10 of the things the Bar Council did in August 2016

16 September 2016

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

  1. Chairman of the Bar, Chantal-Aimee Doerries QC, warned readers of the Financial Times, The Times, Mail on Sunday and several other media outlets that new figures from the Registry Trust showed increased court fees were pricing people out of court

  2. A new LinkedIn group specifically for employed barristers was launched by the Bar Council.   

  3. Lord Neuberger was announced as the speaker for the Bar Council's 16th Annual Law Reform Lecture on 21 November. The title for this year's lecture is The Supreme Court 7 years on: Lessons learnt.   

  4. Chairman-Elect of the Bar, Andrew Langdon QC, met with a delegation from Vietnam to discuss legal aid, while Chairman of the Bar, Chantal-Aimee Doerries QC, met with Treasury Solicitor, Jonathan Jones, and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, Richard Heaton CB, to discuss Brexit related matters. 

  5. Chairman of the Bar Council Young Barristers' Committee, Louisa Nye, guest blogged for Solicitors Journal on the value the young Bar provides. 

  6. Statistics from the Bar Council's Direct Access Portal revealed that Brexit had prompted businesses and individuals to turn to barristers for help on legal issues, such as EU and employment law.  

  7. The Bar Council and Bar Human Rights Committee issued a joint statement voicing concern over the abduction of Mir Ahmed Bin Quasem, a lawyer in Bangladesh.  

  8. A new Bar Council Recruitment Portal was launched for chambers.  

  9. The attack on lawyers at a hospital in Quetta killing 70 people was condemned by the Chairman of the Bar. 

  10. The Chairman of the Bar represented the Bar of England and Wales at the American Bar Association conference in San Francisco and Canadian Bar Association Legal Conference in Ottawa, participating in Bar leader events on Brexit and regulation of legal services.