Opportunities

Young Employed Barrister of the year – Employed Bar Awards 2018

The Employed Bar Awards is an initiative introduced by the Bar Council in 2017 to celebrate the successes and recognise the work and contribution made by Employed Barristers. This was a direct result of the findings and recommendations in the Snapshot Report , which identified that “many at the employed Bar still do not feel supported, or that their work is recognised by the self-employed Bar and the Bar Council.

The Bar Council’s ‘Young Employed Barrister of the year‘ Award recognises young Barristers, in their first seven years of practice, who demonstrate future leadership and outstanding professionalism in the legal profession, and can evidence a commitment to advancing a practice that is rooted in justice.

If you [or a colleague] wish to nominate a candidate, and can demonstrate a commitment to promoting the work of the employed bar, this is an excellent opportunity to mark, applaud, and reward that.

To submit a nomination for this year’s Employed Bar Awards, click here.

To buy tickets for this year’s Employed Bar Awards, click here.

Judicial Appointments Commission – Judicial Selection Panel Executive

An exciting opportunity to work directly with the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) selection panels (senior independent and judicial panellists), recruiting Judicial Selection Panel Executives on a Fixed Term Loan/secondment from 1 to 2 years, has arisen.

This is an excellent opportunity for young Barristers to work directly with the JAC’s Commissioners, operational and policy teams, senior lay and judicial panel members, as well as key stakeholders, to fulfill its statutory duty of selecting judges solely on merit. This role also presents young Barristers with the chance to develop their analysis and decision making skills as experience selection day interviews, and review candidate assessments that lead to recommendations for judicial office.

The full Job Description can be found here.

If after reading the job description and the application pack, you require any further information about this vacancy, please contact Kate Cinamon at Kate.Cinamon@judicialappointments.gov.uk.

If you have any questions about the recruitment campaign please contact the JAC HR Division on 020 3334 5899 or at Ian.Thomson@judicialappointments.gov.uk.

The Bar Council’s Soft Skills Development Course for Barristers
Client Relationships & Business Development

This eight-hour course has been developed for barristers, and will be delivered in four two-hour modules (8.15-10.15am) on the following dates: 3 May, 7 June, 5 July, 6 September. Barristers can choose to sign up for one or more modules (attendance is not compulsory for all modules). Attendance is limited to 15 barristers per module.

Taken all together, the modules will support barristers to focus on developing the right commercial client relationship that supports both building the right profile as an individual and securing work when often the initial contact point with a client is due to a distress purchase. Barristers attending all four modules will receive a certificate of completion.

Modules:

Module 1: Effective influencing skills (3rd May)

During this practical and interactive 2hr session, the trainer will outline an influencing model that has been well proven in professional services environments. He will cover the key principles of effective influencing including a technique that ensures you get your meetings and presentations off to the best start before describing each of the three components of the C3 Model of Influencing™ in more detail. You will learn how subtle voice tone and body language cues can have a dramatic impact on how you are perceived and will leave with some practical ideas that you can put into practice immediately.

By the end of this 2hr workshop you will:

  • Understand a simple but powerful model that will enable you to be more effective in every influencing situation;
  • Have greater awareness about your own influencing style and how you can flex this style to become more effective;
  • Be able to apply some simple techniques that the worlds most effective influencers use unconsciously and;

Module 2: Building the right commercial client relationship to win business (7th June)

When so often your engagement with a client is the result of a ‘distress purchase’ how do you create an impression that will maximise the chance of leading to referrals and how do you move from being the ‘expert for hire’ to a ‘trusted advisor’? During this practical and interactive 2hr session, you will consider the clients mind-set and priorities when selecting and working with a barrister. You will also discuss practical approaches to creating a positively differentiated relationship that supports expanding your business.

