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Earnings, reform and engagement

The new Bar Council earnings report presents a collective challenge for the self-employed Bar, remote hearings are changing and Bar Conference is back next month 

13 May 2024 / Sam Townend KC

Seeking a bright future for the Bar

Sam Townend KC explains the Bar Council’s efforts towards ensuring a bright future for the profession

03 April 2024 / Sam Townend KC

Now is time to Back the Bar

In this month’s column, Chair of the Bar Sam Townend KC highlights the many reasons why barristers should pay the Bar Representation Fee and back the Bar Council’s efforts on behalf of the profession 

07 March 2024 / Sam Townend KC

A busy start to the year

Some positive news on fees after sustained Bar Council and PIBA efforts, Bar’s stance on AI and a new-look Bar Conference 2024

19 February 2024 / Sam Townend KC

Making the case for justice

Sam Townend KC, the new Chair of the Bar, outlines some key themes and priorities for the coming year 

11 January 2024 / Sam Townend KC

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
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Earnings, reform and engagement

The new Bar Council earnings report presents a collective challenge for the self-employed Bar, remote hearings are changing and Bar Conference is back next month

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