Young Bar at the Four Jurisdictions Conference

For the first time ever, the Young Bar Committee has organised a session at the Four Jurisdictions Conference.

  • 4 May 2022
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The value of peer support, offered by LawCare

Michael Lazarus highlights the support on offer from LawCare

  • 4 May 2022
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Defining barristers by what we do, not by what we are

Jack Meek writes a guest blog as he is part of the #IAmTheBar cohort

  • 4 May 2022
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First appearances are vital for media reporting, says journalist Tristan Kirk

In a guest blog for the Bar Council, journalist Tristan Kirk makes the case for open justice and the public's right to know.

  • 30 March 2022
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IWD22: Leading from the front

Hannah M Markham QC says we need to nurture, support and retain women from all backgrounds.

  • 11 March 2022
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IWD22: The joy of conversation

Celina Colquhoun reflects on an afternoon spent with impressive women.

  • 11 March 2022
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IWD22: Through seeing women succeed, more will follow

Nneka Akudolu shows a determination to push upwards and forward.

  • 11 March 2022
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IWD22: Courtesy and civility are the bedrock of kindness

Valerie Charbit suggests there is already kindness at the Bar but we need to create more of it.

  • 11 March 2022
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IWD22: We need hope and cooperation to solve the challenges ahead

Edite Ligere suggests that humane principles should be valued, encouraged and appreciated.

  • 10 March 2022
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IWD22: Raising voices from marginalised communities

Christina Warner highlights her experiences as a visually impaired, LGBTQ+, disability inclusion activist and practitioner.

  • 10 March 2022
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IWD22: Thinking critically about women’s rights and flexible working

Eleena Misra explains some of the complexities linked to employment and equalities laws

  • 10 March 2022
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IWD22: The menopause should not be cast in a negative light

Lyndsey de Mestre QC sets out some of the progress and barriers for women.

  • 10 March 2022
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IWD22: The Bar Council’s Equality, Diversity and Social Mobility Committee

As the Co-Chair, Elaine Banton, explains the different aspects of the committee's work.

  • 10 March 2022
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IWD22: The International Day of Women Judges

Justice Maura McGowan DBE sheds light on the links between Afghan and UK judges.

  • 10 March 2022
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IWD22: Wellbeing at the Bar

Rachel Spearing encourages colleagues to find time to breathe

  • 10 March 2022
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IWD22: Women and the Rule of Law

Rachel Langdale QC stresses the importance of the Rule of Law and the role of women.

  • 9 March 2022
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IWD22: We need less talk and more action

Zoe Chapman and Kitan Ososami believe there is still more work to be done.

  • 9 March 2022
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IWD22: More greenhouse than a glass ceiling

Susan Grocott QC outlines her positive work experiences practising as a family law barrister in Manchester.

  • 9 March 2022
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IWD22: Equality begins at home - working mothers and the gender pay gap

Emma Hughes and Leah Nandugga argue that inequality is linked to stereotypes, family life and the division of labour at home.

  • 9 March 2022
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IWD22: Lessons in solidarity from the trade union movement

Lucy Chapman says the support experienced between women in the trade union movement is also alive and well at the Bar.

  • 9 March 2022
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IWD22: The importance of Role Models

Lola-Rose Avery highlights the important role of women who provide guidance and inspiration.

  • 9 March 2022
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IWD22: Breaking the Bias

Barbara Mills QC and Charlotte Baker suggest that we all have a responsibility to make things better now and for those who come after us.

  • 8 March 2022
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IWD22: Women who are wrongly prosecuted and convicted

Legal Director of APPEAL, Emma Torr, explains the key patterns and trends.

  • 8 March 2022
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IWD22: Challenging unequal treatment on pay, pensions and childcare

Specialist in employment and discrimination law, Claire Darwin, explains the legal battles she has fought to achieve better rights for women at work on pay, pensions and childcare.

  • 8 March 2022
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IWD22: A step up the ladder

Michelle Heeley QC suggests that very successful women have a duty to mentor those more junior to them.

  • 8 March 2022
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IWD22: Women Making Change

Heidi Stonecliffe QC explains her journey to become the first woman appointed as Queen's Counsel from within the CPS.

