Chairman's Column

Speaking truth to power

With the election upon us and populist threats to the rule of law, it’s time to speak plainly: UK justice needs a staunch defender and a place at the high table, writes Andrew Langdon QC... read more

Court in the act

Due to the decline in court reporters, justice operates essentially unseen and unheard by the public, writes Andrew Langdon QC. The recent attacks on judges illustrates the need to inform... read more

Justice fault: repair needed

Four years on from LASPO, the wheels of justice are in urgent need of repair, writes Andrew Langdon QC. No hyperbole: policy-makers are fixated on the technological revolution and the... read more

Immigration detention

Andrew Langdon QC adds the Bar’s weight to a chorus of criticism on the intolerable state of immigration detention: no judicial scrutiny; no time limits; and scant access to justice... read more

New Year game-changers

With major issues ahead, not least keeping the young Bar afloat, Andrew Langdon QC outlines the Bar Council’s work to protect the profession’s interests – in the public interest... read more

Protecting advocacy

Andrew Langdon QC pays thanks to the outgoing Chairman for her unstinting work on behalf of the profession, and sets out his aims and aspirations for 2017 On your behalf I... read more

An independent judiciary

In her last column as Chairman of the Bar, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC calls on One Bar to continue to stand in support of our judiciary The price of liberty, and in... read more

Guarding the profession

The Bar’s wellbeing portal is launched; lobbying priorities for the autumn season; and countering threats to independence Autumn is always a busy time of year for the Bar... read more

Justice in the digital age

A bold ‘hi-tech’ vision for the future of HMCTS shouldn’t ignore that access to justice is being steadily eroded by ‘enhanced’ court fees and the radical cuts to legal aid... read more

Change of pace

Technological advances give barristers greater flexibility, but less chance to unwind: the Bar Council’s forthcoming suite of wellbeing support can help Before the internet... read more