Annual and Young Bar Conference 2019

Date: 23 November 2019

Time: 09:00 - 19:00

Grand Connaught Rooms, London

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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 a post-Brexit age
  • 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


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
Chambers Staff, Pupils                   £55 + VAT

If you would like to pay the Bar Representation Fee and book your conference place at the discounted fee, please contact us.   


Circuit discounts

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

Western - 10% | European - 20% 

Please note, the circuit discounts are not available for Chambers staff, pupil or student  bookings.




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Bronze Sponsor | Place Campbell 
Already representing around 3,000 barristers and over 70 sets of chambers, Place Campbell is the largest barrister-specialist firm of Chartered Accountants in the UK.



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Bronze Sponsor | Westgate Wealth Management Ltd 
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Legal Solutions and Products. Make your strongest case with LexisNexis. We continue to find ways to help barristers and members of the Bar to work more productively, prepare arguments with confidence and get the best results for their clients with our pioneering and trusted online libraries and guidance. Our commitment to advancing the Rule of Law continues with our Rule of Law Foundation.



Bag Sponsor | Vector Professions Finance 

VPF is a well established company whose principal activity is Aged Debt Funding to the Bar. 




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Badge Sponsor |   Ede & Ravenscroft

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






Exhibitor | The Council of the Inns of Court (ICCA) 

The ICCA strives for 'Academic and Professional Excellence for the Bar'. Led by the Dean, the ICCA has a team of highly experienced legal academics, educators and instructional designers. It also draws on the expertise of the profession across the Inns, Circuits, Specialist Bar Associations and the Judiciary to design and deliver bespoke training for student barristers and practitioners at all levels of seniority, both nationally, pan-profession and on an international scale.



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Exhibitor | Bar Squared Ltd

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Exhibitor |  Inner Temple | Inn of Court | In the spirit of one Bar, the Inner Temple is delighted to sponsor the Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference 2018. Led and shaped by the profession for the profession, Inner Temple is ever progressive in strengthening and promoting the rule of law and a vibrant, diverse, legal community.


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