Chairman's Column

Legal Aid Consultation – savings or even greater cost?

Synoposis of Bar’s response to MoJ’s consultation papers on legal aid and Jackson. The Bar has concluded that most of the legal aid proposals will cause irreparable damage Contributor Peter Lodder QC... read more

Cuts, cuts and more cuts …

An outline of the Bar Council’s strategy ContributorPeter Lodder QC A few weeks into the year and the predominant issue remains clear: the challenges of the proposed... read more

The waiting game

Reaction to the recent Government consultations This is my first column as your Chairman, written at the beginning of December but because of printing timetables it will not be published until... read more

That Was the Year That Was …

Nick Green QC reviews the events that shaped his year as Chairman and looks to the Bar’s future This is my final chance to express my thoughts as Chairman, before returning to civvy street. There is... read more

Justice in the Balance

We will work to ensure the forthcoming spending cuts are implemented in a way which preserves the profession and the justice system, writes Nick Green QC read more

The Direct Approach

Nick Green QC on entity regulation, direct access training courses and bidding for local authority work read more

Brace for Impact

Nick Green QC issues a warning about the Comprehensive Spending Review read more

Facing a Herculean Task

Nick Green QC explains why the Bar Council has established five working groups to ensure that the Bar is prepared for future legal aid reforms read more

Preventative Measures

The Bar must fight to prevent further cuts in criminal legal aid fees and aim for rate restoration as soon as possible. Nick Green QC considers how this can be achieved read more

Accentuating the Positives

The Bar Council is changing its emphasis, writes Nick Green QC. It wishes to communicate with the Bar’s clients – and potential clients – the benefits, such as the cost effectiveness, of using the... read more