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On Saturday 23 November 2019 Conference chair Rachel Langdale QC, Chair of the Bar Richard Atkins QC and Chair of the Young Barristers' Committee Athena Markides welcomed the profession to the Grand Connaught Rooms in London for the latest Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference.

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23 November 2019, 10:00 - 17:00
Event Type
The Grand Connaught Rooms, London
Court reform, Dispute resolution, International, Negotiation, Business development
Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference 2019


The 2019 event brought the profession together to learn from the experience of colleagues, gain practical insight into key issues at the modern Bar, and celebrate our achievements. Expert speakers throughout the day contributed to a streamlined programme examining the changing work and role of barristers across the whole profession in today's legal system and society.

Highlights of the 2019 conference included:

  • Practical advice on questioning of vulnerable witnesses, parallel proceedings, and other pressing issues for criminal and family lawyers
  • An investigation of the way forward for commercial disputes in a post-Brexit age
  • A look back at the first 100 years of women lawyers, and a look ahead to what the next century holds for women at the Bar
  • A chance to develop your negotiation skills with a former Scotland Yard kidnap and hostage crisis negotiator 
  • An in-depth look at court reform developments
  • Insight from a range of experts including SBA leaders, the Secret Barrister, and voices from across the Bar and judiciary


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Conference programme 2019

View the full list of 2019 sessions and speakers

View the programme




Practical outcomes for the Bar:

  • Advanced knowledge of how to deal with vulnerable witnesses, and an awareness of the risks involved
  • A full understanding of parallel proceedings and the needs of the client
  • Insight into cross-border claims in contract and tort, including consideration of the impact of Brexit
  • Awareness of how the Three Divisions differ from one another
  • Practical advice on maintaining working relationships and building negotiation skills
  • An Employed Bar perspective on understanding the transformation of legal services
  • Insight to allocation of jurisdiction and enforcement of arbitration agreements
  • Continued development of your expertise and knowledge to advance your practice and career, and more.