  • 8 March 2022
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Guest Blog: World Book Day 2022

Ahead of this year’s World Book Day on the 3 March, Barnaby Jameson QC talks about his debut novel Codename: Madeleine and how it is sometimes hard to keep fact and fiction apart.

  • 24 February 2022
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Legal aid underpins a fair justice system, says Lord Wolfson

The minister expresses his support for a sustainable legal aid sector and criminal justice system.

  • 4 February 2022
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Guest blog: What you need to know – Money Laundering

Danny Robinson QC shares an article for BarTalk, intended to assist barristers in their understanding of whether their work falls within the provisions included in the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and in the Terrorism Act 2000.

  • 27 January 2022
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Guest blog: Nationality and Borders Bill - a breach of international law?

Rhetoric aside, the Nationality and Borders Bill will do nothing to make our system fairer or more supportive, say Matt Ingham, Richard Milford (Citizenship and Immigration Team at Payne Hicks Beach) and Isaac Ricca-Richardson (Garden Court Chambers)

  • 26 January 2022
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Guest blog: A novel idea - book recommendations for aspiring barristers

What books should aspiring barristers read? That is the question addressed in a new blog post by Jack Meek, one of the Bar Council’s Social Mobility Advocates

  • 13 January 2022
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Guest blog: Race discrimination – “The law is an incredibly powerful tool for holding bodies to account”

Jabeer Butt OBE, Chief Executive of the Race Equality Foundation, guest blogs for BarTalk on the importance of providing funding for legal challenges in race discrimination, how it can drive every employer and public service to understand their responsibilities and the consequences for not following the law in relation to race, and how a new initiative has been established for legal practitioners to secure financial assistance for their clients in race discrimination cases.

  • 2 December 2021
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Guest blog: From Iceland to the Bering Straits

As a rank-and-file practitioner working at the Court for 30 years, Bill Bowring, argues that the Court of the Council of Europe is the most effective mechanism in the world for protecting human rights.

  • 2 December 2021
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Guest blog: Law reform - Drug Consumption Rooms a key weapon in war on drugs?

Effective drug abuse initiatives such as Drug Consumption Rooms must be explored if the UK drugs crisis is to be effectively tackled, says this year’s Bar Council Law Reform Essay Competition winner, Joseph Lord, in a blog based on his winning entry.

  • 2 December 2021
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Guest blog: “Encouraged and focused” despite the Bar’s challenges

Francesca Kirby, criminal barrister at Red Lion Chambers, shares her experiences of this year’s Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference, which took place on 17-20 November, and the fact that, despite the challenges faced by today’s Bar she came away from the conference reinvigorated and hopeful

  • 2 December 2021
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Guest blog: The good, the bad and the diversity of social media

Keith Hardie, Partner at MD Communications, the boutique, global reputation and communications consultancy working for the legal and professional service sectors, gives his insights into the recent Bar and Young Bar Conference session he chaired on social media

  • 2 December 2021
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Guest blog: A Proposal for Drug Consumption Rooms in the UK

Joseph Lord, winner of the 2021 Law Reform Essay Competition: 'The War is Lost: A Proposal for Drug Consumption Rooms in the UK'

  • 30 November 2021
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Guest blog: “Perhaps now it is time for more direct action” at the criminal Bar

Zoë Chapman, barrister at Red Lion Chambers and Bar Council Social Mobility Advocate (2019), blogs on why many are leaving the criminal Bar and how the extra funding for the justice system in last week’s Budget might not be enough

  • 4 November 2021
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Guest blog: Max Hill QC, DPP – the path to becoming Treasury Counsel is not a closed shop

Max Hill QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, blogs for BarTalk about the new Treasury Counsel Pathway, a positive action initiative designed to support increased diversity at the very highest levels of advocacy

  • 23 September 2021
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Guest blog: Placing UK centre stage in cryptoasset dispute resolution

Fraudsters continue to embrace cryptoassets as a mechanism to facilitate fraud, says professional services and accountancy organisation, Grant Thornton, which is why it is vital that legal practitioners continue to pioneer approaches to global crypto fraud investigations and civil recovery.

