Chair's Column

For the public good

Pro bono is a vital conduit to access to justice; improve your life and sign up!
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The law as a superpower

Reaching Gen Z in Justice Week 2020 - by Amanda Pinto QC, Chair of the Bar
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Priority—access

Bar 2020: access to justice, access to the profession and access to global markets
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The show goes on

For Richard Atkins QC, his term as Chair is almost over, but the Bar Council’s work continues at pace; some 2019 highlights

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Separation of powers matters

The need for a strong and independent judiciary has never been more vital

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Tradition is no bad thing

Value vintage! The best traditions of the Bar, finely aged, underpin our quality advocacy

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Musical chairs

Keeping tabs on Boris’s sizeable re-shuffle – practitioners in the top three justice roles bodes well – fees, governance and Brexit

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Be a part of history

The Bar continues to survive, thrive and make history as the Bar Council celebrates 125 years and goes on Circuit for the first time

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Tea leaves and crystal balls

In these fast-moving and turbulent times, the Bar Council’s safeguarding of our profession is a surety – for now

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Things and stuff

A mid-term report from the Bar Chair: big battles still to be won but successes accrue

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Beware of crocodiles

From the Commonwealth Law Association conference in Zambia, where inspiration and rule-of-law reminders abound

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When is a delay not a delay?

Our precious court system is still being used as a guinea pig for a cost-cutting experiment that has not been well-planned

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‘Right-touch’ regulation

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it: how the Bar’s current representative/regulatory model works and why it’s essential to preserve

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Duty calls: improving our lot

Richard Atkins QC tackles the perennial question asked of the Bar Council; all can play their part and look out for the Bar

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Hope and optimism for the battles ahead

In his inaugural column as Chair of the Bar for 2019, Richard Atkins QC sets out his aims and priorities for the year ahead – not least a happier Bar

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The future of our inheritance

In his last column as Chair of the Bar, Andrew Walker QC laments the consequences of fading memories and political expediencies

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Family Crisis

The family Bar is at breaking point, warns Desmond Browne QC

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Friends, colleagues, competitors – one and the same

With all due respect: are we placing enough value on one other? Andrew Walker QC on why it’s time to reboot collegiality in robing rooms and courts

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Take pride in what others see

Embrace tradition, celebrate our legal inheritance and cement the Bar’s global reputation: Andrew Walker QC looks forward to the Opening of the Legal Year

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New faces; old challenges; and short change for justice?

With Justice Week and the Spending Review ahead, Andrew Walker QC has high hopes of the Bar’s own AG and DPP – but Whitehall is not accounting for justice

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