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: 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: 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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