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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.
BACFI aims to provide equality of opportunity for anyone who comes into contact with the organisation and to ensure that no-one is discriminated against. BACFI is committed to developing an organisation in which all service users, workers and visitors enjoy equal rights.
Join us on Thursday, 22 March at Fried Frank in London for a SEMINAR: How to Make a Silk's Purse Out of a Sow's Ear - Dos and Don'ts of QC & Judicial Applications. Speakers: Mrs Justice Rose, President of the Upper Tribunal; Alice Ripley, Head of Strategy and Policy at the JAC; Maggie Semple OBE, QC appointments panel lay member; Nicholas Khan QC, European Commission; and Mike Jones QC, CPS. Chaired by Patrick Rappo, Partner Steptoe & Johnson UK LLP, Chair of BACFI. Get your questions answered! Book this event HERE.
“Our business plan for 2018” - we have created a business plan for both BACFI purposes and in order to provide information to others.
New third edition of BSB Handbook (Version 3.2 updated February 2018 including 9th edition of The Code of Conduct) now available HERE.
Read BACFI’s The A-Z of Offering a Pupillage in Commerce and Industry HERE.
BSB Regulatory Update - Review March's Regulatory Update from the Bar Standards Board HERE.
Denning Lecture 2017 - The annual Denning Lecture took place on Friday, 24 November at Inner Temple, featuring Sir Christopher Clarke, former Head of the Commercial Court and recently retired Judge on the Court of Appeal of England and Wales. His lecture, entitled "The English Courts – good for future business?", is available HERE. More...
Announcement - BACFI is pleased to welcome ACCA as a corporate member. If you would like further details of corporate membership for your organisation please contact Sandra firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lady Hale appointed President of the Supreme Court - BACFI is delighted that Lady Hale has been appointed President of the Supreme Court, taking up the new role on 2nd October 2017. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40679293.
Judicial Appointments Commission (see details of current and forthcoming vacancies - HERE)
Deputy District Judge 2018 - selection exercise launches 1 March
Circuit Judge 2018 - selection exercise launches 15 March
Registrar of Criminal Appeals and Master of the Crown Office - selection exercise launches 21 March
Regional Employment Judge - selection exercise launches 22 March
Circuit Judges at the Central Criminal Court - selection exercise expected to launch in April
Circuit Judge of the Employment Appeal Tribunal - selection exercise expected to launch in May
Insolvency and Companies Court Judges - selection exercise expected to launch in May
Regional Judge and Deputy Regional Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, Property Chamber, Residential Property - selection exercise expected to launch in May
Senior Circuit Judge, Designated Civil Judge - selection exercise expected to launch in May
Specialist Civil Circuit Judge (Chancery) - selection exercise expected to launch in June