  • 9 September 2021
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Guest blog: HMCTS sets out new measures in court and tribunals

Paul Harris, Operations Director at HMCTS blogs on the latest developments on court capacity and safety that the Bar needs to know about

  • 29 July 2021
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Guest blog: Attorney General on the Bar’s role in tackling contempt of court on social media

Attorney General Michael Ellis QC MP writes exclusively for BarTalk on his recent #ThinkBeforeYouPost social media campaign and how barristers can play a key role in public legal education around contempt of court.

  • 15 July 2021
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Guest blog: “No hesitation” in returning to the virtual Pupillage Fair

Lena Amartey, employment practitioner at 9 St John Street Chambers, Manchester explains why she had no hesitation in signing up to participate again in the Bar Council’s Pupillage Fair 2021

  • 13 July 2021
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Bar Placement Scheme Blog Competition 2021 – Highly Commended: A Virtual Journey into 5 Essex Court by Shreya Tanna

Read Shreya Tanna's highly commended blog entry about their virtual placement at 5 Essex Court

  • 12 July 2021
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Bar Placement Scheme Blog Competition 2021 – Highly Commended: At the Bar by Umar Majeed

Find out more about Umar Majeed's experience on the Bar Placement Scheme

  • 12 July 2021
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Winner of the Bar Placement Scheme Blog Competition 2021: Digital Courtroom by Kinjell Singh

Read Kinjell Singh's winning blog entry about their experience of the Bar Placement Scheme

  • 12 July 2021
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Bar Placement Scheme Blog Competition 2021 – Highly Commended: Exploring Chancery by Imaan Kamran Malik

Explore the world of commercial chancery law in Imaan Kamran Malik's account of the Bar Placement Scheme

  • 12 July 2021
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Blog: Getting paid - top tips on civil (non-family) legal aid billing

The Bar Council’s Adrian Vincent, Head of Policy: Legal Practice and Remuneration, pulls together the highlights from the recent Bar Council Civil (non-family) Legal Aid Billing seminar on how civil practitioners can make sure they get paid for their work.

  • 1 July 2021
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Guest blog: Pin your support to stand against bullying and harassment

Barrister Lydia Pemberton of 3PB explains how barristers can join together to tackle bullying and harassment with a simple, single gesture.

  • 1 July 2021
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Guest blog: New ways of working can reduce the Bar’s environmental footprint

The re-evaluation of the way that we work both from home and in chambers can very easily include some simple steps to reduce our environmental footprint, writes Zoe Saunders, barrister at St John’s Chambers

  • 1 July 2021
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Guest blog: Working together to improve diversity, inclusion and progression for those who prosecute for the CPS

Rebecca Lawrence, CEO of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), writes for Bar Talk about working with the Bar on two pivotal developments which will drive progress for diversity and inclusion in the criminal justice system

  • 1 July 2021
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Guest blog: Tackling the ‘wall of silence’ - how can chambers spot signs of domestic abuse?

Shahid Shoeb, Director of Legal Service for the Domestic Abuse Alliance blogs about the role of chambers in tackling domestic abuse, and the tools and guidance that are available to support staff, clerks and members of chambers.

  • 1 July 2021
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Guest blog: Greater representation is needed of those with visible and non-visible disabilities at the Bar

Barrister Christina Warner of Goldsmith Chambers writes about her experience with Stargardts Disease and how the Bar can better support those with disabilities.

  • 17 June 2021
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Blog: Getting paid - top tips on family legal aid billing

Shiva Ancliffe QC of Coram Chambers and the Bar Council’s Remuneration Committee summarises the top tips from the recent Bar Council Family Legal Aid Billing seminar

  • 17 June 2021
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Blog: Hybrid working - where do we go from here?

With many chambers now looking at making both home and office working a feature of chambers life, Carolyn Entwistle, the Bar Council’s Director of Services and Tom Pennington-Hare, Legal Director, Fox Williams LLP, look at some of practicalities they face in implementing a hybrid way of working

  • 17 June 2021
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Blog: A glimpse behind the scenes at the Bar Council

The inner workings of the Bar Council, including its relationship with the regulator, the Bar Standards Board, is revealed by Natalie Zara, Head of Governance at the Bar Council

  • 17 June 2021
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Blog: Getting paid - top tips on criminal legal aid billing

The Bar Council’s Adrian Vincent, Head of Policy: Legal Practice and Remuneration pulls together the top tips from the recent Bar Council Criminal Legal Aid Billing seminar on how criminal practitioners can make sure they get paid for their work.

