation? Dr. András Szecskay, Vice President of the Budapest Bar Association, looks at the ramifications of the Pegasus spyware in Hungary.
Barrister Eve Robinson's participation in the mock trial competition aged 13 sparked her journey to a career at the Bar.
Sam Townend KC, Vice Chair of the Bar, highlights the history of the Court on this special occasion.
In a guest blog for the Bar Council, Christianah Omobosola Babajide explains the issues.
Climate anxiety and the environmentally conscious lawyer, a blog by Michael Harwood.
A guest blog by Sara Carnegie explaining the 50:50 global gender project.
A guest blog for International Women's Day by Professor Susan Edwards about the women affected by Guantánamo prison.
Barrister Jamie Jenkins provides advice on how to navigate pupillage interviews
As invitations to pupillage interviews go out, barrister Jamie Jenkins provides advice to prepare
Barrister John Battle’s speech to mark the implementation of the Crown Court Order allowing cameras to broadcast sentencing remarks.
Vice Chair of the Bar Sam Townend KC sets out some current concerns about the overreach of the oversight regulator.
Pupil Barrister Grace Khaile talks about her journey to the Bar and how breaking down barriers is more important than ever
Can you pledge 25 hours of pro bono in 2023?
Jack Meek is a barrister at the Government Legal Department and has been a Social Mobility Advocate since 2021
A guest blog by MD Communications Melissa Davis and Steve Rudaini
Khaliq Martin is the winner of the Bar internship blog competition
Martha Smith-Higgins explains the benefits of attending the Anglo-Dutch Exchange 2022
Thomas E. Sherrington explains the benefits of attending the Anglo-Dutch Exchange 2022
David J. M. Barr explains the benefits of attending the Anglo-Dutch Exchange 2022
Tim Kiely from Red Lion Chambers runs through the highlights from conference
On Thursday 24 November we have an in-person event at the Bar Council HQ focused on industry trends and financially sustainable chambers.
The more the public know about the legal system, the better for the rule of law, says John Battle
As part of Pro Bono Week 2022, the Chair of the Young Barristers Committee Michael Polak explains his pro bono work and encourages colleagues to get involved and help.
The Bar Council questions Professor Conor Gearty KC (Hon) in advance of his conference panel session later this month.
An overview of statistics on working practices ahead of this year's Annual Conference panel debate
Potentially, these developments create many new opportunities for the Bar. Barristers have the skillset, with training, to become excellent mediators and already many of the UK’s leading mediators are members of the Bar
Pro Bono Connect enables litigants to be represented in the same way as fee-paying clients
Church Court's first Ukrainian intern, lawyer Valeriia Lada, talks about her experience at the chambers
A guest blog by First Tier Tribunal Judge Munonyedi for Black History Month
A Bar Council blog by Sam Mercer, Head of Equality and Diversity.
The Bar Council hosted a delegation from Sri Lanka in September.
Part one of Jaime Hamilton KC's 30 tips for pupillage
Part Two of Jaime Hamilton KC's 30 tips for pupillage
In a blog for the Bar Council Judge Munonyedi explains how Black History Month started.
Part Three of Jaime Hamilton KC's 30 tips for pupillage
Behind the scenes: how the Bar Council's Research team created our new government legal panels report
The process of researching and writing the Race at the Bar report and the Government Legal Panels report has underscored the necessity of a strong evidential base for any policy work that seeks to promote change
Mark Henderson sets out what organisations can do to address key obstacles for disabled barristers
A fantastic opportunity to get to know another legal culture and strengthen practice
John-Paul Swoboda, a former runner-up in the competition, says he found the experience 'challenging and rewarding'
Eshal Waseem reflects on her time with Brick Court Chambers in London
Anaya Ricketts says she has picked up 'invaluable knowledge and experience'
Nick Vineall QC, Vice Chair of the Bar Council, says sanctions should make barristers think hard about professional duties
The UK Anti-SLAPP Coalition is calling for legal reforms to protect the public interest
It’s never too early, or too late, to start volunteering for Advocate, says Rebecca Wilkie
FRU represents hundreds of people each year when there are tens of thousands of people who need help
The Bar Mock Trial Competition put Sophie Quinton-Carter on her career path to become a barrister - Justice Week 2022
‘Why do you want to be a criminal barrister?’ is the question every budding advocate dreads
We should be grateful and proud of the UK’s eminent role over hundreds of years in furthering the cause of the law say the Chair of the Parliamentary Justice Committee.
Malcolm Cree CBE, the Chief Executive Officer of the Bar Council, highlights what the organisation has achieved in the last two years.
Michael Harwood, Vice Chair of the Young Barristers’ Committee, explains the Bar Council's work for the Young Bar
Steve Rudaini asks if barristers should steer clear of social media or look to lead the professions in social media prowess?
Employed Bar Awards judge Simon Regis reveals how the competition helped him
Jack Meek writes a guest blog as he is part of the #IAmTheBar cohort
For the first time ever, the Young Bar Committee has organised a session at the Four Jurisdictions Conference.
Michael Lazarus highlights the support on offer from LawCare
In a guest blog for the Bar Council, journalist Tristan Kirk makes the case for open justice and the public's right to know.