Young bar chairman calls on young barristers to ‘be the best’ ahead of annual conference

04 Oct, 2012

The Bar Council’s Young Barristers’ Committee (YBC), which represents young barristers in England and Wales, will host the annual Young Bar Conference this Saturday, focusing on the importance of developing excellent advocacy skills for young barristers and pupils.


Entitled “Advocates: Be the Best”, the 2012 Young Bar Conference will bring together pupils and barristers of less than ten years’ Call from across England and Wales to discuss how they can invest in their future, improve their skills and ensure that they offer the very highest standards of advocacy to survive and thrive as a profession despite the austerity of Government cuts and severe restrictions on access to justice.


Chairman of the Young Barristers’ Committee, David Nicholls (pictured), said: “For many young barristers, particularly those working in publicly-funded areas, it is becoming ever more difficult to forge a successful career at the Bar.


“The challenges facing the wider Bar are felt more acutely by the young Bar, who do not yet have the established practices of their peers. With less work available and repeated cuts to publicly-funded fees, it has never been more important for us, as young barristers, to emphasise our skills and expertise as advocates, to remind our clients, the Government and the wider public that we are the best lawyers for specialist advocacy and advice.


“This year delegates will enjoy and benefit hearing from several outstanding advocates. Our Conference will provide a fantastic opportunity for young barristers to learn from the experience and knowledge of those who have reached the pinnacle of their careers.”


The programme will include keynote speeches from:


  • Sir Sydney Kentridge QC, one of the greatest living advocates,
  • Geoffrey Robertson QC, human rights lawyer, academic, author and broadcaster and,
  • Michael Todd QC, Chairman of the Bar


The programme will also include a number of morning advocacy workshops on vulnerable witnesses, expert witnesses, case analysis and appellate advocacy, as well as afternoon ethics workshops covering civil, crime and family practice areas, and the CBA Advocacy Competition. A plenary session encouraging debate around topical issues affecting the young Bar will also take place.


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