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Chair of the Bar 2022: Mark Fenhalls QC

As we face 2022, the profession feels restless, the job feels relentless but we are in good hands: our new yet seasoned leader talks to Joanna Hardy-Susskind about his concerns and ambitions for the Bar, and how we protect this ‘truly precious, national asset’

07 January 2022 / Joanna Hardy-Susskind
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Lessons learnt: Everyday rights – spreading the word

With many still not seeing legal rights as ‘theirs’ to claim, Christian Weaver reflects on levels of knowledge, faith and hope in the law

14 December 2021 / Christian Weaver
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The law’s a stage: Clive Coleman

The barrister turned comedy writer, broadcaster and journalist talks to Joel Semakula about the legal thread that runs through his many careers and the inspiration he continues to draw from the courtroom

14 December 2021 / Joel Semakula
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Barriers & balance: Zira Hussain

Zira Hussain shares a family barrister’s day in the life – breaking barriers, turning disadvantage into advantage, and fighting for abuse victims

29 November 2021 / Zira Hussain
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Order out of chaos: Professor Jane Monckton-Smith

Upskilling courts with a more forensic approach to domestic abuse, Professor Monckton-Smith talks to Laurence Cooper about her groundbreaking research, identifying patterns of coercive control and use of the homicide timeline

09 November 2021 / Laurence Cooper

Practice Toolset

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Incorporation for retirement planning

Incorporating can be used to pay lower rates of tax in retirement: Nick Bonnello sets out three worked scenarios

18 January 2022 / Nick Bonnello
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Life in the law

Can we make life in the law healthier and happier? asks Elizabeth Rimmer

21 December 2021 / Elizabeth Rimmer
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The anti-racist chambers

Raggi Kotak and Laurie-Anne Power on the positive actions chambers can take to support a more racially inclusive environment

21 December 2021 / Raggi Kotak / Laurie-Anne Power
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A barrister’s viewpoint: the coronial playing field

Let’s not look a gift horse in the mouth, writes Katie Gollop QC

21 December 2021 / Katie Gollop QC
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The new Coroners’ Court competences

An introduction to the new BSB guidelines and resources for barristers practising within the Coroners’ Courts. By Oliver Hanmer

21 December 2021 / Oliver Hanmer

Justice Matters

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The pupillage Hunger Games?

May the odds be ever in your favour, writes Emma Fielding... A follow-up to Ishan Kolhatkar’s article (and the Twitter debate it sparked) on how to solve the problem of pupillage supply and demand

07 January 2022 / Emma Fielding
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Race at the Bar: the time is now

This is our stand up moment: Barbara Mills QC and Simon Regis on the landmark report’s key findings and what the Bar must do to remove the systemic obstacles faced by many barristers from ethnic minority communities

07 January 2022 / Barbara Mills QC / Simon Regis
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The Young Bar in 2021

2021 has been another challenging year for the Young Bar, writes Joanne Kane

23 December 2021 / Joanne Kane
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Barristers’ working lives 2021

The 2021 survey of barristers’ working lives explores the lived experience of working as a barrister – and you want change! 

By David Wurtzel 

23 December 2021 / David Wurtzel
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The Online Safety Bill

Gavin Millar QC takes a look at the Bill aiming to prevent harm to internet users in the UK, the extent of its interference with freedom of expression, and how the big tech platforms are likely to respond

16 December 2021 / Gavin Millar QC

Bon Vivant

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Secret E-Diary

A blast from the past

23 December 2021 / William Byfield

Book Review: Online Courts and the Future of Justice

By Richard Susskind, OUP Oxford (paperback edition July 2021), ISBN 978-0192849304 

Review by Joseff Morgan 

23 December 2021 / Joseff Morgan
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Barrister's best: Dominic Selwood

A barrister-author’s cultural life and times includes an obsession with all things medieval – and what it means to be British

23 December 2021 / Dominic Selwood
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Christmas wine 2021

Festive shortages and COVID may mean an adapted Christmas, so here is a convivial long-list for all budgets and eventualities from Counsel ’s wine critics, Professor Dominic Regan and Seán Jones QC

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Book review: The Right to a Fair Trial in International Law

By Amal Clooney and Philippa Webb 

ISBN 9780198808398  

Oxford University Press (2021) 

Reviewed by Admas Habteslasie 

01 December 2021 / Admas Habteslasie

Black Lives Matter

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Race at the Bar: the time is now

This is our stand up moment: Barbara Mills QC and Simon Regis on the landmark report’s key findings and what the Bar must do to remove the systemic obstacles faced by many barristers from ethnic minority communities

07 January 2022 / Barbara Mills QC / Simon Regis
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The anti-racist chambers

Raggi Kotak and Laurie-Anne Power on the positive actions chambers can take to support a more racially inclusive environment

21 December 2021 / Raggi Kotak / Laurie-Anne Power
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The antiracist court

Racial disparity and racism can impact experiences in the courtroom; Abimbola Johnson has some constructive solutions on how we can effectively challenge it

12 November 2021 / Abimbola Johnson

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
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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 

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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