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Meet the Pro Bono Award Winners 2020

Now in its third year, the Bar Pro Bono Awards is already a firm fixture in the legal awards calendar. Rebecca Wilkie introduces the inspirational stories behind the awards...  

07 May 2021 / Rebecca Wilkie

Dieu et mon droit

A fictionalised account of hidden battles during an ‘ordinary’ court day. By Rehna Azim 

06 May 2021 / Rehna Azim

CrimeGirl... on maternity leave

A day in the life of the junior criminal barrister/Twitter sensation who is currently on maternity leave with her second child while her husband is away on a lengthy military tour of duty 

01 May 2021 / CrimeGirl

Welsh expertise: Lord Lloyd-Jones

The growing influence of Welsh law, language and legal expertise, career ‘lucky breaks’ and what makes good advocacy - the Supreme Court Justice talks to Anthony Inglese CB   

01 May 2021 / Anthony Inglese CB

Principle over policy: Dominic Grieve QC

Unsparing in his criticism, the former Attorney General reflects on recent events in government and his own experience of being chief legal adviser. 

Interview by Anthony Inglese CB 

26 March 2021 / Anthony Inglese CB

Practice Toolset

Moving chambers

Advice on how to navigate a departure, avoid the pitfalls, and remain on good terms with your friends and former colleagues. By James Hines QC 

13 May 2021 / James Hines QC

Spot the problem

The Bar Council wants everyone working at the Bar to be aware of Talk to Spot; an easy and controllable way to raise a concern or make a complaint, writes Sam Mercer 

13 May 2021 / Sam Mercer

Building your reputation through awards

Award entries are an important part of the legal PR mix. Kerry Jack explains what makes a winning entry, and why it’s good for business 

10 May 2021 / Kerry Jack

Advocacy and the Vulnerable in the Family Court

‘A skill that can be taught’ reaches the family Bar: Siân Smith, Alison Moore and Jayne Pye on the national training being rolled out to equip barristers with the skills to effectively question vulnerable adults and children in the Family Court 

19 March 2021 / Siân Smith / Jane Pye / Alison Moore

Rising up the rankings: an insider's guide

Daniel Kidd lifts the lid on the often-misunderstood legal directory submissions process and explores ways in which chambers and barristers can optimise their ranking strategies 

12 March 2021 / Daniel Kidd

Justice Matters


Jogee – how OSA works

Five years on, how the post-Jogee  law of accessorial liability is working in practice and the position of those ‘on the periphery’. By Professor Felicity Gerry QC, Dr Beatrice Krebs and Oliver Renton 


Vulnerable parties: two cheers for UK judges?

Welcome and profound amendments to the CPR’s Overriding Objective landed in April: but why so little fanfare or consultation with groups affected? asks John Horan 

11 May 2021 / John Horan

Women’s safety: attitudes must change

How the tragedy of Sarah Everard became every woman’s story. By Christina Warner 

11 May 2021 / Christina Warner

Legal Aid Census 2021 – stand up and be counted

The law is broken. Help us prove it, writes Rohini Teather 

26 April 2021 / Rohini Teather

'Kill the Bill'

Dissent and protest are a healthy safety valve for every democracy, write Sailesh Mehta and Caroline Baker, yet recent events have put the proposals around policing public protest under the spotlight – and many do not like what they see 

08 April 2021 / Sailesh Mehta / Caroline Baker

Bon Vivant

The redress of art and poetry

Marking Mental Health Awareness Week, and publication of the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance's latest guide for prison staff, Tim Kiely looks at access to creative activity and how essential it is to the wellbeing of people in prison 

09 May 2021 / Timothy Kiely

Book review: Clustered Injustice and the Level Green

By Luke Clements, ISBN 9781913648077, Legal Action Group (December 2020)

Reviewed by Stephen Simblet QC 

01 April 2021 / Stephen Simblet QC

Secret E-Diary

When a sentence is a paragraph 

30 March 2021 / William Byfield

Easter wine 2021

Whether you’re feasting on roast lamb, poached salmon or the finest vegetarian fare, Professor Dominic Regan and Sean Jones QC weigh up the best pairings for a delicious Easter lunch 

Secret E-Diary

Brave new world? February 8, 2021 

'Life is tough – and you have to be tougher than life to change the world.'
Sebastian Piñera

08 March 2021

Chambers Announcements

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

A career in governance

Making a move from the Bar to a career in governance: Maria Brookes outlines three good reasons to switch and how to do it

30 March 2021 / Maria Brookes

Barristers required by international law firm

Chambers People:Exciting and Novel Opportunity

19 March 2021

Barristers of the digital future

Ins Rivera explains how speech recognition can help barristers create accurate documentation faster

18 March 2021 / Inés Rivera
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