10 of the things the Bar Council did in October 2016

16 November 2016

  1. The Bar Council's second Pupillage Fair took place, with several hundred students attend and more than 50 exhibitors take part, including chambers and the Armed Services to name a few. 

  2. The Pro Bono Award was presented to John Collins of Zenith Chambers for his outstanding pro bono work over six decades. On the judging panel were Chairman of the Bar Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC and Chair of the Young Barristers Committee, Louisa Nye. 

  3. The Bar Council launched the Wellbeing at the Bar Portal in collaboration with the Inns of Court and Institute of Barristers' Clerks. The portal is designed to provide support and best practice to barristers, clerks and chambers on wellbeing and mental health issues. It has already had more than 23,000 hits. 

  4. Speaking at the 31st Annual Bar Conference in Westminster, the Chairman told delegates that whilst they should not expect always to be popular, the profession should, nevertheless, be valued. Approximately 600 delegates attended this year's conference. 

  5. The Chairman represented the Bar at roundtable Brexit talks with Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Rt Hon David Davis MP. She described the event as "an important and very welcome opportunity for UK professional and business services leaders to talk directly with Government on the shape of Brexit negotiations." 

  6. The Chairman met with Sir Oliver Heald QC MP, the Minister of State for Courts and Justice to discuss a range of topics affecting the Bar and the justice system. 

  7. Chairman of the Bar Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, and Chairman-Elect Andrew Langdon QC represented the Bar at the Conservative Party Conference. The Chairman was a speaker at events hosted by the Society of Conservative Lawyers, JUSTICE, the Tory Reform Group, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and the New Statesman. 

  8. The Young Barristers' Committee held its third seminar based on the contents of the Young Bar Toolkit; this month the seminar was on finances for the self-employed bar. 

  9. The Bar Council responded to six separate consultations including the Law Commission's 13th programme of law reform, in which it proposed creating a new offence for corporate fraud

  10. Members of the YBC, young barristers and solicitors took part in the Anglo-Dutch Exchange, which celebrated its 50th anniversary.