The 2021 Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference took place over four days: three days of online sessions and a full in-person Saturday programme of expert speakers, professional learning and opportunities to meet colleagues from across the profession.



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17 - 20 November 2021, 17:00 - 18:00
Event Type
Online and in-person at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London
Practice management, Business development, Equality and diversity, Coronavirus, Law reform, International, Wellbeing

Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference 2021:

Recovery, growth and transformation

The 2021 annual conference took place across four days of online and in-person sessions, examining what is needed to overcome the challenges that restricts the delivery of justice, which has been exacerbated by the pandemic over the previous two years.

We looked at the transformations that were needed or expected to take place throughout the justice system and within the profession, including the role of technology, access to the Bar, working practices and barristers’ individual and collective business development and management. 

View the full programme, read the speaker and panellist profiles and view the full list of sponsors below.

The programme: sessions and speakers


The Grand Connaught Rooms, London, and live streamed online


Online event sponsors

Fleet Street Wealth
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One of the main providers of financial services to barristers, Fleet Street Wealth is an independent Chartered firm offering advice ranging from wealth management, retirement planning and cash flow forecasting to tax planning, mortgages and protection.

Visit the Fleet Street Wealth to find out more and arrange a free initial consultation


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Make your strongest case with LexisNexis. LexisNexis continue to find ways to help members of the Bar to work more productively, prepare arguments with confidence and get the best results for their clients with their pioneering and trusted online libraries and guidance and training via their webinars programme.

Log into MyBar to find out more about the LexisNexis offer


Drinks reception sponsor

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Worried about how to protect your chambers from ransomware attacks and email account takeover?

The solution is Mitigo. Their support has been designed for chambers to safeguard against cyber attacks. After assessing your risks, Mitigo will take care of the three areas needed to keep your chambers safe:

Technology – includes detailed technology assessments, penetration testing, and vulnerability scanning
People – includes e-learning, testing, and simulated phishing
Governance – includes policies, customised handbook, and risk management framework.

Mitigo also provides a rapid response, containment, and investigation service, and can assist with reporting obligations to regulators and clients.

Visit the Mitigo website to find out more and book a free 1-hour consultation


Event bag sponsor

Vector Professions Finance
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Vector Professions Finance is a well established company providing aged debt funding to the Bar.

Visit the Vector Professions Finance website to find out more


Badge sponsor 

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Currencies Direct offer market-leading FX and international payment solutions to individuals and businesses. They help their clients to get more for their money when sending funds overseas, simply by offering free transfers and more competitive exchange rates than the banks. They were also recently voted MoneyAge’s Transfer Provider of the Year and are rated ‘Excellent’ for customer service on Trustpilot.

Visit the Currencies Direct website to find out more


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Advanced has over 30 years’ experience in technical systems development. Over 2,000 barristers use MLC to manage their practice on-the-go, with online access to documents in the Cloud, safe in the knowledge that GDPR compliance is fully catered for. MLC offers a true commercial advantage with management tools that maximise efficiency by streamlining processes and monitoring real-time progress.  Our cutting-edge technology was developed to meet the changing requirements of modern chambers. By utilising mobile tools that reduce reliance on physical premises, barristers, clerks, solicitor firms and additional third parties can work together seamlessly.


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Advocate is the Bar’s national charity that makes it possible for barristers to balance a dedicated practice with making a significant contribution to the community. We exist because committed barristers across England and Wales care about access to justice for everyone. We match members of the public who need free legal help with barristers who are willing to donate their time and expertise in deserving cases for those who are unable to obtain legal aid and cannot afford to pay. We provide assistance in all areas of law, and at all levels, from tribunals right through to the Supreme Court.


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Charles Cameron & Associates is an independent mortgage brokerage with expertise in the employee benefit sector. We work with the HR & Benefits teams of over 220 corporations, including over 40 law firms, in order to deliver quality mortgage advice and financial education services to support employee well-being, and are delighted to extend this service to members of the Bar, as well as all chambers staff in the UK. All of our services are completely free of charge. We understand Barrister’s remuneration and can advise on residential and buy-to-let mortgages and remortgages, as well as bridging finance, commercial, second charge mortgages and secured lending.


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As the largest independent office services provider in the UK, for Complete, sustainability is at the heart of what we do. As well as reducing costs for our clients, we are also driven to reduce our customers’ and our own negative impacts on the environment. By consolidating supply and delivering via zero emissions electric vehicles we are setting the standard on how products and services can be low carbon as well as low cost. In order to achieve this, we need to work collaboratively with both our customers and supply partners across all aspects of procurement.


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The Free Representation Unit is a pro bono charity. We represent our clients in employment, social security, and criminal injuries compensation tribunals. Our advocates are all volunteers, most of who are aspiring lawyers at the start of their career. We train our volunteers and support them as they prepare for the hearing and negotiate with respondents in employment cases. We are also grateful to barristers in practice who help us with advice and representation in complex and appellate cases. 

FRU receives fantastic support from the Bar Council, the Inns, ICBET, specialist Bar associations and many chambers and individual barristers.


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The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and Wales has been the leading authority on case law since its inception in 1865. Founded by the four Inns to provide succinct, timely and accurate Law Reports, ICLR has continued this tradition for 155 years. Ten years ago ICLR launched ICLR Online – now in its fourth iteration it offers a simple and easy to navigate interface providing access to over a quarter of a million documents, and with the introduction of Case Genie, an AI powered analysis tool, ICLR is at the forefront of legal case research.


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Make your strongest case with LexisNexis. LexisNexis continue to find ways to help members of the Bar to work more productively, prepare arguments with confidence and get the best results for their clients with their pioneering and trusted online libraries and guidance and training via their webinars programme.

Visit the Lexisnexis website:


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Place Campbell Chartered Accountants relationship with The Bar goes back almost 70 years and we now act for over 2500 barristers and 70 sets of chambers. This experience means that we are considered by many to be the UK’s Bar specialists and we are proud to be The Bar Council’s accountancy business partner. Our ethos is to make dealing with your financial affairs as straightforward as possible so that you can concentrate on your practice.


View the speakers' and panellists' photos and profiles (surnames A-K)

View the speakers' and panellists' photos and profiles (surnames L-M)


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Paperless training packs

To minimise environmental impact and the amount of paper you have to carry with you, Bar Council training packs are paperless. As a delegate you will receive the materials you need for the training by email in advance, which you can access on your laptop or tablet or print in advace if required. 
Throughout the training, there will be references to various Bar Council guidance or external documents which are included as a hyperlink within the attendee workbook.