What are you doing on the afternoon of Saturday 9th June? If you're in your first seven years of practice, or are currently a pupil, the answer should hopefully be attending the Young Bar Annual Workshop, 'The 21st Century Advocate'. But if you haven't already got your ticket, then here's a few reasons why you should book to attend before we're all sold out.

The Secret Barrister: If twitter followers were reasons, then that would be 118 thousand reasons right there. Our final panel of the day is called 'Justice in the 21st Century', and will be looking at that issue from a variety of different perspectives, drawing upon all of the practical, academic, journalistic and entrepreneurial expertise that our panellists, including the Secret Barrister, have to offer.

Wellbeing: Our wellbeing session will look at the effect of wellbeing issues on your practice, and how you can better handle the stresses and strains of life at the Bar. Our speakers will also be talking about the sources of wellbeing support that are available, such as wellbeing at the Bar portal.

Marketing and Soft Skills: We'll have the inside track on the do's and don'ts of the less tangible aspects of career progression, straight from a Chambers marketing manager and the UK Bar Editor of Legal500, who are also a proud sponsor of our event.

Advocacy and Practice Management: Split into Crime, Civil and Family streams, these sessions will look at some of the most pressing issues in each of these practice areas. We're lucky to be joined by an array of leading practitioners, including the Vice Chair of the Criminal Bar Association, and the President of the Family Division.

LawTech Live: We'll be hosting live demonstrations from Juriosity, Intelllex and Opus2. These dynamic tech start-ups will be showcasing their products, which future barristers should be using in and around their practice.

Drinks: Because everyone deserves to wind down after an action packed afternoon. What better way to do that than with a view of the London skyline with a drink of your choice in hand. 

So, if you haven't already got your ticket, hopefully we've managed to pique your interest. There are CPD points available for those on the New Practitioner Programme who need them - and for those who are a bit further ahead, bear in mind that this event can of course form part of your CPD plan. On behalf of the Young Barristers' Committee, I look forward to seeing you on Saturday 9th June.


Richard Hoyle

Chair of the Young Barristers' Committee