The 21st Century Advocate

The third Young Barristers’ Committee’s Annual Workshop, entitled, The 21st Century Advocate took place on Saturday 9 June 2018 at Charles Russell Speechlys. It was a hugely successful event, with over 100 people in attendance overall. If you missed it, you can check out the live stream of the final panel discussion by clicking on the play button below, or you could watch it live on Twitter.


(Click on the image above to access the programme for the day)

“The mark of a good advocate is knowing that the case is not about you. You must put yourself in the background. You have a much higher case to serve” Sarah Whitehouse QC

The focus this year reflected the fact that the legal sector, and the Bar, is changing.

The Annual Workshop ran for half a day, and is aimed primarily at barristers in their first seven years of practice.

The Workshop is intended to equip Young Barristers with the skills that they need to survive and thrive at the Bar – now and in the future.

There is often talk of the Bar being under threat, but it was clear from the sessions and talks from leaders in the industry, that there will always be space for specialist advocates in the legal services market. The Young Barristers’ Committee are committed to ensuring that standards remain high at the Bar.

This year, delegates had the opportunity to not only learn from leaders in their respective practice areas, but also be at the forefront of change, hearing from cutting edge legal tech providers.

The LawTech Live sessions were a series of live ‘demos’ from companies with exciting products that can help to enhance barristers’ profiles and improve their work efficiency.

There were a variety of sessions focusing not only on LawTech, but also Advocacy (tailored to Civil, Family and Crime), Wellbeing (you can access the presentation delivered by Amanda Tipples QC – Chair of the Chancery Bar Association – here) and Soft Skills, along with a keynote speech from Richard Atkins QC (Vice Chair of the Bar Council of England and Wales), and a panel discussion about the future of justice.

A good advocate is a person who can leave the jury with the questions that they want them to answer. It is about getting your points into the jury room.” Chris Henley QC 


Carrying 3 CPD points for those on the New Practitioners’ Programme, the Workshop also helps to demonstrate how young barristers are meeting the objectives in their respective CPD Plans as Established Practitioner.

The final panel discussion was an open forum debate entitled ‘Justice in the 21st Century‘.

Young barristers were invited to engage with thought leaders, with wide ranging perspectives, to discuss the future.



The Panel consisted of:

  • The Secret Barrister
  • Robert Buckland QC, MP (Solicitor General of England & Wales)
  • Dana Denis-Smith (CEO of Obelisk Support & #First100Years Campaigner)
  • Penelope Gibbs (Director of Transform Justice)
  • John van der Luit-Drummond (Editor of Legal 500 UK Bar and Asia Pacific)

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The day concluded with refreshments on the rooftop terrace, overlooking the London skyline. Young barristers had the chance to catch-up with one another, the sponsors, tech exhibitors, and the esteemed speakers, on the the topics discussed throughout the afternoon.

“A good advocate is a person that never stops learning.” Richard Atkins QC

For any additional information about the Annual Workshop and future Young Bar events,  please contact us directly via email at or send a Direct Message (DM) on Twitter to @YoungBarristers


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