By the end of this 2hr workshop you will:

  • Know what clients really want from their advisors;
  • Have practical tips and ideas to create the right ‘adult/adult’ relationship and;
  • Understand how to differentiate yourself and your relationship effectively

Module 3: Networking strategically (5th July)

Highly effective work winners in professional services take a very specific approach to how they build and interact with their network. Some of what they do is counter intuitive but it works. In this 2hr session you will consider how to make the best use of your network and how to think about it differently such that it works for you and is a source of long-term referrals. You will learn the important difference between bridging and bonding and what to focus on in those important first conversations.

By the end of this 2hr workshop you will:

  • Now how highly effective work winners in a professional environment approach networking;
  • Understand your own preferences in how you approach networking now and;
  • Have some key principles to inform your approach to ensure maximum effectiveness

Module 4: Making the best use of limited time (6th September)

As a barrister, there are many calls on your time. What is it that the most effective people do that maximises the return on their limited discretionary time? How might you best use your limited discretionary time to best grow your business? This workshop will draw on research into what naturally effective people do; how they think and how they manage that discretionary time. The session will also look at the topic of personal differentiation which is central to long-term success.

By the end of this 2hr workshop you will:

  • Understand a simple process to maximise the effectiveness of your limited discretionary time;
  • Have considered how you differentiate yourself in the market and;
  • Have some practical ideas for your priorities with regard to your client

Prices per Module:

For BRF subscribers: £150 plus VAT

For non-BRF subscribers: £180 plus VAT

Discount for purchase of all 4 modules: 10%

The Trainer:

Tom Bird

Tom is a best-selling business author, facilitator, trainer and keynote speaker who works internationally and specialises in Business Development, influencing and client relationship management.

Tom has been delivering training, writing business books and speaking at conferences since 2001 to a variety of levels of audience from law firm associates through to senior partners and chambers’ barristers. Prior to that he had a 12-year career in a number of sales and business leadership / development roles including vice president of European operations for both US and European based hi-tech companies. In these roles he had full responsibility for growing the revenues and developing a business strategy for a subsidiary based on long-term client relationships giving him significant practical experience and a real credibility and empathy with participants and the challenges they face in growing their teams and their businesses.

His clients include Baker & McKenzie, Linklaters, PwC, Freshfields, IBM, Toyota and Burberry and he works on engagements in the UK, mainland Europe, the Middle East, North & South America and Asia.

Tom is co-author of the best–selling sales book Brilliant Selling (published by Pearsons in 2009, now in second edition and translated into 12 languages worldwide), The Financial Times Guide to Business Training (published in 2013) and The C3 Model of Influencing™ Field Guide (eBook, published 2014). His latest book, The Leader’s Guide to Presenting (also published by the FT imprint of Pearsons), has been a WH Smith Business Book of the Month and is a finalist in the 2018 Business Book of the Year Awards. He has also contributed a chapter to a recent International Bar Association book titled “A lawyer’s guide to Business Development”.

Tom has business & finance qualifications from Kingston Business School and also holds a postgraduate diploma in Coaching & Development from the University of Portsmouth as well as being a Master practitioner of NLP.

AIJA Best International Future Lawyer Award 2018

The Best International Future Lawyer Award is granted by AIJA, the International Association of Young Lawyers, for the best written Essay submitted on the topic:

“The moon is now colonized, you are in charge of its legislation. How do you handle it? In this context, would civil and common law systems be merged, if not, which one would prevail?”

This is a prestigious opportunity to show law students’ potential to their future colleagues and employers. The Award is open to law students who are aged 45 and under and are still enrolled at any University worldwide at the time the Paper is submitted.

You can submit your paper between 1 February – 1 May 2018.

One of the incredible prizes on offer includes participation at the 56th International Young Lawyers’ Congress in Brussels free of charge.

ERA-CCBE Young Lawyers Contest 2018

The ERA-CCBE contest is aimed to bring together young and newly-qualified lawyers to spotlight the importance of European law for their future legal practice.

In teams composed of contestants from different European countries, they will be challenged to apply their knowledge of European law in practical role-play scenarios. Under the watchful eye of a jury of leading European law practitioners, they will learn to work with peers from other legal cultures to build strong cases in areas as diverse as business law, criminal justice and human rights.

