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Driving reform: Sir Geoffrey Vos MR

Sir Geoffrey Vos, Master of the Rolls and Head of Civil Justice since January 2021, is well known for his passion for access to justice and all things digital. Perhaps less widely known is the driven personality and wanderlust that lies behind this, as Anthony Inglese CB discovers 

10 July 2024 / Anthony Inglese CB

Maximising the potential of women in law

How to achieve real and sustainable change for women in law? Hena Vissian, Chair of the Midland Circuit Women’s Forum, shares two generations of lessons learnt 

10 July 2024 / Hena Vissian

‘Nosce te ipsum’: know thyself

Fahrid Chishty, an Inns of Court Pegasus Scholar for 2023-24, reflects on allyship, international practice and the importance of knowing oneself 

10 July 2024 / Fahrid Chishty

Northern Powerhouses: Sally Harrison KC, Sam Hillas KC and Nikki Saxton KC

Jenna Lucas meets the financial remedy silks to find out how each forged their path to silk and brought led money work back to the Northern Bar – along with the responsibility that brings and the importance of a side hustle 

10 June 2024 / Jenna Lucas

Northern Irish at heart: Lord Stephens

‘The Bar is a treadmill. It is important to raise your eyes and look ahead,’ says Lord Stephens who gave himself five years to make it as a barrister. Now a Supreme Court Justice, he gives Anthony Inglese CB a fascinating insight into life and practice in Northern Ireland as well as the UK’s top court 

10 June 2024 / Anthony Inglese CB

Practice Toolset


Forging a diverse career path: foundation tips

Eight top tips to build the foundations for a diverse career, as well as practice management more generally. By Charlotte Pope-Williams 

10 July 2024 / Charlotte Pope-Williams

Forging a diverse career path: BIOT Court of Appeal

Breadth of roles makes us better lawyers, says Edward Bennett, who acts as Registrar of the BIOT Court of Appeal alongside his busy family practice 

10 July 2024 / Edward Bennett

Menopause – practice tips

Brie Stevens-Hoare KC and Lyndsey de Mestre KC take a look at the difficulties women encounter during the menopause, and offer some practical tips for individuals and chambers to make things easier 


Advice for those seeking probationary tenancy

See probationary tenancy as a fresh opportunity to impress a new group of decision-makers, advises Abiodun Olatokun 

10 July 2024 / Abiodun Olatokun FRSA

Can’t believe your eyes?

How to navigate open source evidence in an era of deepfakes. By Professor Yvonne McDermott Rees and Professor Alexa Koenig 

Justice Matters


Disclosure: the full picture

In this update on his Independent Review of Disclosure, Jonathan Fisher KC focuses on the miscellany of problems which need to be addressed right across the disclosure regime 

10 July 2024 / Jonathan Fisher KC

The presumption that computers are reliable

Stephen Mason sets out how the legal presumption, which exposed widespread misunderstanding about the nature of computer failures and caused serious widespread injustice, came into effect 

10 July 2024 / Stephen Mason

Racial justice and the law: where do we go from here?

The legal system has been both a help and a hindrance, says Bharat Malkani who reflects on the relationship between law and racial justice in the run-up to the 60th anniversary of the Race Relations Act 

10 July 2024 / Dr Bharat Malkani

Is the law really protecting our wildlife?

Marcia Hyde and Carol Day examine wildlife’s dire decline and the lack of effective legal remedy. Using the examples of the badger and hen harrier, they illustrate how difficult it can be to use the law for the purpose it was enacted 

10 July 2024 / Marcia Hyde / Carol Day

Art not evidence

Art, including music, should be protected as a fundamental form of freedom of expression and not used to unfairly implicate individuals, argues Ifẹ Thompson

10 July 2024 / Ife Thompson

Bon Vivant


South Asian Heritage Month 2024

Jasvir Singh trails this summer’s celebrations, open to all and with the theme ‘Free to Be Me’, by focusing on the diversity of South Asian heritage barristers and judges, and the trailblazers who led the way 

