10 of the things the Bar Council did in September

11 October 2016

  1. The Chairman of the Bar, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, represented the Bar at the Conservative and Labour Conferences, where she spoke at events hosted by the Bar Council alongside senior ministers and shadow ministers.

  2. The Bar Council responded to the Joint Statement from the Ministry of Justice, Lord Chief Justice and Senior President of Tribunals, 'Transforming our Justice System'.

  3. The Chairman of the Bar delivered a keynote speech at the International Bar Association Conference in Washington on challenges facing the profession. Vice-Chairman of the Young Barristers' Committee (YBC), Duncan McCombe, also attended the IBA.

  4. The Bar Council submitted its response to the Competition and Markets Authority consultation on the legal services market.

  5. The Bar was invited to complete two important surveys from the Bar Council on pro bono work and the employed Bar.

  6. In its ongoing campaign to promote the value of the Bar, the Bar Council exhibited at the annual Citizens Advice conference

  7. The Annual Report 2015/16 was published, outlining the Bar Council's work and achievements over the previous financial year

  8. Keynote speakers for the 31st Annual and Young Bar Conference were announced: Sir Ernest Ryder, Senior President of Tribunals, Caroline Wilson, Former British Consul-General to Hong Kong and Macao, and Steven Thiru, President of the Malaysian Bar.  

  9. New guidance from the Bar Council Ethics Committee was published for barristers who were not trial counsel, but who are instructed to represent convicted defendants in the Criminal Division of the Court of Appeal.

  10. The YBC jointly hosted International Weekend with the Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society, the London Young Lawyers Group, and the European Young Bar Association welcoming 70 young international lawyers to London.