Chairman's Column

So much to lose

Examining what the Bar stands for; fighting to maintain our standards and the Bar’s independence and integrity; and the dangers of change for change’s sake brought in too quickly and by those who do... read more

The damage has been done

PrefaceThe damaging effects of LASPO and Government cuts; SRLs;  a call to all at the Bar to support and maintain the Bar’s Pro Bono Unit;  and welcoming the new Lord ChancellorContributorMichael... read more

A call to arms

Call to respond to the fourth consultation on the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates; communications between the Bar Council and the Bar; Bar Council electionsContributor... read more

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

A tribute to outgoing Law Society President, John Wotton; a welcome to his successor, Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, defender of the High Street law firm; examining the aims of Price Competitive Tendering and... read more

It’s a funny old world

The plight of the criminal Bar; the independence of the Bar threatened by fee cuts, referral fees and price competitive tendering; and such developments under scrutiny from the rest of the common law... read more

Sticking to our principles

Examining the LSB’s commitment to standards and to quality; the LSB decision to continue to permit referral fees; and a meeting with the new Chief Executive of the Legal Services Commission... read more

Taking Control

Lawyers worldwide look to the UK as leading the common law world in terms of its jurisprudence; the challenges to this position; the Bar must fend off consultation fatigue and become part of the... read more

The battle goes on

A look at the continuing cuts to CPS fees and the effect on the criminal Bar; and a call for support from within the Bar itself in dealing with the challenges now facing itContributor... read more

Advocacy and its future

The background to QASA and its possible evolution; and a look at the debate surrounding fusion of the profession ContributorMichael Todd QC, Bar Chairman “... read more

Hitting the ground running

The Inns’ 50% reduction of their Bar Council subvention; reviewing the  PCF and the structure, composition and workings of the Bar Council; the commercialisation of the Inns; the CPS’s Advocacy Panel... read more