10 July 2024 / Jasvir Singh Degun CBE

Secret E-Diary

Is anyone up for a challenge? asks William Byfield

10 July 2024 / William Byfield
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Kiss Me, Kate

Daniel Barnett reviews the Barbican’s summer musical – a ‘meta-theatrical take on The Taming of the Shrew 

08 July 2024 / Daniel Barnett

Secret E-Diary

Off with their wigs! William Byfield has no objection in principle

10 June 2024 / William Byfield

Book review: The Water is Warm

By Jennifer Stawska (HH Stephen Wildblood KC)

10 June 2024 / Rhys Taylor

Black Inclusion


A ‘10K Black Interns’ experience at the Bar

Championing underrepresented talent, 10K Black Interns 2024 is open for applications. Mentee Tendai Chiguvare and mentor Anna Walsh share their experience of the summer internship scheme at the Bar 

19 February 2024 / Tendai Chiguvare / Anna Walsh

Black women at the Bar: challenges faced and a fairer future

Bibi Badejo reports from a packed Inns of Court Women’s Alliance event examining the experiences of Black women barristers and imparting crucial advice for Black women navigating the legal profession 

19 February 2024 / Bibi Badejo

Fair recruitment at the Bar

Ensuring recruitment processes are fair, and free from bias, is essential to drive diversity at the Bar. Bindi Dholakia and Rachel Krys examine the theory and practice 

19 February 2024 / Bindi Dholakia / Rachel Krys

‘True equality alongside excellence’: Jason Pitter KC

The North Eastern Circuit Leader on his trailblazing career, turbulent early years of practice and his mission to equip all barristers, regardless of their characteristics, with the opportunity to thrive. Interview by Glenn Parsons  

13 November 2023 / Glenn Parsons

‘Talent on its own is not enough’: Barbara Mills KC

The Vice Chair-elect of the Bar talks to Michael V Sternberg KC about her election (and how she got there), why it is now time to raise the voice of the Family Bar, and her continued drive for equality, diversity and inclusion 

11 September 2023 / Michael V Sternberg KC KCFO

AI and the Bar


Can’t believe your eyes?

How to navigate open source evidence in an era of deepfakes. By Professor Yvonne McDermott Rees and Professor Alexa Koenig 

Deepfake elections

Alex Goodman KC on why our electoral laws need an urgent upgrade – they were not designed to address the corruption of popular opinion by AI and deepfakes 

13 May 2024 / Alex Goodman KC

Regulating AI – how will it work?

The reluctance of governments to set agreed universal standards will inevitably mean that regulators have to fill the gap, says Sara Ibrahim. How are UK regulators preparing and what are the issues facing practitioners? 

13 May 2024 / Sara Ibrahim

JudicialTech: friend or foe?

Jeremy Barnett and David Ormerod CBE KC (Hon) explore the emerging technologies and principles at stake 


Copyright protection in the online world

With AI models the subject of litigation worldwide, courts are grappling with what copyright protects, what it should  protect, and how. Mark Wilden reports 

19 February 2024 / Mark Wilden

Bar Students


Who gets pupillage?

The Bar Council crunches the data to tell the real story of who gets pupillage... and when 

01 September 2023 / The Bar Council

Why being a barrister is the best job in the world (or what you need to know going in)

Newly minted Bar graduates compete at a ratio of 300:1 for a golden ticket to Wonka’s Criminal Justice Factory. The Secret Barrister explains why…

01 September 2021 / The Secret Barrister

The Bar qualification rules

The Bar Standards Board on what you need to know about training to become a barrister in England and Wales

01 September 2021 / Bar Standards Board

Choosing a Bar course

Laurence Cooper explores the high-stakes world of choosing a Bar training course provider

01 September 2021 / Laurence Cooper

The finance factor

How to fund training is often a student’s biggest concern. Here, Rose Malleson takes a look at the types of scholarship and financing options available

01 September 2021 / Rose Malleson
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Time for change and investment

The Chair of the Bar sets out how the new government can restore the justice system

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