English – Cypriot Law Day 2017: Speaking opportunities

Following the success of the first English-Cypriot Law Day in Nicosia last year, the Bar Council’s International Committee, in partnership with the Cyprus Bar Association, are organising their second English-Cypriot Law Day.

The seminar will take place on Friday 8 September 2017 in Limassol (Cyprus), and will focus on issues such as corporate dispute resolution, fraud and internal investigations, developments in the rules of evidence, judicial review and application of the ECHR on public bodies and many more.

Last year’s event attracted around 150 of Cyprus’ most prominent and influential lawyers and many of the silks and juniors who attended found it attracted instructions from International clients, and increased their international profile significantly. Even 57 years after independence, Cyprus looks to the UK for professional specialist expertise and hence we believe that you will find attendance very beneficial to your practice development.

If you wish to attend, please register your interest by contacting Petra Majzlikova on PMajzlikova@BarCouncil.org.uk. The deadline is 9am on Monday 4 September 2017, though early registration is desirable due to a high level of interest in previous years.

Korean Exchange Programme

The Bar Council is currently organising the outgoing leg of the Korean Exchange Programme, now in it’s sixth year.

This is an excellent opportunity for young barristers (between 2-10 years’ practice) to develop their international practice in an important legal market. The Exchange includes an induction programme delivered by the Korean Bar Association, a placement in one of the leading law firms in Seoul, and networking opportunities with local lawyers. 

The Bar Council are calling for expressions of interest from young barristers who would be interested in heading to Seoul for two weeks in Spring 2018.

Please contact Jessica Crofts-Lawrence or on 0207 611 1357 for further information and to register your interest.

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).