10 of the things the Bar Council did in June 2018

16 July 2018

  1. New figures from the  Barristers' Working Lives 2017: Harassment and bullying report, released by the Bar Council showed that reports of harassment or bullying and discrimination within the barristers' profession, as well as reports of observations of harassment or bullying and discrimination, have increased in comparison with previous years.  

  2. The winners of the second annual Bar Council Employed Barristers' Awards have been announced following a black-tie awards dinner at the Imperial War Museum on Friday 29 June.  

  3. The Bar Council responded to the Bar Standards Board's (BSB) new customer feedback guide. A spokesperson for the Bar Council said: "There are real dangers in the use of digital comparison tools for legal services, not least that client confidentiality and legal privilege will often prevent lawyers from engaging with them in a meaningful way, and that clients are often not well placed to judge the quality of the advice or representation they have received. 

  4. Andrew Walker QC, Chair of the Bar, and Richard Atkins QC, Chair-Elect of the Bar, issued a statement on the criminal Bar's vote to accept the latest Advocates' Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS) offer. They said: " This is not the end so far as the AGFS is concerned: it is the start. A wider campaign is now ahead of us. 

  5. The third Bar Council Young Barristers' Committee's Annual Workshop, entitled, The 21st Century Advocate took place on Saturday 9 June 2018 at Charles Russell Speechlys. It was a hugely successful event, with over 100 people in attendance overall.  

  6. The Bar Council worked with the Bar of Ireland to produce an FAQ note on call to and practice at the Irish Bar which may offer practitioners the chance to retain some degree of access to the EU legal services market.  

  7. The Rt Hon Lord Sumption OBE & Baroness Chakrabarti CBE, Shadow Attorney General, were confirmed as being amongst keynote speakers at this year's Annual Bar & Young Bar Conference on 24 November 2018.

  8. The House of Commons Justice Select Committee took evidence from Andrew Walker QC, Chair of the Bar, and Angela Rafferty QC, Chair of the Criminal Bar Association of AGFS and the criminal justice system. 

  9. BBC Radio Four's Law in Action interviewed Andrew Walker QC, Chair of the Bar, about getting the balance right when encouraging students to pursue a career at the Bar. 

  10. The annual Bar Council's China Training Scheme, which has been running since 1989, launched this month. The scheme is opportunity to Chinese lawyers to experience practice at the English commercial Bar.