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Legal Personality

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Restoring faith: Marina Wheeler KC

The ‘non-party political’ employment silk advising Labour talks to Stephanie Hayward about employer failure to tackle workplace sexual harassment and the urgent need to reinvent whistleblowing culture 

13 May 2024 / Stephanie Hayward
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Chair of the BSB: Kathryn Stone OBE

From Parliamentary standards to barrister standards – Kathryn Stone OBE, Chair of the Bar’s regulator, talks to Anthony Inglese CB about roots, respect and reviews 

13 May 2024 / Anthony Inglese CB

Lessons learnt: Tensions and opportunities

Having witnessed the justice system crack and warp, as well as scope for its transformation, Fiona Rutherford shares her lessons learnt 

13 May 2024 / Fiona Rutherford
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Standing up for justice Sir Robert Neill KC (Hon) MP

‘The ethical code of the Bar is one of our great strengths. We need more of it in politics,’ says Sir Robert Neill KC (Hon) MP. As the influential Chair of the Commons Justice Select Committee prepares to stand down, he talks to Anthony Inglese CB about his barrister roots and key wins in Parliament 

15 April 2024 / Anthony Inglese CB
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Driving change

Equality of opportunity needs to start much earlier – at primary school. Jessica Powers’ lessons learnt driving diversity and inclusion in barrister recruitment and retention 

15 April 2024 / Jessica Powers

Practice Toolset

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What next for justice?

After a break last year, Bar Conference is back with a new format and packed agenda. Join colleagues in person on Saturday 8 June in London, with welcome drinks on the Friday evening 

13 May 2024 / The Bar Council
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The Bar’s RASSO expertise

Never has there been a more urgent time for the Criminal Bar Association to launch a national RASSO training programme, says Mary Prior KC 

13 May 2024 / Mary Prior KC
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Supporting disability at the Bar is a work of A.R.T.

The Bar is slowly addressing the barriers to attracting disabled talent, says Daniel Holt, but there are more ways chambers can authentically commit to disability inclusion 

13 May 2024 / Daniel Holt
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Leadership and teamworking

James Pereira KC on the collaborative essence of a barrister’s role and five practical tools to make us all better leaders and team-players 

13 May 2024 / James Pereira KC

ChatGPT in chambers

Used wisely, ChatGPT can become part of a chambers’ daily toolkit to maximise efficiency, practice development and EDI, says Rowan Caffull  

13 May 2024 / Rowan Caffull

Justice Matters

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
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Action on the earnings gap

Rachel Krys reports from ‘Tackling the gender pay gap’, the recent ICAW event focused on what works, progress made and ensuring fair access to advocacy opportunities 

13 May 2024 / Rachel Krys
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Lawyerly independence and the rule of law

What does it mean for lawyers to uphold the rule of law? Kenta Tsuda, Steven Vaughan and Richard Moorhead investigate 

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Human rights for all

Why human rights are more critical than ever in a time of turmoil. By Stephen Cragg KC 

13 May 2024 / Stephen Cragg KC
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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

Bon Vivant

Secret E-Diary

Tales from the dark arts of advocacy. By William Byfield 

13 May 2024 / William Byfield
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Trial and Error 2024

Jessica Foster reviews State Trials and Error – fundraising and showcasing the musical and theatrical talent within the legal profession  

24 April 2024 / Jessica Foster
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Joys of the Eurostar

Spring break anyone? Dominic Regan offers practical tips for making the most of Eurostar 

15 April 2024 / Professor Dominic Regan
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Lawyers in film: Witchfinder General (1968)

Not a golden oldie. David Langwallner continues his series with a rather controversial choice   

15 April 2024 / David Langwallner

Black Inclusion

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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
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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
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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
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‘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
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‘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

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
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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
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JudicialTech: friend or foe?

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

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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
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The justice of artificial intelligence

The UK can be proud to have hosted the Bletchley AI Safety Summit but there is so much more to be done to make AI safe, secure and trustworthy, say Robin Allen KC and Dee Masters 

15 January 2024 / Robin Allen KC / Dee Masters

Bar Students

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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
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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
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Choosing a Bar course

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

01 September 2021 / Laurence Cooper
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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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Chair’s Column

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Earnings, reform and engagement

The new Bar Council earnings report presents a collective challenge for the self-employed Bar, remote hearings are changing and Bar Conference is back next month

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