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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, 7 December at at City Law School in London for BACFI's Annual General Meeting. The meeting will be preceded by a talk by Stephen Collier, BACFI Vice President - "The Changing Shape of the Bar - where next?" This event is free to all, but you must register in advance to attend. Book this event HERE.
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.
BSB Regulatory Update - Review November's Regulatory Update from the Bar Standards Board 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.
Legal Experts Needed - The Bar Standards Board, the regulatory body for barristers in England and Wales, is seeking five members of a new Advisory Pool of Experts (APEX): Five vacancies available in the following fields: competition law (1 role), equality and diversity law (1 role), and regulatory law, particularly constitutional, human rights and public law (3 roles). All applicants for these roles must be legally qualified, have five years' post-qualification experience and be currently authorised to practise by an approved regulator under the Legal Services Act 2007. (more HERE)
Letter from the JAC Commissioners about forthcoming Circuit and Senior Circuit Judge competitions - HERE
Judicial Appointments Commission (see details of current and forthcoming vacancies - HERE)