Chairman's Column

Truth and Power

The necessity for Government to heed history and recognise the limits of its powers; the Bar’s three year engagement with the Government on fees; the value of the Fees Collection Office; and the ... read more

Here to stay

The history of the profession; its fine record on social mobility; the pro bono work by its members; abolishing the Legal Services Board; the Jeffrey Review; legal aid cuts; and the long term future... read more

A look to the future

As the year in office draws to a close, final reflections both on how difficult these twelve months have been for the Bar, and on how much there is for all in the profession to be proud of and to... read more

A proud profession

Addressing lazy journalism; recognising what really motivates members of the Bar; looking at the pro bono work carried out on all fronts by so many; and the need for wider understanding of this... read more

A fond farewell

A reflection on the extraordinary achievements of the outgoing Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge Contributor Maura McGowan QC, Chairman of the Bar A standing ovation in the court of... read more

An inspiration to us all

On the occasion of his retirement, a look back at the inspirational career of Sir Sydney Kentridge KCMG, QC and the example he has set in preserving and protecting the Rule of Law ... read more

Now is the time for a total review

Defending the profession; resisting cuts that will destroy access to justice for all; understanding the value of our justice system in a civilised society; and amidst all the proposed changes, the... read more

Pupillage - the way ahead

Government legal aid proposals; the shrinking effect on the Bar and on pupillages available; the need for a solution to the pupillage crisis; and one possible answer Contributor... read more

Wounded but not dead

A look at the government’s new consultation on legal aid reform and an urgent call to all sections of the Bar, irrespective of discipline, to respondContributor Maura McGowan QC,... read more

LASPO – the early days

The importance of monitoring and measuring the effects of LASPO; ensuring recognition of pro bono work by both the Bar and those outside the profession; and the Bar’s fight to preserve the Rule of... read more