Chairman's Column

The way forward

A look at the role of the Bar Council, its Secretariat and its Committees and how to ensure their efficiency and relevancy during the tough months and years ahead A new year, a new Chairman, and new... read more

Looking to the future

A review of the Bar Conference; frustration at the seemingly unstoppable progress of the Legal Aid Bill as it heads to the Lords; a look back at the year in office as Chairman; and bidding farewell. read more

Non Stop

Addressing the Young Bar Conference; a week in the life of a Chairman of the Bar; praise for those working so hard at the Bar Council; and a preview of the Bar Conference. I was delighted to give a... read more

Tough talk, tough times

A meeting with the Lord Chancellor; the fight for a ban on referral fees;  the annual Bar Conference; and some positive news at last Following my letter to him in July, I met the Lord Chancellor on 7... read more

Food For Thought

A letter to the Lord Chancellor; a report on the national meeting of the criminal Bar; progress of the BSB’s QASA; and modernising chambers’ business structures.This has not been a quiet summer. The... read more

A single issue...

A long hard look at the Government responses to the legal aid and Jackson consultations and at the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill.Finally, at the end of June, the Legal Aid,... read more

Getting the message across

Promoting the Bar in the media; still waiting for LSC payments; legal aid; engaging in the Advocate Panel Scheme; growing opportunities abroad; and the survey of working life at the modern Bar. read more

Legal Aid - where are we?

The continuing uncertainty over legal aid reform; BSB entity regulation; concerns over CPS panels; key note speech for June 20; and the opening of an  ADR centre in Kolkata. I begin by offering... read more

Jackson: the next chapter

Response to Government announcement on Jackson; the Norgrove Review; criminal legal aid update; inaugural Bar Debate; and a clutch of new Silks. We now have the Government response to the... read more

The battle continues

Preparing for all eventualities in a radically different marketContributorPeter Lodder QC, Bar Chairman The Bar Council has always opposed One Case One Fee (OCOF). History... read more