Chairman's Column

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

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