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To all practising employed Juniors under 7 years' in practice: notice of a Bar Council vacancy 

Following the resignation of a Bar Council member, a Bar Council vacancy has arisen in the category of 'employed Junior under 7 years' in practice'. In line with Part II, 7(d) of the Bar Council's constitution, this vacancy may now be filled by appointment.  The term will commence as soon as is practicable and end on 31 December 2018. 

Expressions of interest are therefore invited from practisingemployed Juniors under 7 years' in practice who wish to join Bar Council.All candidates must be employed juniorswho first became eligible for a full practising certificate less than 7 years before the date of their election.  All candidates must hold a valid practising certificate.  

Candidates are asked to submit a short statement of no more than 200 words to demonstrate their suitability for the post by Tuesday 30 May 2017 to Elections@BarCouncil.org.uk. These statements will be circulated to Bar Council 2017 members who will each vote for their preferred candidate. It is anticipated that the results will be made known in mid-June 2017 and ratified at the Bar Council meeting on 8 July 2017. 

Further information regarding membership of Bar Council can be found in the Constitution, here. Alternatively, please email Elections@BarCouncil.org.uk with any queries you may have.




The Bar Council has been asked to nominate two barristers to the QCA Selection Panel, beginning 1 January 2018. 

About the QCA Selection Panel

The Panel recommends advocates for appointment as Queen's Counsel (QC).  The QC rank identifies excellence in advocacy in the higher courts.  It is the most significant award available to an advocate, whether solicitor or barrister. 

The Selection Panel normally contains nine or ten members-two senior barristers, two senior solicitors, a serving or retired senior judge and four or five lay members. Legal and lay members play an equal part in all the work of the Panel, but the Chair is always drawn from amongst the lay members. It is essential that all the members should be of very high calibre: the Panel has significant responsibilities for making decisions with a real impact on the practice of law at the highest level.

About the role

Further information about the Panel can he found here. If you have an enquiry which is not covered by that information, please feel free to call the Head of Governance, Natalie Zara, on 0207 611 1465.

Skills and personal attributes

Panel members must be available for a minimum of 30 days a year mostly between August and December.  Appointments will initially be for a two-year period, which may be extended to a maximum of five years. Meetings will be held in London.  Remuneration is at a daily rate to reflect the important and demanding nature of the work. 

As a member of the Panel you must be able to demonstrate an ability to sift through complex evidence from multiple sources in order to reach incisive judgements.  To command public confidence and respect, you must display a proven commitment to equality of opportunity and diversity. You will have well-developed interviewing skills and have held a senior position of authority.    

How to apply

Subject to the principle of appointment on merit, the professional bodies regard it as important that the composition of the Selection Panel should itself be diverse. At present the Selection Panel is predominantly male. Applications from female applicants are therefore particularly welcome.

Applications from all sections of the community are welcomed.

Applicants should send a copy of their CV accompanied by a short written statement stating their suitability for the role and describing their skills and experience, to:

Natalie Zara, Head of Governance, nzara@barcouncil@org.uk.

The closing date for applications is10am Monday 20 November 2017. 




TERM: 4 year initial term

The Bar Council is looking to nominate two barrister trustees for the Free Representation Unit (FRU). 

About Free Representation Unit

The FRU is a registered charity that was formed 45 years ago by bar students. The charity has two objectives; to relieve poverty by providing free representation in court and tribunal hearings and to contribute to the education and training of the legal profession.

In practice FRU represents clients in social security appeals in the first-tier tribunal and upwards and in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal. FRU trains over 1000 law students each year in these subjects and approximately 400 volunteers take on cases each year.

FRU is governed by a constitution. An elected management committee (drawn from active volunteers) is responsible for managing the work of the unit. Day to day management of the Unit is undertaken by a chief executive and 8 other paid staff.

About the role

The role of the trustee is to:

  • Hold the assets of FRU, which is an unincorporated association
  • Oversee the running of the charity
  • Ensure that the constitution is complied with
  • Discharge the legal duties of a charity trustee (for example reporting and publishing accounts)

Trustees currently attend 2 - 3 meetings per annum and ensure that they keep in touch with organisational developments. There are currently three trustees, two of who act as senior trustees.

Further information about the role can be obtained from David Abbott, FRU Chief Executive at chief.exec@thefru.org.uk or 020 7611 9567.

Skills and personal qualities

Trustees should have a commitment to promoting pro bono legal activity, the ability to act as an ambassador for FRU to our stakeholders, an understanding of the legal pro bono sector, the ability to shape the direction of the organisation so that its objectives are met in a continually changing context and a commitment to ensuring accountability for the work of the charity.

Future Developments

The current FRU management committee and trustees have agreed to explore changes to FRU's constitution. Current plans include a move to a new constitution with FRU becoming an incorporated body with a single governance board. FRU would like to appoint one trustee who would take the lead for ensuring the smooth transition from the current governance model to a new model, acting as the interim chair of a new governance body.

FRU also wishes to conduct a review to identify how it should develop in the medium term to meet its charitable objectives in the light of developments in; legal education, courts and tribunals, government policy, client needs and technology. FRU trustees will have an important voice in this review.

Eligibility and how to apply

FRU trustees are appointed by the Chair of the Bar Council. A person is eligible to be appointed if he or she is a member of the Bar or holds judicial office. Appointments are made for four years. 

Applicants should send a copy of their CV accompanied by a short written statement stating their suitability for the role and describing their skills and experience, to:

Natalie Zara, Head of Governance, nzara@barcouncil@org.uk.

The closing date for applications is10am Monday 20 November 2017.