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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 Wednesday, 8 June at Mayer Brown International for a seminar - Brexit and the possible consequences for businessL A legal perspective. Speakers include: Alexandria Carr, Mayer Brown International LLP; Nicky Edwards, TheCityUK; Gordon Nardell QC, 20 Essex Street; and Stephen Waud, Business Enterprise Fund. On 23 June 2016 the people of the UK will decide whether the UK remains within the EU. The decision is significant to each citizen of the UK but it is also of paramount importance to businesses, whether they are in the financial services sector, manufacturing, services etc. Join members of the employed, self-employed bar and the business community as we explore what the consequences of a decision to leave could mean for business. Attendance is free for all but you must register in advance. Book this event 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.
BSB Regulatory Update - Review April's Regulatory Update from the Bar Standards Board HERE.
Inn Lunches - As part of BACFI's attempt to become more involved with the life of the Inns, last year a BACFI table was organized for lunch at each of the Inns. This was very well received by all those who attended so we are organising them again for this year. Lunch dates are 28 January, Middle Temple, 7 April, Gray’s Inn, 25 February, Inner Temple and 28 April, Lincoln’s Inn. The lunches will take place from 12:30pm – 2pm, although those attending will be free to turn up and leave at whatever time suits. Lunch includes a selection from the buffet and everyone pays for themselves in the normal way. This initiative will be led by the respective Inn representatives.
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.
Denning Lecture 2015 - The annual Denning Lecture took place on Tuesday, 24 November at Inner Temple, featuring The Rt Hon Lord Reed, Justice of The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. His lecture, entitled "Cyberspace and the Law", is available HERE. More...
Professional Indemnity Insurance - BACFI are pleased to announce the recent partnership between themselves and S-Tech Insurance Services Ltd. S-Tech are an independent, chartered insurance broker and have extensive experience in providing professional indemnity insurance for companies and individuals within the legal profession. With many years’ experience in providing professional indemnity insurance, on policy wordings that are compliant with The Bar Council, they are able to provide comprehensive cover at a competitive price. Furthermore, S-Tech have agreed to waive their standard fee for all BACFI members. Interested to learn more? Contact Martin Taylor on 01223 445 408 or email at MartinT@s-tech.co.uk.
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)
Internship Opportunities Abroad (see details HERE)