Bar Council Annual Report 2016-17

Aim 2 - Circuit visits

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Circuit visits

The Chair of the Bar, Andrew Langdon QC and Chair-Elect Andrew Walker QC, undertook an extensive programme of visits to the Circuits after the Chair took office in January 2017. By the end of March 2017, they had visited chambers in Cardiff, Swansea, Manchester, Liverpool, Plymouth, Exeter, St Albans, Nottingham, Birmingham, Hull, Sheffield, York, and Leeds.

Between April and December 2016, the then-Chair, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, visited Teesside, Newcastle, Cardiff and Swansea.

Visits normally include meetings with several chambers and the local court, allowing the Chair and Bar Council staff to listen to members of the judiciary and a range of practitioners and chambers staff about key issues confronting them in their professional lives and to consider how the Bar Council’s services can be improved.

Circuit visits are a vital mechanism through which the Chair can hear first-hand the views of those on the circuits and discuss how the Bar Council can address the needs of the profession. Further visits are planned for the remainder of the year.

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