Chair's Column


Farewell – and welcome to Sam Townend KC

Looking back on a year as Chair of the Bar

08 December 2023 / Nick Vineall KC

Gatekeeping – not for us

Countering the gatekeeper agenda, troubling news on earnings disparities, spreading best practice in chambers, Pro Bono Week 2023, and the Rules of War

13 November 2023 / Nick Vineall KC

When should we call people to the Bar – and other challenges for the Bar of 2043

Why timing of call is key for the future, recent developments on social mobility, social media and our international work, and please cast your vote in our elections 

04 October 2023 / Nick Vineall KC

Justice in the news

The news agenda has kept the Bar Council busy over summer; efficient regulatory investigations need our cooperation; and please consider standing for election

11 September 2023 / Nick Vineall KC

Steps forward

A social mobility stocktake, some political impetus at last on criminal justice, civility on legal Twitter, and the importance of taking a proper break this summer

07 August 2023 / Nick Vineall KC

Work on universal issues

Efforts to tackle environmental threats and fixed recoverable costs, menopause at the Bar, and engagement further afield

10 July 2023 / Nick Vineall KC

Engaging with lawyers, legislation and reform

The Chair of the Bar congratulates Barbara Mills KC, visits the NE Circuit, tackles reforms and promotes professional ethics

12 June 2023 / Nick Vineall KC

Building a better future

This month the Bar Council is focused on evidence, investment and the rule of law

04 May 2023 / Nick Vineall KC

Why independence is important

Our Cab Rank obligations help promote access to justice and prevent discrimination

05 April 2023 / Nick Vineall KC

Supporting all at the Bar

The Chair of the Bar provides an update on fees, the advisory board, and regulatory oversight, as well as his visit to the Northern Circuit and Authorisation to Practise

13 March 2023 / Nick Vineall KC
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