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Lessons learnt: A barrister’s personal development

In a profession which can be attached to, and defined by, archaic stereotypes, how to be yourself, explore new areas and own your own time? Here are Lennart Poulsen's 'lessons learnt'...

08 October 2021 / Lennart Poulsen

Treasury Solicitor: Susanna McGibbon

With a mission statement to ‘help the government govern well, within the rule of law’, what are the priorities for the Treasury Solicitor now leading the GLD? Susanna McGibbon talks to Anthony Inglese

06 October 2021 / Anthony Inglese CB

Eyes wide open: the DA Commissioner, Nicole Jacobs

Two years in, the first Domestic Abuse Commissioner for England and Wales talks to Natasha Isaac about getting the sector from survival to thrive mode, the critical role of IDVAs and ISVAs, and her desire to work with the Bar

01 October 2021 / Natasha Isaac

Can the Bar deal with The Change?

Shifting the taboo, two silks talk about the menopause, its impact on women at the Bar and the need for a profession-wide rethink. By Lyndsey de Mestre QC and Brie Stevens-Hoare QC


Lessons learnt: The tipping point

Cultural change is actually just a numbers game – joining the dots and wearing the pin. Chris Gutteridge's lessons learnt...

13 September 2021 / Chris Gutteridge

Practice Toolset


The 20%: what the Employed Bar gets up to

Michael Harwood's guide for aspiring members of the Employed Bar to the huge array of possibilities – including a new ‘disruptor’ trend

12 October 2021 / Michael Harwood

More calculating with Ogden

Back by popular demand, Simon Levene's updated guide to the Ogden calculations that are most frequently met in practice

06 October 2021 / Simon Levene

Virtual PAs and the Bar

Other sectors have support staff in place for senior professionals, so why not the Bar? An established barrister/VA team and their matchmaker explain how they make it work


Compassion fatigue at the Bar

Understudied in the legal sector and exacerbated during the pandemic, a look at vicarious trauma and the importance of collective care 

By Rachel Francis and Joanna Fleck 

25 September 2021 / Rachel Francis / Joanna Fleck

Mitigating malware attacks

Every set of chambers is a potential target for malware regardless of its size or expertise. A five-point guide to securing your systems. By Sam Thomas

21 September 2021 / Sam Thomas

Justice Matters


Deception and decriminalising virus transmission

A public health or criminal issue? The law on deception remains unclear and unresolved, write Professor Felicity Gerry QC and Professor Matthew Weait FAcSS


To cap or not to cap, that is the question

Should we cap numbers coming to the Bar? Or help them make data driven decisions? asks Ishan Kolhatkar 

05 October 2021 / Ishan Kolhatkar

The Nightingale COVID-19 response

Evaluating the temporary courtrooms and remote hearings set up to support the justice system through COVID: how should we deliver justice now and onwards? asks Lorna Cameron

05 October 2021 / Lorna Cameron

Malawi Bail Project: accessing justice

Charlotte Mackenzie introduces the project increasing access to justice in Malawi through education on bail rights

01 October 2021 / Charlotte Mackenzie

On the brink of collapse? The family law system in 2021

The family law system is in crisis and a failure to recognise it as such demeans the Herculean efforts of all involved, writes Celestine Greenwood, an exhausted family practitioner

23 September 2021 / Celestine Greenwood

Bon Vivant


Powerlifting power

How to expend adrenalin after a testing day in court? Ahmad Badar outlines the benefits of stepping up to a different kind of bar...

19 October 2021 / Ahmad Badar

Secret E-Diary

Generosity has a price tag

19 October 2021 / William Byfield

Lawyers in film: The Trial (1962)

A dark reminder in a new age of excessive compliance? David Langwallner celebrates Franz Kafka’s The Trial  and Orson Welles’ genius adaptation

22 September 2021 / David Langwallner

My top ten: legal TV dramas

Jason M Hadden's ultimate top ten of TV legal dramas

30 August 2021 / Jason M Hadden

Secret E-Diary

Memory Lane or Nightmare Alley?

26 August 2021 / William Byfield

Black Lives Matter

Changing the picture: diversity at silk level

Exclusive statistical analysis: Barbara Mills QC outlines how the deeply unhelpful, homogenous BAME acronym is masking the true extent and systemic nature of the Bar’s diversity problem

02 July 2021 / Barbara Mills QC

We need to continue to talk about race: one year on

If the Bar is complacent on the issue of race, then we will perpetuate the same racial inequities that continue to pervade our society, writes Professor Leslie Thomas QC 


A change has gotta come

Glenn Parsons takes a snapshot of diversity and inclusion at the Bar in 2021 – and shares what barristers on the North Eastern Circuit are doing to make lasting change happen  

23 February 2021 / Glenn Parsons

Meet the Bar’s first reverse mentor and mentee

The pilot scheme’s first pairing, Elisha Lindsay  and Paul Stanley QC , share their thoughts on the BSB’s reverse mentoring initiative and what they have learned from each other so far

08 January 2021

No place for systemic racism

How systemic racism affects the Bar, an audit of the profession’s progress so far, and the structural, cultural and personal change required for meaningful action 

By  Amit Popat  

30 November 2020 / Amit Popat

Chambers Announcements

CPS – Specialist Prosecutor – POC – Civil Recovery

Are you a talented lawyer looking to take the next step in your career? Being a Specialist Prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Proceeds of Crime means that you will be at the forefront of delivering justice.

12 August 2021

Offshore law: the view from the Caribbean

Why barristers are taking their practice offshore: a Q and A with Charlotte Morrish, former barrister and now legal recruiter at SteppingStones Legal

15 June 2021 / Charlotte Morrish

Discounted webinars for the Bar

In partnership with the Bar Council, LexisNexis is offering up to 60% off its extensive webinar offering.

07 June 2021

National Lawyer and LM1 Opportunities

Are you a talented lawyer from a criminal law background looking to take the next step in your career?Find your Prosecutor opportunity at the CPS now!

12 May 2021

CIArb Roebuck Lecture 2021

'The impact of the Singapore Mediation Convention, both on mediation and arbitration' to be delivered by Hon Lady Justice Joyce Aluoch EBS CBS MCIArb, (Rtd) Judge, Certified International Mediator

09 May 2021
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The Spending Review

A decade of cuts and the brutal pandemic have left courts and barristers struggling to cope – a bid for justice spending 

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