  • 2 June 2021
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Blog: The good, the bad and the ugly – the ups and downs of social media

Ahead of chairing the Bar Council’s first Navigating Social Media for the Bar webinar next week (27 May), Shiryn Sayani, the Bar Council's Communications Manager (Policy and Campaigns) looks at how the past year has made social media even more important for barristers and chambers to get to grips with.

  • 20 May 2021
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Blog: Which “pent up” practice areas can expect the dam to burst?

Predictive reporting from the latest quarterly LexisNexis GLP Index shows which practice areas at the Bar are likely to see demand increase, but also where the future looks less promising. The Bar Council’s Carolyn Entwistle and George Philpott, take a closer look at the data

  • 20 May 2021
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Guest blog: A day in the life of a barrister during the month of Ramadan

An anonymous barrister from Red Lion Chambers guest blogs for BarTalk on a day in the life of a barrister during the month of Ramadan, and some of the unique experiences barristers face during the festival

  • 6 May 2021
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Guest blog: Leading the Bar towards carbon neutral

Great ideas can come out of informal meetings, even when they are online. Here is an idea which will help speed the Bar towards carbon neutral.

  • 22 April 2021
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Guest blog: New court hijab goes beyond professional attire for Muslim women at the Bar

Barrister Maryam Mir of Doughty Street Chambers guest blogs for BarTalk on how her reacquaintance with a university friend and founder of Ivy & Normanton, Karlia Lykourgou, led to the creation of the new court hijab

  • 8 April 2021
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Guest blog: Stammering and the criminal justice system

Esther Pritchard, a University of Sheffield law graduate and person who stammers, and her past speech and language therapist (SLT), Jennifer Short, explore the issues that people who stammer can encounter within in the criminal justice system, and what can be done to overcome obstacles

  • 8 April 2021
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Guest blog: “Forget the guilt and take action” - becoming an anti-racist advocate for the Bar

Barrister Professor Leslie Thomas QC says the profession as a whole has to ask meaningful questions about racism and what it means to lead an anti-racist life

  • 25 March 2021
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Guest blog: ‘This is not about us’ - complacency about the Bar’s gender pay gap

Allison Clare QC of Red Lion Chambers writes that although the optics look much improved on gender pay parity at the Bar, the data tells a less positive story. Writing for the Bar Council on International Women's Day, Allison provides some top tips on cutting the gap

  • 8 March 2021
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International Women's Day Q&A: Kate Bex QC

We asked five women at the Bar from a range of backgrounds and seniority to share their thoughts on IWD - including their professional achievements, advice and the biggest change they want to see at the Bar.

  • 8 March 2021
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International Women's Day Q&A: Carin Hunt

We asked five women at the Bar from a range of backgrounds and seniority to share their thoughts on IWD - including their professional achievements, advice and the biggest change they want to see at the Bar.

  • 8 March 2021
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International Women's Day Q&A: Teniola Onabanjo

We asked five women at the Bar from a range of backgrounds and seniority to share their thoughts on IWD - including their professional achievements, advice and the biggest change they want to see at the Bar.

  • 8 March 2021
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International Women's Day Q&A: Adeola Fadipe

We asked five women at the Bar from a range of backgrounds and seniority to share their thoughts on IWD - including their professional achievements, advice and the biggest change they want to see at the Bar.

  • 8 March 2021
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International Women's Day Q&A: Susanna McGibbon

We asked five women at the Bar from a range of backgrounds and seniority to share their thoughts on IWD - including their professional achievements, advice and the biggest change they want to see at the Bar.

