10 of the things the Bar Council did in November

14 December 2016

What is it the Bar Council does? Here's a glimpse of just some of the work we have done in November 2016.

  1. The Bar Council unanimously passed a resolution calling on the Lord Chancellor to defend the independence of the judiciary. Following this, the Bar Council, led by Chairman of the Bar, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, appeared top of the news agenda on more than 2000 television, radio, online and print media outlets, including BBC News, Channel 4 News, Sky News and Channel 5. The  resolution followed attacks from parts of the press on the judiciary following the first instance decision in Article 50 litigation. The Lord Chancellor subsequently made a statement defending the independence of the judiciary. 

  2. Vulnerable witness training for publicly-funded advocates appearing in serious sexual offence cases was launched by the Bar Council. The training will be delivered on a pro bono basis by the Circuits, the Inns and CBA. 

  3. A Special Young Bar edition of BarTalk was published, highlighting the work of the Young Barristers Committee. The YBC held its final Toolkit Seminar of the year in Birmingham, focusing on wellbeing, and the new Wellbeing Bar Portal. 

  4. Coinciding with National Pro Bono Week, the Bar Council launched a pro bono hub, collating in one place all of the Bar's pro bono resources, as well as, gathering stories of the Bar's pro bono work. 

  5. Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court, delivered this year's Bar Council Law Reform Lecture to a packed house at Inner Temple. The winners of this year's Law Reform Essay Competition were also announced.

  6. Introducing the Bar Council's 10th International Rule of Law Lecturer by Baroness Tulkens, the Chairman of the Bar warned that the new Investigatory Powers Act did not go far enough in its protection of legal professional privilege. 

  7. The Bar Council jointly hosted Russian Law Week in London (with the Law Society), with a  delegation of Russian lawyers participating in a busy programme. The event coincided with the Russia and Ukraine Training Scheme for lawyers, with 10 young lawyers visiting and working in chambers. 

  8. The Chairman of the Bar joined a high profile delegation on a mission to Beijing, China, organised by the Great Britain China Council. She spoke at several events about the importance of the rule of law, the UK's strength as a dispute resolution centre, and the skills and expertise of the English and Welsh Bar. 

  9. A new initiative was launched to give students membership of the Bar Council. By paying a £24 a year Bar Representation Fee (BRF) students can support the Bar Council's work and take advantage of benefits such as BarTalk subscription, access to retail discounts, as well as free entry to certain Bar Council events. 

  10. The Bar Council exhibited at The Business Show to promote the Bar, Direct Access Portal and BARCO to more than 17,000 businesses who attended the event.