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Restoring faith: Marina Wheeler KC

The ‘non-party political’ employment silk advising Labour talks to Stephanie Hayward about employer failure to tackle workplace sexual harassment and the urgent need to reinvent whistleblowing culture 

13 May 2024 / Stephanie Hayward
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Chair of the BSB: Kathryn Stone OBE

From Parliamentary standards to barrister standards – Kathryn Stone OBE, Chair of the Bar’s regulator, talks to Anthony Inglese CB about roots, respect and reviews 

13 May 2024 / Anthony Inglese CB

Lessons learnt: Tensions and opportunities

Having witnessed the justice system crack and warp, as well as scope for its transformation, Fiona Rutherford shares her lessons learnt 

13 May 2024 / Fiona Rutherford
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Standing up for justice Sir Robert Neill KC (Hon) MP

‘The ethical code of the Bar is one of our great strengths. We need more of it in politics,’ says Sir Robert Neill KC (Hon) MP. As the influential Chair of the Commons Justice Select Committee prepares to stand down, he talks to Anthony Inglese CB about his barrister roots and key wins in Parliament 

15 April 2024 / Anthony Inglese CB
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Driving change

Equality of opportunity needs to start much earlier – at primary school. Jessica Powers’ lessons learnt driving diversity and inclusion in barrister recruitment and retention 

15 April 2024 / Jessica Powers
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Rise of a RASSO counsel

If we fail to nurture women’s collective talent at the Criminal Bar, half the population of this country will not be properly represented. We cannot let all the hard work be undone, says Tana Adkin KC 

15 April 2024 / Tana Adkin KC

Silks Day 2024

On 18 March 2024, the official ceremony took place at Westminster Hall where the successful applicants in the 2023 competition were formally sworn in as King’s Counsel. Here’s a flavour of the special day and congratulations to all

15 April 2024
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Lessons learnt: Breaking through traditions – and creating new ones

From Africa to the Bar of England and Wales, and expertly navigating its challenges. Head of chambers Ayesha Hasan shares her lessons learnt 

11 March 2024 / Ayesha Hasan
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On keeping the spark: Kirsty Brimelow KC

Lighting fires that cast unfairness into the shadows, creating history at home and abroad, and being comfortable with who you are – the remarkable criminal and international human rights barrister Kirsty Brimelow KC

08 March 2024 / Kirsty Brimelow KC

IWD24: Rise of a RASSO counsel

If we fail to nurture women’s collective talent, half the population of this country will not be properly represented – from the junior Criminal Bar right up to the senior Judiciary. We cannot let all the hard work be undone, says Tana Adkin KC on International Women's Day 

08 March 2024 / Tana Adkin 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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