This is the first seminar in our 'managing people and behaviours in chambers' event series designed to help chambers with effective people management and establish positive cultures and practices in chambers.

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12 September 2024, 17:00 - 19:00
Event Type
Chambers management

This online seminar, which forms part of our new 'managing people and behaviours in chambers' event series, is designed to help you improve your understanding of effective people management and establish positive cultures and practices in chambers. This is the first event in our series, view all the events.

Our expert panel will run you through the basics before exploring several real-life scenarios relating to barristers, helping you to develop a more sophisticated approach to handling challenging behaviours amongst your members and reduce the associated risks.

Why attend

  • Improve your knowledge of the minimum regulatory and legislative duties relating to barristers in chambers.
  • Learn how to differentiate between professional and non-professional conduct.
  • Get practical advice on how to codify positive behaviour through chambers policies and procedures.
  • Hear examples of good practice from our expert panellists.
  • Learn how to handle challenging behaviours exhibited by your barristers and get practical advice about how to handle poor performance.
  • Improve your understanding of chambers’ members’ individual and collective liabilities when things go wrong.

Who should attend

  • Heads and deputy heads of chambers, and other members of chambers management committees.
  • Heads and deputy heads of other committees and steering groups in chambers.
  • Chief executives, chief operating officers, chambers directors, and other chambers professionals with responsibility for personnel management.
  • Senior clerks and senior practice managers.


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Rachel Holmes, Chief Executive at Matrix Chambers, Chambers Management Panel member, former Joint Chair of the Legal Practice Management Association

Rachel Holmes is responsible for the overall management of Matrix, including the development of client relationships, marketing strategy and day-to-day operations. She works closely with the practice managers to direct and develop the practices of Matrix barristers and to ensure that a consistently high-quality service is provided.  Rachel is a member of the Bar Council Chambers Management Panel and a member of the Advisory Board of the Managing Partners Forum. She is a former Chair of the LPMA.



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Rachel Krys, Equality & Diversity Consultant, Bar Council

Rachel has been a consultant to the Bar Council Equality Diversity and Inclusion team since 2019 supporting projects to improve the retention and progression of women and under-represented groups at the Bar. Rachel delivers equality, fair recruitment, mentoring and harassment training for the Bar Council and bespoke consultancy for chambers.

Rachel has been an equality and human rights campaigner for more than two decades and has worked with large and small employers to tackle discrimination, analyse and improve equality outcomes and promote inclusion.

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John Battle KC (Hon.), Head of Legal and Compliance for Independent Television News (ITN)

John works as Head of Legal and Compliance for Independent Television News (ITN). He was awarded honorary KC in December 2022. He has led the broadcast industry on the issue of cameras in court over twenty years. There is now filming of sentencing hearings in the Crown Court, the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and most Public Inquests. In 2022 he won the Employed Barrister of the Year in Commerce, Finance, or Industry in the Bar Council’s Employed Bar Awards for his work on a Reporters’ Charter which summarises the rights of court reporters and was adopted by the Ministry of Justice and launched at the Society of Editors’ Annual Conference in May 2022.

Further speakers to be confirmed.

Ticket options

Standard ticket
  • Single session: £90
  • This session and one other: £145
  • All four sessions: £220
BRF subscriber
  • Single session: £72
  • This session and one other: £115
  • All four sessions: £175
Annual chambers management package
  • Single session: 2 credit hours
  • This session and one other: 3 credit hours
  • All four sessions: 6 credit hours


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All Bar Council online training is held on the Zoom videoconferencing platform. Please ensure you read our Zoom statement before booking.

Introduction to employee management in chambers

The second event in the series introduces you to the basics of people management.

Advanced employee (and pupil barrister) management in chambers

The third event in the chambers series helps you develop a more sophisticated approach to behavioural management and reduce the associated risks.

Conducting investigations and managing disciplinary processes in chambers

The third event in the chambers event series provides advice on investigative processes and disciplinary processes.

Chambers Management enquiry service

The Chambers Management enquiry service provides guidance and assistance on issues relating to chambers management to practising barristers and chambers professionals.

Policies and procedures for chambers

Find the policies and procedures your chambers needs in place to ensure regulatory and legislative compliance, and the resources that will help you to implement them.

Annual Chambers Management package

The Bar Council’s bespoke package of training, services and resources for chambers professionals

Chambers Management Panel

Find out more about the Bar Council’s work to support barristers and chambers professionals with the effective management of chambers

The Annual Chambers Management package

This training session is available as part of the Bar Council's Annual Chambers Membership package. Chambers membership gives you access to a range of training and support throughout the year, chosen to suit your needs. Find out more about the package.

In-chambers training

We can offer this training in-chambers, including at chambers on the circuits. Please contact our Training and Events team for information on dates and pricing.  

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.

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