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Bar Council press releases

New survey from Bar Council finds barristers at “breaking point”

Findings show some signs of recovery in workload, but highlight the extreme financial and psychological hardship still facing many barristers.

  • 22 January 2021
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Letter to Chair of the Criminal Legal Aid Review

  • 20 January 2021
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Bar Council: Closing courts should be a last resort

Chair of the Bar says government can and must do all it can to allow the work of the courts to continue

  • 15 January 2021
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Running on Empty: New report finds serious problems with legal help for the public

A newly published report “Running on Empty” from the Bar Council reveals the severity of problems in the civil legal aid system.

  • 15 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: 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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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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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: 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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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: 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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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: 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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Who will be crowned the next Legal Reporting Award winner?

Bar Council opens entries for the revamped Legal Reporting Awards

  • 12 October 2020
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Bar Council calls for commitment to zero tolerance on discrimination

New race-focused guidance launched in Black History Month

  • 2 October 2020
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Government paying junior barristers less than national minimum wage

Bar Council provides blueprint for justice system in Spending Review paper

  • 1 October 2020
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Chair of the Bar: The Law Officers must defend the rule of law, even when it is unpopular with the Government

Amanda Pinto QC, Chair of the Bar, says that even with the latest amendments to the Internal Market Bill, the rule of law and the UK's reputation remains under threat

  • 18 September 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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New sentencing plans “not the answer to restoring public trust”

The Bar Council says new Government plans for tougher sentencing are not the answer to restoring public trust in the justice system

  • 15 September 2020
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Covid-19 creating new challenges for social mobility at the Bar

Bar Council campaign grows by 10 more barristers as new Leadership Programme announced

  • 14 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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Guest blog: Life as a disabled barrister

Barrister, Sarah Phillimore guest blogs on the challenges faced as a disabled barrister and how the physical environment of most courts, and the journeys to them, act as a barrier to the physically disabled.

  • 3 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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How barristers can make the most of social media

CEO of MD Communications, Melissa Davis, who prompted one-time novice turned titan of Twitter, Gerard McDermott QC to join social media, looks at how the way that barristers use social media has changed and provides tips with input from the Bar's top Twitterati on what those aspiring to build a brand on social media can learn from those already using it.

  • 3 September 2020
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Chair of the Bar comments on lawyers in Turkey

  • 28 August 2020
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2020 Annual General Meeting

  • 13 August 2020
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Guest blog: Colombia, Covid-19 and the rule of law

Toby Cadman of Guernica 37 Chambers and the Bar Council’s International Committee continues the focus on Covid-19 in South America, this time considering the position in Colombia.

  • 6 August 2020
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Return to work in Chambers

A recent LPMA and IBC survey found that chambers have seen very little increase in the number of members returning to the office.

  • 2 August 2020
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Guest blog: Brazil, Covid-19 and the rule of law

Frederico Singarajah of Hardwicke Chambers and the Bar Council's International Committee considers the rule of law position in Brazil.

  • 22 July 2020
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Guest blog: Qualifying as a mediator with the Bar Council's acclaimed programme

Jonathan Dingle and Andrea Barnes, Joint Heads of Chambers at Normanton Chambers and Society of Mediators Course Leaders, explain why it's worth taking the Bar Council's exceptional accredited mediator training course.

  • 22 July 2020
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New report reveals England & Wales spends more on coffee than on law and order

Bar Council's latest report reveals the extremely worrying scale of law and order in Britain

  • 16 July 2020
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Guest blog: How will restricting jury trial and reducing jury numbers affect the delivery of justice?

Tana Adkin QC, barrister at Charter Chambers and member of the Bar Councils Retention Panel, looks in-depth at the many reasons why jury trials should not be tampered with

  • 10 July 2020
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Guest blog: Gender-bias - are you speaking the language of the legal directories?

Even the language used by referees in legal directories is gender-biased, says Melissa Davis, CEO of MD Communications, but efforts are already being made in the legal sector to challenge this subconscious bias in language, which can act as a barrier for women in law looking to progress their careers

  • 9 July 2020
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Why Hong Kong’s national security laws are incompatible with the rule of law

The Bar Council’s International Committee member, David O’Mahony, argues that Hong Kong’s national security law contains provisions that are incompatible with the rule of law

  • 9 July 2020
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Guest blog: India, Covid-19 and the rule of law

David O’Mahony of the Bar Council's International Committee and barrister at 7 Bedford Row, assesses the unfolding and complex situation in India, raising concerns as to the legal basis for the powers being exercised and the way in which they are being enforced in light of Covid-19

  • 9 July 2020
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Guest blog: Taiwan, Covid-19 and the rule of law

Simon Milnes of the Bar Council's International Committee, barrister at Twenty Essex, highlights that there is no sign of the Executive in Taiwan seeking to use the pandemic as a pretext for increasing its powers or weakening the rule of law

  • 9 July 2020
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New research reveals full impact of Covid-19 restrictions on the self-employed Bar

Government support for the self-employed haven't worked

  • 1 July 2020
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Guest blog: Attorney General - – restoring public confidence in criminal justice

The Attorney General, Suella Braverman QC MP, guest blogs on plans to change the guidelines on disclosure and the CPIA Code in order to restore the public’s confidence in the administration of the criminal justice system.

  • 25 June 2020
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Guest blog: On the front line with Black Protest Legal Support UK

Yvonne Kramo, Black Protest Legal Support UK (BPLS) committee member, writes on how hundreds of BPLS legal observers have been assisting Black Lives Matter protestors

  • 25 June 2020
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Guest blog: Covid-19, Ghana and the rule of law

In the first of a series of articles on international perspectives on the rule of law in light of Covid-19, barrister David Owusu-Yianoma focuses on Ghana

  • 11 June 2020
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Lawyers virtually celebrate #LegalPride2020

  • 11 June 2020
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Guest blog: Social immobility in a Covid-19 era

Sailesh Mehta of Red Lion Chambers writes about how social mobility has changed since he came to the Bar and the impact Covid-19 is having on progress across the profession

  • 11 June 2020
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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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