The Survey’s findingswere revealed at a seminar chaired by David Hobart, Chief Executive of the Bar Council. Participants discussed the future of the employed Bar. The findings of the Surveywere presented by the Joint Chairmen of the Employed Barristers’ Committee, Stephen Collier and Melissa Coutinho.
The Survey also indicated that respondentswere employed in a variety of fields and in both the private and public sector; almost two thirdswere entitled to exercise Rights of Audience. More than half of the respondents had had some previous experience in self-employed practice. The overwhelmingmajority of survey respondents anticipated remaining at the employed Bar.
Commenting on the results of the Survey, Joint Chairman of the Employed Barristers’ Committee Stephen Collier said: ‘The results are fascinating. There is a great deal of interest among respondents in judicial appointment – close to two thirds of thosewho anticipate remaining at the employed Barwould consider applying for judicial appointment.
Fewof the employed barristerswho responded are currently pupil supervisors but more than half would consider becoming one. This is an intriguing prospect and has the potential to increase the number of employed pupillages available every year.’
Commenting on the results of the survey, Joint Chairman of the Employed Barristers’ CommitteeMelissa Coutinho said: ‘Respondentsweremostly aware of the Employed Barristers’ Committee and a majority were keen to contribute to itswork in future. Thiswill help us to highlight the valuable role played bymembers of the employed Bar. The 2007 Survey is based on a 13%response rate frompractising employed barristers and should be viewed in that context. Nevertheless, the results clearly indicate areaswhere the Bar Council canwork in collaborationwith the Employed Barristers’ Committee and provide us with valuable feedback.’ Commenting on the survey and the seminar, TimDuttonQC, Chairman of the Bar Council said:
‘The Employed Bar of over 3000 barristersmakes a significant contribution to our legal systemand has strong leadershipwithin the Employed Barristers’ Committee on the Bar Council. We are delighted to have had the opportunity today to meet members of the employed Bar to discuss the role of the Bar Council as their representative and regulatory body. We look forward toworking closelywith the Employed Barristers’ Committee to engagemore closelywithmany of the issues raised today and in the 2007 survey.’
George LeggattQC, Vice-Chairman of the Bar Standards Board said: ‘Today’s discussion has been highly stimulating. Froma regulatory perspective the needs of employed barristers are distinct from those in self-employed practice. The Bar Standards Boardwill continue to work with the employed Bar tomaintain a regulatory framework which ensures the confidence of all.’