Stephen Crowne

Stephen Crowne

Before joining the Bar Council as Chief Executive in 2013, Stephen held a variety of senior public and private sector posts in education policy, most recently as Chief Executive of BECTA, the UK Government education technology agency and with Cisco, the networking giant.

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A true reflection

The Bar Council needs not only to support the Bar but also to help it be understood by and to reflect the society it serves.

Stephen Crowne talks to Rupert Jones about his role as Bar Council Chief Executive.

08 December 2014

A fairer way to pay

A new way of calculating the Practising Certificate Fee according to ability to pay is to be introduced. Stephen Crowne, Chief Executive of the Bar Council, explains.

Addressing a crowd in Worcester, Massachusetts, in autumn 1936, US President Franklin Roosevelt declared: “Taxes shall be levied according to ability to pay”. At a time when the legal services market is tough and unforgiving, these words will assuredly resonate beyond those members of the Bar familiar with American history.

04 November 2014

Working to Meet Your Needs

Stephen Crowne, Chief Executive of the Bar, explains the new Bar Representation Fee and the works that it funds.

I would guess that if you were asked to identify the highlights of your year, renewing your practising certificate wouldn’t even feature on a long-list. But it is vital to protect and safeguard the infrastructure which allows the Bar to continue to practise and develop. We want to make that process as smooth and as easy as we can for you, and to explain clearly what the money is for, and the value it provides.


24 February 2014
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Earnings, reform and engagement

The new Bar Council earnings report presents a collective challenge for the self-employed Bar, remote hearings are changing and Bar Conference is back next month

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