Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference 2020
Forward thinking: Bar of the Future
Held entirely online across four days through a series of live speaker, panel and discussion sessions, this year's conference is a fully accessible opportunity to hear the big issues of the profession being addressed by outstanding barristers and renowned subject area experts. We aim to bring together representatives from all circuits, areas of work and levels of experience to learn from each other’s experiences, gain practical insight into key issues facing the Bar, and consider the forward thinking we need to shape the Bar of the future.
With sessions split over four days (across Wednesday evening, Thursday evening, Friday afternoon and all day Saturday), the conference is designed to fit around your schedule. To ensure you can get the best value out of the event, this year you can either sign up to attend the whole event or just choose the individual sessions you would most like to attend.
Sign up to the full conference and take the opportunity to:
- Attend over 10 hours of insightful panel and speaker sessions across four days
- Hear from over 30 expert speakers
- Achieve up to 8 hours of CPD
- Learn from colleagues working in a range of areas across the Bar and judiciary
View the full programme below.
The programme: sessions and speakers
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Wednesday 18 November
Welcome from the Chairs of the Bar and Bar Council's Young Barristers' Committee
Amanda Pinto QC (Chair of the Bar of England and Wales)
Katherine Duncan (Chair of the Bar Council's Young Barristers' Committee)
Delivering Justice in 2021
The Lord Chief Justice will speak about priorities for 2021, including how the court modernisation programme will ensure the effective delivery of justice. Followed by a Q&A session.
Taking action: Race and the Bar
This panel will discuss how, individually and collectively, we can address the causes of systemic discrimination through positive steps to improve diversity within the profession. Our speakers will stimulate conversation by sharing examples of what can be done to ensure equality of opportunity in the recruitment, retention and progression of Black and other minority ethnic barristers.
Simon Regis (Bar Council Race Working Group Co-Chair, Employed Barrister of the Year)
Jo Sidhu QC (25 Bedford Row, Criminal Bar Association Vice-Chair)
Natasha Shotunde (Garden Court, Black Barristers' Network Chair)
Baroness Ruth Hunt (Deeds and Words – Bar Council Leadership Programme)
Martin Forde QC (1 Crown Office Row)
Thursday 19 November
Quantifying legal demand growth and the impact of Covid-19 with LexisNexis
How can you measure the impact of COVID-19 on the Bar and demand for legal services? LexisNexis will share the Q2 2020 findings from our LexisNexis GLP Index. The index tracks demand in the legal market, showing the impact of COVID-19 on the Bar and Practice Areas.
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Leading the charge - our international position
As the UK leaves the EU and seeks new trade agreements with other nations, the opportunities for international growth in and outside Europe are plentiful. Join our panel of leading international practitioners, including the Chancellor of the High Court (Master of the Rolls from 2021), to discuss our future role in the international legal market. Hear how barristers can expand their international practice in the UK and overseas and how the UK can remain a leading global centre for dispute resolution.
Steven Thompson QC (XXIV Old Buildings; Bar Council International Committee Chair)
The Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey Vos (Chancellor of the High Court)
Mehvish Chaudhry (Harcourt)
Rachel Barnes (3 Raymond Buildings)
Friday 20 November
Adapting chambers for the future
Covid-19 has significantly affected sets of all shapes and sizes across England and Wales. They have quickly responded with management and operational changes. Our panel will discuss how the chambers model can be adapted to ensure long-term success and sustainability, explore examples of flexible working and give advice on the effectiveness of virtual marketing and business development techniques.
Tony McDaid (Chief Executive and Director of Clerking, No5)
Neil Hawes QC (Bar Council Remuneration Committee Chair)
Catherine Calder (Joint Chief Executive, Serjeants’ Inn, LPMA Co-Chair)
Julia King (Head of Chambers, Castlegate)
Lisa Watts (Marketing Consultant, 3PB)
Ethics and advocacy: identifying and resolving dilemmas
Join our Ethics and Advocacy panel in identifying whether challenges relate to practical advocacy or ethical dilemmas. The panel will deal with problems including remote hearings and Covid-related issues. Delegates will consider scenarios in both employed and self-employed practice and have an opportunity to discuss their own views. Our panellists’ practices range across all jurisdictions.
Susan Grocott QC (Deans Court)
Charlotte Pope-Williams (Pinsent Masons LLP)
Cathryn McGahey QC (Temple Garden, Bar Council Ethics Committee Vice-Chair)
Sa’ad Hossain QC (One Essex Court, Bar Council Equality, Diversity and Social Mobility Committee Co-Chair)
Kannan Siva (Albion)
Saturday 21 November
November meeting of the Bar Council
Watch a live stream of the November meeting. This meeting is open to practising barristers at the Bar. To confirm your attendance, email us by by 19 November. You must be a practising barrister to attend.
An eye on the horizon: reforming the justice system
Split into two separate sessions, Amanda Pinto QC will be discussing the justice system and priorities for the future with the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice and the Shadow Justice Secretary.
In conversation with The Lord Chancellor, Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
In conversation with Rt Hon David Lammy, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice
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This session will be followed by the announcement of this year's Pro Bono Award winners for the Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement in Pro Bono, the Sydney Elland Goldsmith award.
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Bar Council Book Club: A spotlight on Justice
Join the Bar Council’s first virtual book club with some of our most impressive barrister- authors with recently published works speaking about the justice system and their personal experiences of it. Our book club promises lively discussion on how to address problems with the administration of justice and diversifying our profession.
Amanda Pinto QC
Alexandra Wilson (5 St Andrews Hill and author of ‘In Black and White’)
The Secret Barrister (author of ‘The Secret Barrister’ and ‘Fake Law’)
Sarah Langford (3 Paper Buildings and author of ‘In Your Defence’)
Chris Daw QC (Millennium and author of ‘Justice on Trial’)
Building resilience from adversity
Professor Andy McCann is an expert in human performance. With barristers’ wellbeing and personal resilience under more strain than ever, he will provide practical techniques that we can use to help cultivate resilience and maintain a positive mindset, with a view to overcoming adversity and setting up for success.
Elaine Banton (7BR)
Professor Andy McCann (Director of DNA Definitive, Visiting Professor, Manchester Metropolitan University)
Choose your session:
Making the most of your Practice Review
A practical session designed for all members of the Young Bar by the Bar Council Young Barristers’ Committee on how to set yourself up for a thriving practice by plotting the course of your career from the start, using practice reviews to get the work you want (and need) by setting your expectations and boundaries.
Katherine Duncan (Garden Court, Bar Council Young Barristers' Committee Chair)
Lucy Barbet (Joint Senior Clerk, 11KBW; Chair of the Institute of Barristers' Clerks)
Piers Doggart (Team Leader, Attorney General & General Private Law Litigation Team, Government Legal Department)
Fallon Alexis (QEB Hollis Whiteman)
The future of virtual justice
The rapid implementation of remote technology in response to Covid-19 has changed the way the justice system operates. Our panel will consider whether adopting a long-term hybrid approach will improve access to justice and what can be done to limit the disadvantages. Panellists will share best practice across different jurisdictions and consider where the line should be drawn between in person and remote hearings and which changes should stay in the system long-term.
Jacqueline Reid (11 South Square, Bar Council IT Panel Chair)
Steven Snowden QC (12 King’s Bench Walk, Personal Injury Bar Association Chair)
Bibi Badejo (4 Brick Court)
The Rt. Hon Lord Justice Lindblom (Senior President of Tribunals)
Jaime Hamilton QC (9 St John Street)
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