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Monday Message – 13.11.23

Dear colleagues and friends,

As members of one of the Learned Professions expectations of us are high.  We are required to constantly update our knowledge of the law and its application and ensure we are skilled to assist the courts.  At the current time, with the Criminal Bar striving to conduct as many cases as expeditiously as possible, it is difficult to find the capacity for additional training.  However, a unique feature of our profession is the sharing of learning between us, whether it is in robing rooms around England and Wales, on-line or in more formal surroundings.  Below is a list of Seminars and Courses provided by our Education and Training Committee, ably lead by Charlotte Newell KC and and Paul Jarvis, and assisted by Aaron Dolan.  If you are able to join us please do, it will be lovely to see you.



No one will have missed that there are currently fewer RASSO Counsel available for instruction.  We know that RASSO cases require the most skilled advocates to conduct them, they are witness intensive and the fees do not reflect the nature of the work involved.  RASSO Counsel describe feeling privileged and proud to prosecute and defend RASSO cases, which is why we want government to respect and invest in the expertise and work of Criminal Barristers who chose this type of work.

The CBA are launching a new RASSO training programme at the Inner Temple on Friday 24th November 2023. If you are either or both a RASSO Prosecutor or Defence Counsel please contact Aaron to be invited to the RASSO Launch.

Education and Training Events

Winter Conference, Inner Temple, London, Saturday 18th November 2023.

Prosecution Fees Lecture, Wednesday 6th December 2023, 17.45hrs with Tom Little KC, Senior Treasury Counsel.

Young Bar Lecture, all members under 7 years’ Call are invited to a lecture on Opening and Closing Speeches with Circuit Judge HHJ Mukherjee and Mrs. Justice Bobbie Cheema-Grubb, Thursday 7th December 2023, 18.00hrs.

To register for any training event, please reply to this email.

Treasury Counsel recruitment open evening, open to all criminal barristers of above 10 years’ Call.  Virtual open evening Monday 20th November (Teams).  Any questions to [email protected].

CBA Nominations to Election to the Executive Committee

There are five places available, one of which is for a King’s Counsel and at least one for members’ under 7 years’ call. The positions are for a term of three years from January 2024.

Those wishing to stand must be members of the CBA and must consent and be proposed and seconded in writing by email by members of the CBA.  These should be sent to the administrator by email.

Nominations must be received by 16.00 on Friday 24th November 2023.

North London Bar Mess: Joyeux Noel

The NLBM invites you to celebrate HHJ Lucas KC’s tenure and retirement as Resident Judge of Wood Green Crown Court on Thursday 7th  December at 17.00hrs.  Full details and to reserve your place here.

I can be contacted directly by email at: [email protected].

The CBA team wishes you all well with your endeavours over the coming fortnight.

Be excellent as always!

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