Bar Council holds Annual General Meeting

THE Bar Council held its Annual General Meeting on the 13 June 2009 at the offices of the Bar Council. The meeting was preceded by a full Bar Council.

Desmond Browne QC, the Chairman of the Bar, said:

“There has never been a more challenging time for the Bar and its members. The economic downturn is having a direct effect on public expenditure which will continue to place the publicly-funded Bar under increasing strain. Added to the economic pressures are potentially
far-reaching regulatory changes which will affect the ways in which barristers practise their profession. Our latest Annual Report describes how the Bar has been addressing these challenges over the past year and what we are doing to promote the specialist advisory and advocacy services of barristers, in the public interest, in an extremely demanding environment.

I hope this report will provide the Bar, and others who take an interest in our affairs, with some insights into the enormously varied work of the Bar Council on behalf of the profession.

Our activity is sustained by the commitment of practitioners, the self-employed as well as employed, to the future. They are motivated by the essential role of the Bar in providing justice for all. It is valuable work and this report explains why it deserves to be valued.”