Bar Council Annual Report 2016-17

Aim 7: Work with the Inns of Court

Securing and promoting the work of the Bar and its role in society

Aim 7: Work with the Inns of Court

Work with the Inns of Court

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The Bar Council worked with the Inns of Court and the College of Advocacy throughout 2016 to begin the roll-out of Advocacy and the Vulnerable Witness training to all barristers who deal with vulnerable witnesses.

In striving to improve the flexibility, accessibility and affordability of Bar training, whilst maintaining high standards and making the Bar a realistic career for anyone with the required skill and ability, we worked closely with the Council of the Inns of Court (COIC) to suggest an additional route to authorisation. This was ultimately included in the Bar Standards Board’s consultation on Future Bar Training, and was overwhelmingly supported by the Bar.

We continued to liaise with the Inns of Court on our respective international activities and delivered aspects of our international programme jointly; for example by hosting a training session with Inner Temple and the Royal Commonwealth Society for High Commissioners about the Bar and the English and Welsh legal systems.

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