Bar Council Annual Report 2016-17

Influencing Policy


Influencing Policy

Objective 1 -To be a powerful influence on the development and implementation of Government policy in order to secure the highest standards of justice, equity, integrity, access and efficiency in our justice system. 

McKenzie Friends

The Bar Council consistently made the case against paid McKenzie Friends, highlighting that they are often untrained and uninsured, and the risks associated with unregulated legal services. The Bar Council has commissioned independent research on McKenzie Friends, which will look at the type of work they undertake, how they handle court work, and the client experience.

Bach Commission

The Chairman also gave evidence to the Labour Party’s Bach Commission on Access to Justice, and to the Liberal Democrats in response to their call for evidence. The Bar Council briefed MPs and Peers in advance of parliamentary debates on the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act and access to justice.

Parliamentary Committees

In 2016, Chairman Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC gave evidence to the Justice Select Committee on enhanced court fees and tribunal charges where she warned MPs of the risks to the UK’s attractiveness as a destination for dispute resolution and outlined the implications of restricting access to justice.

Prisons and Courts Bill

The Chairman also gave evidence to the Labour Party’s Bach Commission on Access to Justice, and to the Liberal Democrats in response to their call for evidence. The Bar Council briefed MPs and Peers in advance of parliamentary debates on the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act and access to justice.

Lord Chancellor

The Chairman also gave evidence to the Labour Party’s Bach Commission on Access to Justice, and to the Liberal Democrats in response to their call for evidence. The Bar Council briefed MPs and Peers in advance of parliamentary debates on the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act and access to justice.The Chairman also gave evidence to the Labour Party’s Bach Commission on Access to Justice, and to the Liberal Democrats in response to their call for evidence. The Bar Council briefed MPs and Peers in advance of parliamentary debates on the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act and access to justice.

Brexit

The Chairman also gave evidence to the Labour Party’s Bach Commission on Access to Justice, and to the Liberal Democrats in response to their call for evidence. The Bar Council briefed MPs and Peers in advance of parliamentary debates on the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act and access to justice.

LPP

The Chairman also gave evidence to the Labour Party’s Bach Commission on Access to Justice, and to the Liberal Democrats in response to their call for evidence. The Bar Council briefed MPs and Peers in advance of parliamentary debates on the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act and access to justice.The Chairman also gave evidence to the Labour Party’s Bach Commission on Access to Justice, and to the Liberal Democrats in response to their call for evidence. The Bar Council briefed MPs and Peers in advance of parliamentary debates on the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act and access to justice.

Court Reform / Court sitting hours

The Chairman also gave evidence to the Labour Party’s Bach Commission on Access to Justice, and to the Liberal Democrats in response to their call for evidence. The Bar Council briefed MPs and Peers in advance of parliamentary debates on the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act and access to justice.The Chairman also gave evidence to the Labour Party’s Bach Commission on Access to Justice, and to the Liberal Democrats in response to their call for evidence. The Bar Council briefed MPs and Peers in advance of parliamentary debates on the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act and access to justice.

AGFS

The Chairman also gave evidence to the Labour Party’s Bach Commission on Access to Justice, and to the Liberal Democrats in response to their call for evidence. The Bar Council briefed MPs and Peers in advance of parliamentary debates on the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act and access to justice.The Chairman also gave evidence to the Labour Party’s Bach Commission on Access to Justice, and to the Liberal Democrats in response to their call for evidence. The Bar Council briefed MPs and Peers in advance of parliamentary debates on the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act and access to justice.

In this section

The Brexit Working Group
The Office of the Lord Chancellor
Legal Professional Privilege
McKenzie Friends
Bach Commission
Parliamentary Committees
Prisons and Courts Bill
Court reform and sitting hours
Legal Aid - AGFS
Consultations