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Lessons learnt: The worst can bring out the best in you

In this tale of hope, success really has been the best revenge! A difficult journey teaches Rehana Azib QC invaluable lessons along the way

01 June 2022 / Rehana Azib QC

Joining up justice: Andrew Cayley CMG QC

The Chief Inspector of the CPS knows first-hand the difficulties prosecutors face but is no pushover. He talks to Anthony Inglese CB about Operation Soteria, putting victims – and cooperation – at the heart of criminal justice reform, and his unique and life-changing career prosecuting ‘the crime of all crimes’, genocide

01 June 2022 / Anthony Inglese CB

Meet the Bar Pro Bono Award Winners 2021

Anthony Speaight QC, Sarah Blackmore and LEDUCATE share the inspirational stories behind their awards...

10 May 2022

Lessons learnt: A judge’s vocation

21/21 vision: Sir Mark Hedley, the retired senior family law judge, shares his lessons learnt from 21 years at the Bar and 21 years on the Bench

10 May 2022 / Sir Mark Hedley

The age of consent: Kate Parker, Jodie Comer, and the Schools Consent Project

The Schools Consent Project (SCP) is educating tens of thousands of teenagers about the law around consent to challenge – and change – what is now endemic behaviour. Here, its founder, barrister Kate Parker talks to Chris Henley QC about SCP’s work and its association with Jodie Comer’s West End play Prima Facie , in which she plays a criminal barrister who is sexually assaulted

09 May 2022 / Chris Henley QC

Practice Toolset


An ambitious chambers refurb

Need to entice members back into the office? A four-year remodelling project has totally transformed the way this chambers in Leeds looks and is used. Here, the Property Committee (Hylton Armstrong, Sophie Firth, Bryan Patterson-Whitaker and Andrew Sugarman) discuss their takeaways from the experience


How to move premises successfully

The better you plan, the easier the move – top tips for running a super fit-out and relocation. By Zoe Mellor

01 June 2022 / Zoe Mellor

Basis period reform – does it impact you?

A major change is coming which will impact the timing and way profits are taxed. What is basis period reform and how does it affect barristers? Nick Bonnello explains all...

01 June 2022 / Nick Bonnello

Loneliness and the Bar

A barrister’s working style can create prime field conditions for the fog of loneliness to descend, so Tim Akers looks at how we can better support one other

01 June 2022 / Tim Akers

Leaders in waiting: part 1 – goal setting

It’s rare for junior barristers to formulate much of a career strategy beyond ‘getting tenancy’. In part one of a new series on career progression, Nikki Alderson shares some advice on setting goals – and purposefully reaching them

01 June 2022 / Nikki Alderson

Justice Matters


Why every business needs to care about the menopause

It’s an inevitable life stage for over half the working population, so why – still – the stigma and disregard? Sally Robertson on the impact on business and equality, and the arguments for making the menopause a specific protected characteristic

01 June 2022 / Sally Robertson

Return the running of legal aid to lawyers

Structural change brought decline in the quality of legal aid at the same time as the cost tripled – it’s time to return the administration to lawyers, argues Anthony Speaight QC 

01 June 2022 / Anthony Speaight QC

Robotics – the future of surgery

The future of robotics in surgery is likely to hinge on what it enables – does the legal system yet have the tools to protect patients? Conor Dufficy and Finn Stevenson investigate 

01 June 2022 / Conor Dufficy / Finn Stevenson

Do right, fear no one?

Having represented many Davids against many Goliaths over a 30+year career at the publicly funded Bar, renowned silk Professor Leslie Thomas QC critically assesses what the Human Rights Act – currently under challenge – has done for coronial law and equality of arms


How to solve a problem like Brecani?

The case of R v Brecani  has complicated matters for defence lawyers. Emma Fielding talks to gang culture expert, Dr Simon Harding about County Lines, exploitation and modern slavery

11 May 2022 / Emma Fielding

Bon Vivant


Lawyers in film: Le Havre (2011)

Relevant to current times, Aki Kaurismaki’s very human story focuses on the plight of the refugee and responsibility of the law, writes David Langwallner 

01 June 2022 / David Langwallner

Secret E-Diary

Signs of life return

01 June 2022 / William Byfield

Secret E-Diary

Happy ever after?

11 May 2022 / William Byfield

Book review: Spider Woman: a Life

By Lady Hale (Bodley Head: October 2021) ISBN 9781847926593 

Reviewed by John Bowers QC 

11 May 2022 / John Bowers QC

Black Lives Matter


10,000 Black Interns and the Bar

This summer, 24 Black graduates will be offered internships by over 70 sets of chambers. Here, Dawid Konotey-Ahulu – the barrister turned investment banker, entrepreneur and co-founder of 10KBI – explains why the mission was so compelling for him

10 February 2022 / Dawid Konotey-Ahulu

Buying power in the drive for diversity

Putting forward a diverse legal team is no longer ‘preferred’ and the ‘right thing to do’ – it is fast becoming ‘essential’. How law firms and their clients are using spend to help drive change, by David Stone

07 February 2022 / David Stone

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

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

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

Chambers Announcements

Temple Church Female Choral Scholarships Academic Year 2022/23

Opportunity for female sopranos/contraltos in secondary education, or who have recently finished secondary education but have not yet begun tertiary education.Eligibility includes children of members of the Bar

11 May 2022

Top five tax-year-end opportunities

Download a FREE guide about the top five tax-year-end opportunities

01 March 2022

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

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
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