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Alistair MacDonald QC

Alistair MacDonald QC

Alistair is Chairman of the Bar Council of England and Wales for 2015. Alistair was called to the Bar in 1983 and took Silk in 2000. Practising from Leeds, he is co-Head of Chambers at New Park Chambers.

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Farewell thoughts

As 2015 draws to a close, reflections on the past year as Chairman of the Bar

This is my last Chairman’s column for Counsel and I thought that I would set out a few thoughts and reflections which have occurred to me over the course of the past year.

23 November 2015
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Distorting justice?

In April, the Government introduced charges into the criminal courts. These charges have proved controversial and there are calls for an urgent review. The Chairman of the Bar, Alistair MacDonald QC, explains the profession’s concerns

One of the last acts of the Coalition Government was, without any sort of debate, to slip into legislation criminal court charges payable by defendants. 

26 October 2015
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In celebration

In February 2015 the Global Law Summit to celebrate 800 years since Magna Carta takes place in London.

Chairman-Elect of the Bar Council Alistair MacDonald QC explains.

11 December 2014
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Rare but real - the issue of judicial bullying

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