Developing a future-proof practice

An in-person panel and networking event supporting barristers within their first seven years of practice to identify new opportunities and navigate today's challenges.

This event is part of the Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference 2022. Please note that online attendance to this event is free with a full day Conference ticket for Saturday 26 November. 

Limited in-person tickets available.

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When
25 November 2022, 17:00 - 19:00
Event Type
Conference
Where
The Bar Council, 289-293 High Holborm. Online option available
Topics
Practice management, Careers, Business development, Pro bono, International

This is an exclusive opportunity for practitioners within their first seven years of practice to network with peers and receive practical advice on managing a successful career at the Bar. Join this in-person event to hear about early career opportunities and how to take a more strategic approach to the development of your practice. We will also be joined by Sir Jonathan Jones KCB KC (Hon) who will provide the keynote address at this event for the young Bar.

Why attend

  • Build your network and meet with colleagues from across the profession
  • Learn how to navigate the challenges of working internationally and receive practical advice on how to access new jurisdictions
  • Gain insight from the clerks’ room on getting the most from your practice review and building your personal brand
  • Hear how pro-bono work can have a positive impact on your career and how best to harness the skills and experience gained
  • Tickets from £25 and further discounts for those with a Full day Conference Ticket

Agenda

Building your practice: Opportunities for the Young Bar

Opening remarks by Sir Jonathan Jones KCB KC (Hon), Senior Consultant, Linklaters LLP, and Former Treasury Solicitor, Procurator General and Permanent Secretary of the Government Legal Department.

Join members of the Young Barristers’ Committee in this session designed to help delegates look to the future and take a more strategic approach to the development of their practices. Our panellists will share their insights into accessing international markets, discuss the profile-boosting benefits of undertaking pro-bono work, and explore how to diversify to build a future-proof practice.

Speakers

Chair: Michael Polak
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Chair of the Bar Council’s Young Barristers’ Committee

Michael Polak is a member of Church Court Chambers and practises in international law, crime, human rights, and strategic litigation.

Prior to becoming Chair of the Young Barristers’ Committee, Michael was President of Middle Temple Young Barrister’s Association and in the past he has been the elected Chair of the Human Rights Lawyers Association’s Young Lawyers’ Committee where he started the annual judicial review competition and journal, the Young Human Rights Lawyer.

Michael is on the Hall Committee of Middle Temple and is an elected member of the South-Eastern Circuit and the Bar Council.

Samantha Jones 
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Practice Manager, 3VB 

Samantha joined chambers in June 2019. Prior to joining chambers Samantha spent 9 years at a leading multi-disciplinary civil set and a leading Shropshire Law firm. Samantha holds an LLB Law Degree from the University of Wales Aberystwyth and an ILEX Post-Graduate Diploma. Samantha is an active member of the Institute of Barristers Clerk (IBC) and sits on the Management and Education Committees.

Grace Cheng
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39 Essex Chambers

Grace is a barrister at 39 Essex Chambers, a qualified Hong Kong solicitor and has rights of audience before the AIFC Court (Kazakhstan), DIFC Courts (Dubai) and the SICC (Singapore). She is a member of the Bar Council’s ADR Panel and is included on various panels and databases of arbitrators including AIAC; HKIAC; LCIA; LMAA; SIAC; Sport Resolutions and WIPO. She has also been appointed as an adjudicator on several cases. Grace has taught law at various universities in the UK and in Taiwan. She previously worked at Slaughter and May and was judicial assistant to the Honourable Mr Justice Blair when he was the Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court. 

Aaqib Javed
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Spire Barristers

Aaqib is a tenant at Spire Barristers and specialises in all aspects of family children work and is also developing a practice in the Court of Protection. Aaqib frequently takes on work on a pro bono basis and has developed a strong relationship with Advocate and the Family Legal Advice Clinic run by BPP. He also coaches and mentors students at his former secondary school in the Bar Mock Trial Competition. He has recently developed his own mentoring programme which focuses on providing advice to students undertaking the BPTC.

Sir Jonathan Jones KCB KC (Hon)
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Senior Consultant, Linklaters LLP, and Former Treasury Solicitor, Procurator General and Permanent Secretary of the Government Legal Department

Jonathan Jones was a government lawyer for over 30 years, holding senior legal posts in HM Treasury, the Education Department, the Attorney General’s Office and the Home Office.  From 2014-2020 Jonathan was Treasury Solicitor, HM Procurator General and Permanent Secretary of the Government Legal Department – the most senior official in the UK government. He is now a senior consultant in public and constitutional law at Linklaters LLP.  He is also a visiting professor at Durham Law School and a bencher of Middle Temple.  He was appointed honorary Queen’s Counsel in 2019 and knighted (KCB) for public service in 2020.   

Prices

Ticket type Online session price In-person session price
Standard £50 £60
BRF discount £40 £48
Pupils, Students, bands 1 and 2 £24 £30
Pupils, Students, bands 1 and 2 with BRF discount £20 £25

Prices do not include VAT. VAT will be added when you choose your ticket.

Limited availability for in-person tickets. 

 

Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference 2022

This event is taking place as part of this year's Annual Conference being held Wednesday 23 - Saturday 26 November. To view all other events taking place visit the main Conference webpage. 

Please note that online attendance to this session is free with a full day Conference ticket for Saturday 26 November. 

Please ensure you read our terms and conditions and privacy statement before booking. This event will be held on the Zoom videoconferencing platform. Please ensure you read our Zoom statement before booking.

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