A serious man - the Bar makes a real attempt to modernise
It's far too easy to ridicule the Bar's attempts at modernisation, but I usually don't let that stop me. So it's personally disappointing that the Bar Council, under Nicholas Green QC, has moved to ditch the cosmetic attempts at flogging Brand Bar in favour of something far more substantive. The focal point of this was the blueprint Green unveiled in June in a wide-ranging report, The Future of the Bar. Don't let the title put you off - the 85-page report lives up to it in scope and ambition. The vision Green puts forward is relatively simple. The publicly-funded branch of the Bar is set to contract, alternative business models are needed to complement (but not replace) chambers and barristers must be ready to hugely expand their efforts to advise clients directly.
It’s far too easy to ridicule the Bar’s attempts at modernisation, but I usually don’t let that stop me. So it’s personally disappointing that the Bar Council, under Nicholas Green QC, has moved to ditch the cosmetic attempts at flogging Brand Bar in favour of something far more substantive.
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