  • 8 March 2021
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Justice Week blog: Rt Hon Michael Ellis QC MP, Solicitor General

Writing exclusively for the Bar Council for Justice Week 2021, Rt Hon Michael Ellis QC MP, Solicitor General says the criminal justice system reacted admirably to the pandemic, but further challenges lie ahead

  • 1 March 2021
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Guest blog: How to get the best from a remote mediation

Most cases suitable for mediation can be mediated remotely if done correctly. Antony Sendall of Littleton Chambers, and Jonathan Lux of Lux Mediation provide tips to help you and your clients to get the most from remote mediation

  • 25 February 2021
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Guest blog: Thousands of pounds in potential funding for justice going unclaimed

Efforts are being made, with the help of the Solicitor General, to increase the use of pro bono costs orders at a time when those seeking access to justice need it more than ever, writes Greg Hodder, Head of Development at the Access to Justice Foundation

  • 11 February 2021
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Guest blog: An advocate is never too experienced to work on their technique

A new podcast series, The Advocacy Podcast, has been launched for advocates of all levels of experience to hone key skills. It’s founder and host, Bibi Badejo, a barrister at 4 Brick Court, writes that the podcast also reassures aspiring barristers and junior members of the Bar that advocates are not born; they develop with graft and guidance

  • 11 February 2021
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Guest blog: Pupillage in a pandemic

Helena Spector, barrister at Red Lion Chambers, guest blogs on her journey to tenancy in a pandemic

  • 11 February 2021
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Guest blog: Charting a non-traditional route to the Bar

From raising funds for 9/11 victims in New York, to commuting at 4am from London to Nottingham to attend lectures, Victoria Alicea, a UK and US national currently undertaking a tax pupillage, writes about her journey to the Bar

  • 28 January 2021
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Guest blog: New Access Award ‘taster’ initiative aims to improve Bar diversity

All too often we hear that people see the Bar as a closed shop, says Amy Smith, a barrister at 9 St John Street, but “diversity at the bar really does matter,” she says in her guest blog for BarTalk, which is why the new 9SJS Access Award initiative aims to give those thinking about a career at the Bar a deep insight into what life can be like as a barrister and play its part in improving diversity in the profession

  • 14 January 2021
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Levelling the playing field in fraud – Amanda Pinto QC, Chair of the Bar

Although there are greater numbers of women getting fraud work at the junior end, we are a long way from parity, writes Chair of the Bar, Amanda Pinto QC

  • 17 December 2020
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Guest blog: 2020 – a view from a junior barrister

Barrister Tim Kiely, who manages a general criminal practice at Red Lion Chambers, looks back on 2020 - “not a year that some of us expected to survive” – giving a perspective from the junior end of the Bar

  • 10 December 2020
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Interview: Philip Dykes SC, Chair of the Council of the Hong Kong Bar Association

Mina Heung of Whitestone Chambers and member of the Bar Council’s International Committee, recently interviewed the Chair of the Council of the Hong Kong Bar Association, Philip Dykes SC, for his views on the key regulations in place in Hong Kong to assist with preventing the spread of Covid-19

  • 10 December 2020
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Guest blog: Why we cannot take our human rights for granted

Stephen Cragg QC, barrister and Vice-Chair of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales, guest blogs for BarTalk on International Human Rights Day (10 December) on why protecting human rights and role of human rights defenders is as important as ever today

  • 10 December 2020
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Guest blog: The Lord Chancellor on investing in justice

The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Rt Hon Robert Buckland MP, guest blogs on the coronavirus pandemic and how this shaped his priorities for the recent 2020 Spending Review

  • 10 December 2020
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Guest blog: Law Reform Essay Competition 2020 winner

Oliver Brewis, winner of the 2020 Law Reform Essay Competition, guest blogs for the Bar Council on his winning essay.

  • 4 December 2020
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Guest blog: Top tips on accessibility during the pupillage application process

Isabel Baylis gives tips for how chambers and other organisations can ensure applicants with disabilities aren't blocked off from showing their potential in recruitment processes.

