10 of the things the Bar Council did in April 2016

5 May 2016

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

  1. The Bar Council, Law Society and National Union of Journalists hosted the 'Speak in Safety' event in Parliament to draw attention to the lack of protections in the Investigatory Powers Bill for those seeking confidential legal advice, and for sources and whistleblowers speaking with journalists

  2. Chairman of the Bar, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, and Young Barristers' Committee Chair, Louisa Nye, spoke at the World Bar Conference in Edinburgh and the heads of the world's referral bars re-affirmed the Edinburgh Declaration

  3. Chairman of the Bar met with barristers on a circuit visits to Teesside and Newcastle, Cardiff and Swansea. She was joined by the Chair of the Young Barristers' Committee for the visit to Wales

  4. Bar Council supported and attended the Bar Mock Trials national finals at the Old Bailey, won by Dalriada School from Ballymoney, Co Antrim

  5. Chairman of the Bar appeared on BBC Radio Four's You & Yours consumer programme to warn of the risks associated with paid for McKenzie Friends

  6. Chairman and YBC Chairman attended the Temple Women's Forum event at Middle Temple

  7. Bar Council issues warning over Ministry of Justice plans to increase Immigration & Asylum Tribunal fees by as much as 500%

  8. Chairman of the Bar and the Bar Council's International team led a trade mission to Seoul, Shanghai and Hong Kong to strengthen ties with Asia's legal sector. Four young barristers on the Bar Council/Korean Bar Association exchange programme joined for the Seoul leg of the visit.

  9. Bar Council supported amendments to the Investigatory Powers Bill to protection legal privilege were tabled by Labour and SNP MPs and debated in Committee

  10. YBC Chairman and Vice-Chairman meet with the Master of the Rolls and the President of the Family Division.