The Bar Council and the Law Society held another successful programme for bar leaders from nearly 50 jurisdictions from all parts of the world in London on the occasion of the Opening of the Legal Year on 1 October. On 30 September the bar leaders held discussions on access to justice, which resulted in a powerful declaration of principles which can be found on the Bar Council website www.barcouncil.org.uk.
The seminar was opened with an address by Lord Neuberger who reminded all present of the duty of government and other players in the legal system that the rule of law fundamentally depends on universal access to justice. The discussions made it clear that all bar leaders accept the pressure on state budget world-wide but affirmed that access to justice is as important as access to health care. The bar leaders also had an opportunity to visit the new Supreme Court on the day of its opening and to mingle with members of the profession at two social events.