2021 Denning Lecture (8 December)
Race and the Bar (3 November)
Student Evening (21 October)
"Firming" Up the Bar (15 July)
Inclusion and Diversity at the Bar (19 May)
Withdrawal and Trade Marks Act (17 May)
Demystifying the Employed Bar (13 May)
The Taxman Cometh (29 April)
The Only Way is Ethics (25 March)
IR35 Seminar (4 February)
Equality & Diversity Seminar (27 January)
24th November 2021
We were very pleased to welcome Derek Sweeting QC, Chair of the Bar, to speak at our AGM on 24th November. Derek was joining us from Dubai where he was attending the MoJ sponsored trade mission led by Lord Wolfson. He outlined the purpose of this mission which was to advertise the legal services provided by this country to the rest of the world.
Derek spoke about the strong connections BACFI has forged with the Bar Council over the past few years. Over the past year Ian has met with both the Advisor to the Chair and Head of Policy prior to the BACFI GC meetings so the BC and BACFI are both aware of relevant issues. This will be continued going forward.
The Bar Council and BACFI have also worked together in identifying aspects in the Handbook which have impact on Employed Barristers such as Pro Bono work, change of employment status and the 3 year rule. Derek thanked BACFI for their work in identifying these issues and the collaboration in taking this forward with the BSB.
BACFI and the Bar Council put on a very well attended event “Demystifying the Employed Bar” in May which outlined different career paths available and the ability to move between the self-employed and employed Bar. Derek was very grateful to BACFI for being so engaged both as an Association and, in particular, for Ian’s input at GMC meetings. He also thanked BACFI for organising the Inclusion and Diversity events with the Employed Barristers’ Committee of the Bar Council and said that the Employed Bar was considerably ahead of the self-employed Bar in these matters. He mentioned the Race Report recently published by the Bar Council and that the work will continue going forward.
Ian mentioned pupillage availability at the Employed Bar and that BACFI are keen to work with the Bar Council to help to facilitate more pupillages either at the Employed Bar or delivered by a hybrid mix of Chambers and in-house provision.
Following Derek’s address, the AGM business took place. Ian presented the report of the General Committee outlining what BACFI had accomplished over the past year and thanked all of those involved with organising events and speaking at them. We were delighted that Lady Hale has agreed to continue as BACFI President for a further term of 2 years. Gaynor Wood was elected unopposed as the new Chair and Rebecca Dix and Sharon Blackman OBE were elected as co-junior Vice Chairs. Ian Brookes-Howells has taken up the role of Senior Vice Chair. Ryan Porter was re-elected to the committee and David Bunting and Shahmeem Purdasy, who had both been co-opted onto the committee during the past year, were elected as committee members. Patrick Rappo was elected as a Vice President after serving as Chair and Senior Vice Chair. We have a very strong committee going forward into 2022.
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