Alistair MacDonald QC named Vice Chairman-Elect of the Bar Council

24 May 2013

Alistair MacDonald QC has been named the Vice Chairman-Elect of the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, following a contested election. He will take up the post of Vice-Chairman on 1 January 2014.

The Bar Council's Officers for 2014, elected by members of the Bar Council will be:

  • Chairman: Nicholas Lavender QC

  • Vice Chairman: Alistair MacDonald QC

  • Treasurer: Stephen Collier


 Notes to Editors

1. Nicholas Lavender QC practises commercial law from Serle Court Chambers.  Called to the Bar in 1989 and taking silk in 2008, he has acted in a wide range of commercial disputes, in particular in banking cases. He has appeared in courts in England and the Caribbean, in the European Court of Human Rights and before arbitral tribunals in England, France, Sweden and Finland. He is a recorder, a Bencher of the Inner Temple and an advocacy trainer who has taught advocacy and advocacy training in England, South Africa and Bermuda.

Nicholas first became involved with the Bar Council in 1990.  He has been a member of the Bar Council since 1994.  He was Chairman of the Young Barristers' Committee in 1996 and has done a large variety of work for the Bar Council over the years, in relation to matters such as rights of audience, legal education and professional conduct, where he helped to draft the Code of Conduct for the Bar.  Since 2009 he has been the Chairman of the Bar Council's Professional Practice Committee, advising on the professional duties of barristers and, on one occasion, appearing in court to intervene when a judge threatened to send a barrister to prison.

Nicholas was born in 1964 and brought up in a coal mining community in South Yorkshire. He was educated at: Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield; Corpus Christi College, Cambridge; and Oriel College, Oxford.  

2.  Alistair MacDonald QC was Called to the Bar in 1983 and took silk in 2000. He practises from Leeds and is co-Head of Chambers at New Park Chambers. His practice is now principally in crime although he used to do a broad spread of work including personal injury and administrative law. He is the Leader of the North-Eastern Circuit and has sat as a Recorder in crime and civil since 1995. He has been described by legal directories as "a top-flight barrister" and a "brilliant advocate".

3. Stephen Collier is currently the Treasurer of the Bar Council and will continue in that role in 2014.  Stephen is Group Chief Executive of General Healthcare Group, one of the largest privately-owned companies in Britain. He was Called to the Bar in 1980 and, after a period in chambers, worked as a corporate counsel. In 1988 he moved to Glasgow to become Chief Executive of Ross Hall Hospital, before working on the boards of hospitals in Denmark and Sweden in the 1990s. He has since worked in a variety of legal, corporate strategy and general management roles. 

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5. The Bar Council represents barristers in England and Wales. It promotes:

  • The Bar's high quality specialist advocacy and advisory services

  • Fair access to justice for all

  • The highest standards of ethics, equality and diversity across the profession, and

  • The development of business opportunities for barristers at home and abroad.

The General Council of the Bar is the Approved Regulator of the Bar of England and Wales. It discharges its regulatory functions through the independent Bar Standards Board.