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In the thick of it: Caroline Croft

GLD barrister Caroline Croft, one of the largest legal heads in the country, tells Anthony Inglese what drew her to public law and politics 

19 February 2024 / Anthony Inglese CB
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Chair of the Bar 2024: Sam Townend KC

With the justice system still stretched to the limit, what are Sam Townend KC’s strategies and priorities for the Bar? Joshua Rozenberg KC (hon) finds out 

15 January 2024 / Joshua Rozenberg KC (hon)
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The great human reward

‘Junior of the North’, Jennifer Devans-Tamakloe reflects on her experience of participating in the strike action of 2022 and rewards of being a criminal barrister 

15 January 2024 / Jennifer Devans-Tamakloe
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An alderwoman and a barrister

Martha Grekos on the pull of civic responsibility, City of London regeneration, and getting more women into politics and governance 

15 January 2024 / Martha Grekos

Lessons learnt: The long game

‘Anything that helps women juggle their family commitments and remain at the Bar is surely a good thing’ – media law barrister Hannah Ready shares her lessons learnt 

15 January 2024 / Hannah Ready

Practice Toolset

A week at the Bar for Afghan refugee lawyers

‘We as barristers can show our solidarity and help our colleagues’: Rhiannon Du Cann asks Laurie Scher and Edward Meuli how they found hosting two refugee Afghan colleagues and Mohammad Alef Orfani, former defence attorney and prosecutor in Afghanistan, shares what he thought of the experience 

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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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Who gets silk? 2023

Certain patterns repeat, but there is always something new to note, finds David Wurtzel, including a second year of large-scale pre-interview sifting and success for the youngsters 

19 February 2024 / David Wurtzel
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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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Silver linings

It is easy to be gloomy about wellbeing, says Sam Mercer, but this article celebrates a shift in the right direction, and the 45 chambers recognised in the Bar Council’s relaunched wellbeing certificate programme 

19 February 2024 / Sam Mercer

Justice Matters

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Public debate about private matters

As the ground-breaking Family Court reporting pilot is extended across England and Wales, Lucy Reed KC sets out the long path to greater transparency in the Family Court, cultural shifts and progress to date 

19 February 2024 / Lucy Reed KC
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GHRH: human rights for girls

Sultana Tafadar KC and daughter Safiyah have co-founded Girls Human Rights Hub to help girls develop the essential advocacy, leadership and litigation skills to advance gender equity and eradicate gender-based violence 

19 February 2024 / Sultana Tafadar KC
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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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Stolen treasures

Deaccession, repatriation and the British Museum thefts. By Fahrid Chishty and Natalia Ameen 

19 February 2024 / Fahrid Chishty / Natalia Ameen
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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

Bon Vivant

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Bar Choral Society: Handel’s Messiah

Tim Dutton CBE KC reviews another spellbinding performance by the Bar Choral Society 

19 February 2024 / Timothy Dutton CBE KC
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The Choir of Man

More theatrical escapism with Daniel Barnett, who reviews The Choir of Man 

19 February 2024 / Daniel Barnett
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Secret E-Diary

How things become lost forever. By William Byfield 

19 February 2024 / William Byfield
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Secret E-Diary

Here we are again! By William Byfield

15 January 2024 / William Byfield

The King and I; Mrs Doubtfire

Fresh looks at old favourites: self-confessed ‘theatre geek’ Daniel Barnett recommends the magical King and I  and surprisingly profound Mrs Doubtfire  

15 January 2024 / Daniel Barnett

Black Inclusion

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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
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Everyday EDI

‘Every Day Gender Equality’ at Freshfields has changed culture, fostered allyship and triggered other initiatives. Chantelle Nicholas, Jenny Leahy and Rachel Brooks share its key points with the Bar

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The Black Talent Charter and drive for race equity at the Bar

George Floyd would have been astonished to learn that his death had opened the eyes of UK financial and professional leaders to the inequities faced by Black professionals here. But what if he had asked,  Will it actually change anything?’   Harry Matovu KC, Laura Durrant and Olivia Roberts on the Black Talent Charter

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Thrive with EDI

Why doing just enough on EDI is not enough: Chris Kelly highlights the benefits of best practice, and provides a refresher on the requirements

13 February 2023 / Chris Kelly

AI and the Bar

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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
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AI: new frontiers in clinical negligence

Should healthcare practitioners be liable where treatment assisted by AI goes wrong? Robert Kellar KC explores the ways in which AI is reshaping the practice of medicine and clinical negligence law 

15 January 2024 / Robert Kellar KC
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AI: may the force be with you

Andrew Goddard KC and Laura Hussey consider the new skills barristers will need to become the legal superstars of the future 

15 January 2024 / Andrew Goddard KC / Laura Hussey

Bar Council’s Law Reform Essay Competition 2023

The winning essay is ‘Not OK Computer: A Proposed AI Transparency Framework for the UK’ by Louis Dejeu-Castang 

18 December 2023 / Louis Dejeu-Castang
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Automated state decision-making: Opacity, signs and signals

Mia Leslie shares techniques developed by the Public Law Project to help identify whether your client has been affected by automated state decision-making 

15 December 2023 / Mia Leslie

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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A busy start to the year

Some positive news on fees after sustained Bar Council and PIBA efforts, Bar’s stance on AI and a new-look Bar Conference 2024

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