Eugene Grant

Eugene Grant

Eugene is Communications and Press Officer at the Bar Standards Board. Prior to joining the BSB, he worked at the national disability charity Scope and the think tank Demos.

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Doing things differently

Rupert Butler returned to the Bar in 2003, after a three year hiatus from practice. A barrister since 1988,  he specialises in various areas of law, including commercial, sports, and media. He spent two years working in a solicitors’ firm and it was here that he honed his litigation skills. At the time, he says, “I was always frustrated and held back by the limits on barristers [who wanted to undertake litigation]. It meant you could offer a service, but not a complete service...”

That all changed in January 2014. The new Handbook was introduced by the Bar Standards Board (BSB). Previous rules preventing self-employed barristers from applying for authorisation to conduct litigation were removed. Butler is enthusiastic about the change – confident that it will help him adapt the way he delivers services to meet the needs of his clients. “I’m now a genuine one-stop-shop. I will now be able to handle [clients’] needs without the intervention of a solicitor.”

27 July 2014
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