Panel Discussion and Q&A on the proposed new AGFS Scheme

Date: 13 February 2017

Time: 18:30 - 19:30

The General Council of the Bar 289 - 293 High Holborn WC1V 7HZ

The Young Barristers' Committee has organised an evening event on the topic of the proposed new AGFS Scheme and its impact on the Young Bar.

The Ministry of Justice launched a consultation entitled ' Reforming the Advocates Graduated Fees Scheme'. This contains a proposal for a new scheme Advocates Graduated Fees Scheme ('AGFS'), which replaces the old scheme with one which rationalises the way that publicly funded defence cases are paid by ensuring that cases are paid based on its complexity, and rewards advocacy.

The proposed advantages for young barristers are:

  • Being paid £300 for every ineffective trial

  • Restoration of payment for PTPH, sentence and mentions

  • Payment for the second day of every trial

  • A scheme that rewards advocates for the level of work done and their experience

  • No more arguments over the service of material as evidence.

It goes without saying that no scheme is perfect. The Young Barristers' Committee, will be responding to the consultation, and are holding this event to get a better understanding of the views of young barristers to feed in to the Consultation response.


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Event information

The format of the event is a panel discussion with audience Q&As and the confirmed speakers include:

The discussion will be chaired by Duncan McCombe, Maitland Chambers; Chairman of the Young Baristers' Committee.

Event timings:

The registration opens at 18:00 for a prompt 18:30 start. The event will last 1 hour

  The event is FREE to attend. 

Please email Petra Majzlikova to register.