Supporting and Protecting Women & Girls Seminar

23 September

Time: 09:00 – 17:30

Venue: The General Council of the Bar, 289 – 293 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7HZ

The Bar Council of England and Wales has been invited to participate in an exciting European wide project to train lawyers on violence against women, particularly how women can be supported in cases of gender violence. Each participating country will select an area of Violence against Women (VAW).

Our seminar will focus on forced marriage, honour-based abuse and FGM which continue to remain an issue for England and Wales. The victim specific issues associated with this form of offending do pose a challenge for law enforcement and case presentation in court.

A key outcome of the project is a manual of good practice which will detail the national law applicable to cases of VAW and the specific good practice in each jurisdiction participating in the project.

This seminar carries 5.5 CPD and is subjected to a registration fee:

  • £110 + VAT for barristers under 7 years of practice
  • £130 + VAT for barristers over 7 years of practice

The seminar is aimed at training 30 domestic lawyers on the issues of Violence against Women – 15 attendees from London area and 15 from the circuits.

The full programme is available here.

For additional information, please contact Petra Majzlikova.

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Sexuality at the Bar: An Empirical Exploration into the Experiences of LGBT+ Barristers in England & Wales

25 September

Time: 19:00

Venue: Fyvie Hall on Regent Street

The evening will centre around the research into the experiences of LGBT+ Barristers. It is based on work undertaken in 2016: a survey with 126 LGBT+ barristers, QCs, pupils and BPTC students; and 37 linked interviews.

The Rt. Hon. Maria Miller MP (Chair of the Women and Equalities Select Committee) will open the event. Then the researchers will speak on the results, and this will be followed by a panel discussion. The panel will consist of representatives from the Bar Standards Board, FreeBar, BLAGG and 29 Bedford Row, who will offer some short reflections on the research.

The event is free to attend and will be followed by a drinks reception, generously supported by 29 Bedford Row and UCL’s Centre for Ethics and Law.

Further information, directions to the venue, and sign-up can be found here.

Surviving First Six

27 September

Informal panel discussion and Q&A with recent pupils from all different practice areas on getting through those first six months of pupillage. Drinks and refreshments provided.

International Weekend 2017

29 September – 1 October

Interested in developing or kick-starting your international practice?

Sign up to attend International Weekend.

International Weekend is an annual event organised by the Young Barristers’ Committee in partnership with the Junior Lawyers’ Division of the Law Society, the European Young Bar Association and the London Young Lawyers’ Group. Comprising a series of seminars and social events, it is the perfect opportunity to meet lawyers from all over the world with an interest in international practice.

The programme (which is available here) includes seminars on:

  • Human trafficking and free movement of people.
  • Capacity.
  • International Surrogacy: babies from abroad and the legal battles.
  • AI Lawyers: technological revolution or the beginning of the end?
  • Forensic evidence: the ultimate expert witness?
  • What senior lawyers need from the junior members in their team.

The social calendar is also packed and includes:

  • Drinks in legal London on Thursday and Friday night.
  • A visit to Buckingham Palace.
  • Lunches in the Law Society and Middle Temple.
  • A gala dinner at the Law Society.

Tickets can be purchased at:

Ticket Type Cost
All Events (YBC Member) £170
All Events (Young Barrister) £210
Evening Events ONLY £125
Gala Dinner ONLY £85

For further information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

The European Circuit Annual Conference 2017

28-29 September

Title: Euro vision for litigators in Europe and beyond

Venue: Brussels

The European Circuit is open to lawyers from all Council of Europe countries.

The European Circuit, in collaboration with the French and Flemish speaking Bars of Brussels and the American Counsel Association cordially invite you to the European Circuit Annual Conference 2017.

The Conference will explore important issues that are likely to shape cross-border litigation in the months and years to come, and offers young barristers the opportunity to:

  • observe court proceedings in the Palais de Justice;
  • meet those working at the “coalface” over a working lunch;
  • listen to and debate with highly experienced and eminent judges and practitioners about issues at the pinch-points of change; and
  • enjoy fine wines and cuisine in the company of lawyers interested in cross-border issues within Europe and beyond.

The objective is to provide a highly enjoyable and stimulating exchange of experience and ideas and to strike up new professional relationships.

This event is equivalent to 4.5 hours CPD.

Early bird rates tickets are available until 31 August 2017.

For further information and to register to attend, please click here.

IBA Conference

8-13 October

The Chair of the Young Barristers’ Committee (YBC) will be accompanying the Bar Council delegation once again to the International Bar Association Annual Conference 2017. YBC will have a presence alongside the Bar Council’s stall in the exhibition area in order to promote the Bar of England and Wales and we will be organising a number of networking events.

Please let us know if you are attending the conference to be included on our invitation lists by emailing

The IBA Annual Conference offers one of the best opportunities to link up with international practitioners from around the world. Register before Friday 21 July to receive early registration discounts. For further information, please click here.

Autumn Advocacy Competition

18 and 25 October, 10 November

Pit your skills against one another in our annual advocacy competition. Format TBC but expect a mixture of tasks and practice areas. Prizes provided from our sponsors Hammicks Legal.

Legal Consequences of Brexit

20 October

Venue: Bar Council

This seminar, organised jointly by the Bar Council and the Deutscher Anwaltverein (German Bar Association), will offer a platform for a discussion on the legal consequences of Brexit. It will include topics such as the Art. 50 Litigation and the consequences for constitutional law and passporting and mutual recognition in financial services post-Brexit. To register your interest, please email

MTYBA Annual Dinner

20 October

Guest speaker: Lord Igor Judge

MTYBA will be hosting its second Annual Dinner exclusively for its members in the Middle Temple bench apartments. Dinner will be followed by an after dinner speech by former Master of the Rolls and former Master Treasurer The Right Honourable Lord Igor Judge, which is not to be missed.

This will be ticketed event, ticket prices TBC. Available spaces may be capped.

Young Bar and Annual Bar Conference 2017

4 November

Young Bar Dinner

17 November

MTYBA Christmas Party

1 December

Join us for another evening of festive celebrations in the splendour of Middle Temple Hall. Expect music, entertainment, food and subsidised drinks to see in the Christmas season.

15th Annual Law Reform Lecture

15 December

Time: 18:00

Venue: The Hall, The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, London, WC1R 5ET

“The role of the Court of Justice of the European Union in European integration” delivered by Baron Koen Lenaerts, President of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

This lecture could constitute 1 hour in your CPD plan.

The event is free to attend, however registration is required to secure your place, as spaces are limited. You can register your interest here.