Category Archives: News & Updates

End of Tax Year Checklist for Young Barristers

On 5 April 2018 the 2017/18 tax year closes and, with it, does the opportunity to use a number of generous allowances and exemptions. To assist young Barristers in navigating the end of the 2017/18 tax year, the Young Barristers’ Committee have teamed up with Saunderson House to prepare a checklist of items that you should consider in advance of 6

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ICCA Guidance for Youth Court Advocates

The Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA) has developed authoritative and very practical guidance for advocates conducting criminal cases involving children and young people. The materials comprise five guides and a film. To download them visit: icca.ac.uk/youth-justice-advocacy This guidance are designed to help practitioners comply with the Bar Standards Board’s Youth Proceedings Competences. ICCA’s resources simplify this specialist area

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Young Barristers’ fees in the Magistrates’ Court

Young Barristers’ Committee carried out a survey in 2016, to investigate whether the issue about poor or no remuneration of young barristers in Magistrates’ Courts had changed since the publication of the Protocol. We received 292 responses in total, which is approximately 25% of the estimated 1140 practising in criminal law. These figures are based on the Bar Standard Board’s statistics for

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Making Tax Digital

What is Making Tax Digital? Making Tax Digital (MTD) is a radical new system being introduced by HMRC. It will transform the way that tax returns are filed online. Under MTD, self-employed barristers must keep accounting records electronically and use that information to provide updates on their business profit to HMRC on a quarterly basis. HMRC’s main aim under the

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Why the YBC is supporting the new proposed AGFS

It’s a point often made that the launch of Government consultations can be a moment where the profession can get a bit nervous, especially when the issue concerned is criminal publicly funded fees. We have all experienced the perverse effects of the current system: turning up for trials that are non-effective for reasons beyond your control; endless delays and arguments

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What is a ‘young barrister’?

Well for a start we are not necessarily young…. The question that I have been asked repeated this year by other barristers, senior judiciary and politicians is “what is a ‘young’ barrister?”. How do we, at the Bar Council, ‘classify’ our most junior members? The Old Definition  For the past 52 years the Bar Council had defined its young constituents

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Pro Bono – The Business Case

Pro bono work contributes to the public good. In doing pro bono work barristers forgo paid opportunities. The primary motivation is, or should be, altruistic. So far, so obvious. Through all our work, we create value. In transactional terms, anyone undertaking pro bono work will have decided that the value added to the client (and/or society in general) will outweigh

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Young Bar welcomes ‘Wellbeing at the Bar’

The Bar Council, in collaboration with the Inns of Court and Institute of Barristers’ Clerks (IBC) have launched a dedicated website for the Wellbeing at the Bar initiative (www.wellbeingatthebar.co.uk). The launch of Wellbeing at the Bar is the result of an outstanding response from over 2,500 barristers to the Bar Council’s survey in 2014. The survey results and subsequent report

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Third Six Pupillage

The Bar Council’s Education and Training Committee and the Young Barristers’ Committee setup a working group to look at third six pupillages and are seeking views on best practice and potential reform. The issues surround third six pupillages are well-known, and are very well explained in an article written by Rupert Jones, a barrister at Citadel Chambers and member of the

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