  • 3 December 2020
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Guest blog: Sean Wilson, Chair of the Government Legal Department’s Race Network

Sean Wilson, senior lawyer at the Government Legal Department and Chair of its Race Network writes about his journey to the Bar and overcoming feelings of being an outsider

  • 26 November 2020
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Q&A: How the pandemic has made law tech a priority

Global legal tech company, ABC Legal Services’ Sascha Mehlhase, Radley Angelo and Brandon Fuller discuss how the pandemic has rapidly pushed forward technological advances that were not a priority for the legal sector in the past. They look at what it means for access to justice and practitioners

  • 26 November 2020
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Leading the charge: The international view – Bar and Young Bar Conference

Chair of the International Committee of the Bar Council, Steven Thompson QC, chaired a panel discussion entitled “Leading the Charge” at last week’s Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference, featuring speakers with huge experience in crime, commercial, chancery and family in the international sphere who set out their visions for the future

  • 26 November 2020
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Guest blog: Chambers must play their part in law-dominated Social Mobility Employer Index

Sarah Atkinson, CEO of the Social Mobility Foundation, guest blogs for BarTalk on socioeconomic diversity in the legal profession, singling out the only chambers that ranked in the 2020 Social Mobility Index and giving three reasons why more chambers must join them in participating in the Index next year.

  • 26 November 2020
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Guest blog: Why the CPS is working with the Bar to make the justice system a more inclusive space

Rebecca Lawrence, CEO of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), writes for Bar Talk about the work the CPS is doing to improve diversity and proportionality on the CPS external advocate panel

  • 25 November 2020
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Guest blog: Why the Pupillage Gateway is an essential tool for improving divsersity

Laurie-Anne Power of 25 Bedford Row and the Bar Council’s Race Working Group looks at the equality and diversity benefits of using the Bar Council’s Pupillage Gateway, and its role in promoting an accessible and inclusive profession.

  • 12 November 2020
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Guest blog: Only 2% of UK courts are accessible for the disabled

New research has found that most UK courts are not accessible for the disabled. However, a new, digital tool could help disabled court users overcome some of the hurdles they face in accessing justice, says Greenlight’s Hasna Haidar

  • 12 November 2020
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Guest blog: Safe Spaces – raising concerns about safety at the Bar

Sophie Garner, barrister and mediator at St Philips Chambers, writes about how the Bar Council is using Talk to Spot to paint a picture of how barristers are being put at risk in court, and how you can help real action to be taken.

  • 15 October 2020
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Guest blog: “We want to make sure women have a reason to remain at the Bar”

With the arrival of the newly-formed Themis: The Intersectional Women Barristers' Alliance, its three co-founders, Margherita Cornaglia, Ailsa McKeon and Luna Spada, guest blog for BarTalk on why intersectionality is so important in pushing for equal opportunities, equal access to the Bar and equal progression within the profession

  • 15 October 2020
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Guest blog: The expected benefits of the new Sentencing Code

Dominic Lewis and Alexandra Robson, of the Bar Council’s Law Reform Committee, look at the benefits expected of the new Sentencing Code, which began as a vast area of work for the Law Commission, and is now awaiting Royal Assent.

  • 15 October 2020
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Black History Month spotlight: Diversity on the Midland Circuit

Karen Kabweru-Namulemu, Midland Circuit rep on the Bar Council’s Race Working Group, writes about local initiatives to improve racial diversity and access to the Bar in the Midlands.

  • 15 October 2020
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Guest blog: Lessons learned from implementing a successful diversity initiative

Adeola Fadipe, pupil barrister at Outer Temple Chambers, writes about things she learnt when setting up her own diversity initiative, BME Legal, which can help chambers to recruit and retain diverse talent

  • 15 October 2020
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#IAmTheBar guest blog: Sounding different, not giving up and taking my shot

Jack Meek, pupil barrister at the Government Legal Department, writes about his experience with social mobility and his journey from Northern Ireland to the GLD, as well as why he feels an affinity with the Broadway musical “Hamilton”.

  • 17 September 2020
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Guest blog: Strictly legal – do entities offer a more positive future for the Bar?

Nigel Wallis, Director, O’Connors Legal Services Limited, looks at how in the face of legal aid cuts, the impact of the pandemic, the rise of public access and other factors, BSB entities might now be the way forward for the Bar in future.

  • 3 September 2020
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Guest blog: Zimbabwe and the escalating crackdown

Michael Ivers QC, Membership Secretary of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales, guest blogs on the increasingly concerning crackdown on dissent in Zimbabwe and what it means for human rights and the rule of law in the country.

  • 3 September 2020
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