The contestants will be judged both on their knowledge of European law and on their advocacy skills in drafting written arguments, conducting negotiations and pleading before a judge.

The contest is an opportunity for national and regional Bars to encourage their young lawyers to get excited about European law and to learn how to use it to improve their day-to-day practice.

Format and award

The contest will consist of three rounds. A carefully selected jury will rank the teams after each round. Only the two best teams will go through to the third and final round.

All participants will receive membership of the Friends of ERA Association, giving them access to useful European law resources and a network of practitioners from across Europe.

The members of the winning team will receive a voucher for free participation in an ERA event of their choice, including the cost of travel and accommodation.

All participants will also receive a certificate which they can use to fulfil their required number of continuing training hours if their Bar permits.

The contest will be conducted in English. Participants should be able to use it as a working language.
Participation

The contest is open to trainee lawyers and newly qualified lawyers (in their first year after qualification) from the member Bars of the CCBE.

There will be eight teams, each of three contestants. Each participating Bar may register up to three contestants.
If a Bar wishes to register more than three contestants, these will be placed on a reserve list.

Registrations will be processed in the order of their arrival.

Fees and expenses

The participation fee per contestant is €640. This covers all accommodation and catering for contestants, as well as the organisational expenses.

Participating Bars will be asked to cover the travel costs of their participants.

Further information about the contest is available here, or you can visit www.younglawyerscontest.eu to find out more.

Hammicks Young Bar Criminal Text Offer

Donate to the Bar Pro Bono Unit

We are now in the Authorisation to Practice (AtP) period and you have the opportunity to donate £30 to the Unit.

In 2016 over 50% of the Bar donated to the Unit. This optional donation was only introduced four years ago and it is testament to the Bar’s commitment to pro bono work that over half of all Members make this contribution. This simple and convenient donation option results in a significant portion of our funding.

The £30 initiative has meant that over four years the Unit has facilitated the Bar to:

  • provide advice and or representation on 3,849 pieces of work;
  • help 1,521 people;
  • set up four major duty schemes: Rolls Building, Central London Family Court, Central London Employment Tribunal and Court of Appeal; and
  • collaborate with multiple front line agencies to support litigants in person.

It has also meant that internally the Unit could:

  • hire two new caseworkers;
  • implement a comprehensive database to support better working;
  • upgrade its IT hardware;
  • streamline processes; and
  • begin to digitise its services.

To continue this work in 2017, we ask that you please remember the Unit when you renew your practising certificate. If your chambers renews on your behalf, please let them know that you wish to donate to the Unit.

Government Legal Service (GLS) – Qualified Lawyers Opportunities

GLS qualified lawyer positions are open to barristers, who meet professional qualifications criteria. If you are a barrister, you must have successfully completed pupillage or have been exempted from this by the Bar Council. If you qualified outside England and Wales, you will be required to complete the Bar Transfer Test.

The level of entry into the GLS is dependent on your level of experience and the role on offer. You will be provided with salary and grade information as part of the vacancy application pack. The GLS Competency Framework sets out the skills applicants will be expected to demonstrate throughout the recruitment process. The GLS is an equal opportunities employer. For further information about the organisations within the GLS, and the work of their legal teams, please click here.

Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) – EU Opportunities

UK and Brussels based team working to increase the number of British nationals in the EU institutions and to promote the range of EU career opportunities available. If you are interested in being kept informed of the latest opportunities, please sign up to the international organisations database: https://www.gov.uk/register-jobs-international-organisations. For more information on what a job in the EU institutions offers, how to get an EU related job (including in the EU institutions, European Fast Stream and UK Representation to the EU), and where to apply, click here. You can also follow the Foreign and Commonwealth Office team on Twitter at @ukintjobs, for the latest EU and international job opportunities. If you are UK civil servant interested in a secondment to one of the EU institutions, you’ll find the latest opportunities on the Civil Service jobs site, under European Opportunities (you must be logged in to view the vacancies).