Chairman's Column

New beginnings

The Bar Council is preparing for what the future might look like outside the European Union, under a new Prime Minister and a new Lord Chancellor, writes the Chairman... read more

In or out: shaping futures

Whether we find ourselves in or out of the EU, securing the survival of a functioning justice system remains a key 2016 challenge By the time this column is published we... read more

Fit for the 21st century?

The Bar has made progress towards becoming a profession ‘of all and for all’, but real challenges remain, writes the Chairman The Bar of the 21st century? read more

Protecting privilege

The Chairman warns of the dangers posed to legal professional privilege by the Investigatory Powers Bill An essential right in a democracy is that of individuals, and... read more

Representing One Bar

We are stronger when we work together: we want to hear from our members first hand and increase awareness of what we do to represent your best interests, writes the Chairman... read more

A Bar without borders

Don’t think international work is relevant to your practice? Read on: barristers are increasingly doing international work at all levels of seniority, from most practice areas, and across... read more

Cherishing a strong and independent Bar

The Pupillage Gateway recruitment window will be brought forwards from April to January next year, enabling students to secure pupillage before committing to the expensive BPTC course;... read more

A modern profession

Examining the profession, how it adapts to survive; and the vital role of the Bar Council In 2015, as Vice Chairman, I was lucky enough to meet practitioners across... read more

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... read more

Business or profession?

Reflecting upon the changing business practices of the profession, the resulting fragility of chambers’ structures, and the need for all chambers to ensure proper dissolution arrangements... read more