Annual and Young Bar Conference 2019

Date: 23 November 2019

Time: 09:00 - 19:00

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Saturday 23 November 2019,  Grand Connaught Rooms, London

Join this year's conference chair Rachel Langdale QC, Chair of the Bar Richard Atkins QC and Chair of the Young Barristers' Committee, Athena Markides at the 2019 Annual Bar Conference and Young Bar Conference. Bringing the profession together to learn from each other's experience, gain practical insight into key issues at the modern Bar, and celebrate our achievements. This year hear from expert speakers throughout the day in a streamlined programme examining the changing work and role of barristers across the whole profession in today's legal system and society.

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Highlights of this year's conference include:

  • Practical advice on questioning of vulnerable witnesses, parallel proceedings, and other pressing issues for criminal and family lawyers
  • An investigation of the way forward for commercial disputes in uncertain times
  • A look back at the first 100 years of women lawyers, and a look ahead to what the next century holds for women at the Bar
  • A chance to develop your negotiation skills with a former Scotland Yard kidnap and hostage crisis negotiator 
  • An in-depth look at court reform developments
  • Insight from a range of experts including SBA leaders, the Secret Barrister, and voices from across the Bar and judiciary


Hear from expert speakers including:


View the full programme of speakers and sessions here


Practical outcomes and knowledge you will learn from the conference:

  • Advanced knowledge of how to deal with vulnerable witnesses, and an awareness of the risks involved
  • A full understanding of parallel proceedings and the needs of the client
  • Insight into cross-border claims in contract and tort, including consideration of the impact of Brexit
  • Awareness of how the Three Divisions differ from one another
  • Practical advice on maintaining working relationships and building negotiation skills
  • An Employed Bar perspective on understanding the transformation of legal services
  • Insight to allocation of jurisdiction and enforcement of arbitration agreements
  • Continued development of your expertise and knowledge to advance your practice and career, and more.


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Pricing and how to book 

Category BRF-Subscriber Non-BRF subscriber
Silk £244 + VAT £290 + VAT
Standard £199 + VAT £265 + VAT
Young Bar                 £189 + VAT
Chamber Suppport Staff/ Student                   £55 + VAT

If you would like to pay the Bar Representation Fee, please contact the    Services Department  

Circuit discounts

North Eastern - 20% | Northern - 15% | Midland - 10% | Wales & Chester - 15% |

Western - 10% | European - 20% 

Please note, circuit discount is not available for the following categories: student; clerk and pupil. 



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Bronze Sponsor | Place Campbell 
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Bag Sponsor | Vector Professions Finance 

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Exhibitor | Complete Business Solutions

Over the past 20 years Complete Business Solutions have developed a range of business services that enable chambers to consolidate their supply chain and drastically reduce the number of suppliers they deal with.



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Exhibitor |  BMW Group 

International & Specialist Sales Division provide a 'VIP Sales' programme offering members of the Bar  preferential rates on new BMW & MINI vehicles.


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