The Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference brings together the profession at a time when it is vital that we unite behind our common interests and principles, push forward our agenda for diversification and growth, and consider what we want the Bar and justice system of the future to look like. 

The 2020 conference took place from 18-21 November 2020.

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18 - 21 November 2020, 10:00 - 19:00
Event Type
Practice management, Business development, Equality and diversity, Coronavirus, Law reform, International, Wellbeing

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.

Why attend?

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

View the full programme as a PDF

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Event sponsors

BMW Group International & Specialist Sales Division
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BMW Group are delighted to introduce their VIP Programme for the Bar, providing members with exclusive offers across the entire range of BMW models, the complete MINI family, BMW Motorrad Bikes and the growing choice of BMW i vehicles and plug-in hybrids. With a specialised department dedicated to your needs, our skilled, professional staff offer an established and highly regarded level of service and would be delighted to deal with your enquiry. What’s more, purchasing has never been more convenient, simple and affordable. With offers we guarantee won’t be beaten by the retail network, a simple online selection and ordering process and direct delivery options available. We take the hard work out of purchasing, so you can enjoy the ultimate drive.

To find out more about the programme benefits and to view our latest offers, please call 0370 700 5209, email [email protected] or visit our website.


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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.