Chair's Column

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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Dare I mention B***it?

With the urgency to settle the UK’s negotiating position increasing and crunch time approaching, Andrew Walker QC reads the (legal) runes—what will Brexit mean for the Bar?

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A range of experience, but common heritage

Four-Bar linkage: Andrew Walker QC on the value of support from fellow Bars in our quest for decent legal aid provision

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Our future, our fight(s)

Putting the weight of the whole profession behind the Bar’s key causes, Andrew Walker QC highlights this month’s areas of concern

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Fixing the shattered system

The future of the criminal Bar and of criminal justice are inseparably intertwined. The fight is for both, writes Andrew Walker QC

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Public understanding and the value of justice

If we want to raise the value and funding of justice, more barristers talking directly to the public is key, argues Andrew Walker QC

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The value of a strong and independent legal profession

Protecting endangered lawyers and the rule of law: Andrew Walker QC underlines the growing concerns and global initiatives

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Passing the justice parcel

What are the consequences for the rule of law, judicial independence and court reform, asks Andrew Walker QC

Clarke 28; Grayling 32; Gove 14; Truss 11; Lidington 7.

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