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BACFI represents the interests of employed and non practising barristers providing legal services in commerce, finance and industry - the CFI Bar. It also welcomes student members and members of the Inns of Court who are interested in a career outside Chambers.
BACFI was founded in 1965 and merged in 2004 with the Employed and non practising Barristers' Association (ENPBA). BACFI provides representation, education and support to barristers working in a commercial environment and works to promote "one Bar", to ensure that the status and interests of our members are fully recognised and taken into account by the Bar Council and the Bar Standards Board (BSB).
In 2000, employed barristers were granted equal practising rights with the self employed and gained 14 elected seats on the Bar Council. BACFI is a recognised Specialist Bar Association and though it remains independent of Bar Council, members sit on the Council and many of its Committees. BACFI is also represented on the BSB and some of its committees and through its Professional Issues Committee contributes on members' behalf to both BSB and Bar Council consultations. If you are interested in contributing to BACFI's work or in standing for election to the Bar Council or appointment to the BSB, please contact us.
BACFI also focuses on professional development and career opportunities for its members and hosts a variety of CPD seminars and social networking events throughout the year. Our flagship Denning Lecture and Christmas party is the highlight of our social year.
Membership is open to all barristers and student members of the Inns of Court. To join BACFI, click HERE.
Join us on Thursday, 27 April at Middle Temple in London for a Seminar and Supper Evening - Agile Legal Services - Getting quality value for money legal services for in-house counsel - to look at different ways in-house counsel can get value for money legal services whilst still maintaining quality by use of: outsourced legal services; on demand legal services; interim contractor lawyers; and technology. Speakers include: Drew Winlaw and Peter Lee of Wavelength.law, Al-Karim Makhani, Senior Case Consultant at TransPerfect Legal Solutions; Matthew Altass, Managing Director of Altlaw Litigation Support; and Matthew Kay, Director of Vario from Pinsent Masons. Register for this event HERE.
BSB announces decision on the future of Bar training (24 March 2017) - At its recent Board meeting, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) decided that it will authorise a limited number of future training routes for prospective students to qualify as barristers. Review the full announcement HERE.
Employed Bar Awards 2017 - The Employed Bar Committee of the Bar Council have announced that nominations for the inaugural Employed Bar Awards 2017 are now open! BACFI is proud to be sponsoring the award for outstanding achievement by a barrister in a corporate organisation or solicitors’ firm. All the details can be found on their website www.employedbar.com. This initiative was inspired by the responses in the Employed Bar Survey conducted last autumn and is intended to celebrate the successes and to recognise the diverse achievements of employed barristers. The Awards ceremony will be held at the Tower of London on the 30 June 2017. On the night, you can expect: • Yeoman Warders to greet you and escort you around the site; • A private tour of the Crown Jewels; • A drinks reception in the White Tower; • A three course meal in the New Armouries; • The presentation of the awards; • Yeoman Warders locking you in the Tower in the historic 'Ceremony of the Keys'! Please note that tickets will be available in due course. If you are interested in attending, please email your expression of interest to Dominique Smith.
BSB Regulatory Update - Review March's Regulatory Update from the Bar Standards Board HERE.
Announcement - BACFI congratulates Lucinda Orr on her election to the Gray’s Inn Barristers committee for a term of three years.
Announcement - Congratulations to Rebecca Dix our honorary secretary on the birth of her baby boy.
Announcement - BACFI is delighted to announce that Patrick Rappo has been elected a Bencher of Gray’s Inn.
2016 Denning Lecture - The Rt.Hon. Dominic Grieve MP QC delivered the 2016 Denning Lecture on the topic: “The British Bill of Rights – substance or poltergeist?” on 11 November 2016 in the Inner Temple. It was a fascinating exposition into how the United Kingdom was at the forefront of enshrining human rights post the Second World War, and the crisis that liberalism now faces in the wake of the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump. The lecture provoked wide-ranging questions and the former Attorney General was excellent at explaining the intersection between law and politics. Review the text HERE.
Congratulations to BACFI committee member Lorinda Long who has been re-elected as Bar Council treasurer for 2017, which will be her third term.
The BSB are considering the responses to the recent consultation on employed barristers’ scope of practice. In the meantime, they have agreed this statement, which applies to any barristers who may be practising already in ways that may technically breach the rules. This may be of particular interest to BACFI members. The main message is people don’t need to do anything for the time being unless there are other breaches of the Handbook, or there is client detriment as a result of their current arrangements. They will clarify what they intend to do with the rule change in the new year.
Public Access Training - Consider an alternative to doing Top-Up courses with the Bar Council. Further details are available on the Barristers Direct website.
Judicial Appointments Commission (see details of current and forthcoming vacancies - HERE)