The future of the Bar: Tipping points
'Core values' is a theme that traditionally features heavily at the Bar Council's annual conference. This year - with deep cuts looming to legal aid and huge upheaval expected with the implementation in 2011 of the Legal Services Act (LSA) - was no exception. Speakers including Kim Hollis QC and Lord Neuberger paid customary tribute to the concept, before Mayor of London Boris Johnson took to the stage to deliver a gag-filled address. With laughter still echoing around the Hilton Metropole on Edgware Road, delegates filed out into a foyer full of stalls from upmarket wealth management and luxury goods companies.
With dramatic cuts to legal aid looming and new business models on the horizon, the Bar faces huge upheaval at a time when the gap between commercial and publicly-funded advocates has never been more stark. Alex Aldridge reports on the attempts to chart a course forward
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