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Weekly Round Up 08.06.12

CBA News:

Chairman’s Update:

The Financial Times today dedicated space to articles about the Criminal Bar. You can read their coverage HERE.

I want to congratulate and thank journalist Franny Rabkin and the editorial team at the FT for their balanced and fair coverage. Surely this strips away, once and for all, any vestige of the old Fleet Street myth of criminal law fat cats. We may have few friends in central government, but we continue to press our case to the public, for the preservation of the system which we embody and upon which the public rely.

I was unable to attend the emergency meeting of the Northern Ireland criminal Bar held in Belfast on Wednesday. However I am pleased that our incoming Chairman Michael Turner QC was there, and delivered a speech which you can read HERE. The message in Northern Ireland must be the same as here in England and Wales: stand together if you want the independent Bar to survive.

May I thank those attending the Annual Dinner for their generosity in raising £400 for Scene & Heard, the London children’s charity which I support. The charity relies upon every penny raised in order to continue their projects which make life and prospects better for disadvantaged children. Thank you.


Nominations for Vice Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association:

Nominations for this position will open later this month, if you had a candidate in mind please note that those wishing to stand must be either Queen’s Counsel or Senior Treasury Counsel and must be a member of the CBA and be proposed and seconded by members of the CBA. The successful candidate will be expected to take over as Chairman in September 2013, having served as Vice Chairman for the previous year.


Health Support and Advice for the Bar – Law Care:

LawCare provides an independent and confidential service which assists members of the Law Societies of England and Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland and the Isle of Man; the Institute of Legal Executives; the Bar Councils of England and Wales, the Republic of Ireland, and Northern Ireland; the Faculty of Advocates in Scotland; the Department of Justice; the Institute of Barristers Clerks; and the National Association of Paralegals.  This is a confidential advisory service to help lawyers, their immediate families and their support staff to deal with the health issues and related emotional difficulties that can result from a stressful career as a lawyer, or working with lawyers. LawCare is there to support and assist you, too. 

LawCare offers you the opportunity to discuss problems that are interfering with, or have the potential to interfere with, your work performance and / or your family life and to seek to help in resolving these problems.

Through LawCare, help is available to those who are suffering from stress and /or depression, or who have alcohol, drug or other dependency concerns, or eating disorders.


There is a helpline which is open 365 days a year:-

9am – 7.30pm, Monday to Friday

10am – 4pm Saturday, Sunday and UK Bank Holidays

0800 018 4299

Further details can be found on the website here


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Special offer from Oxford University Press – Save 20% on select Criminal Law Titles

More information and a list of titles can be found here


CBA Events:

Child Injury and Expert Evidence: The Lessons of Al-Alas

The Association of Lawyers for Children and the Criminal Bar Association jointly present an evening seminar

Wednesday 4th July 2012

6pm-8pm; followed by drinks and canapés

Michael Turner QC, Jo Delahunty QC and Kate Purkiss speaking with Martha Cover, Co-Chair of the ALC Chairing

Book online or download the booking form from the CBA website –  


Other News:              


Criminal Law Week – updates (issue 22)

Key updates from this week’s issue of Criminal Law Week:


Prosecution appeals against terminating rules – procedural hurdles (particularly as to the giving of notice):  R. v. M., C.A. (CLW/12/22/1).


Aggravated burglary – whether a secondary party to a burglary, who remains outside the building but who is in possession of an offensive weapon or firearm, can be convicted of the aggravated offence:   R. v. Wiggins, C.A. (CLW/12/22/2).


Football banning orders – conditions to be satisfied when making an order:  R. v. Doyle and ors, C.A. (CLW/12/22/4).


Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims – amendments made by the 2012 Act brought into force on July 2, 2012, including the extension of the section 5 offence in the 2004 Act to causing or allowing a child or vulnerable adult to suffer serious physical harm:  S.I. 2012 No. 1432 (CLW/12/22/5).


International News & Events

For the latest update and further information from Advocates for International Development click here


Other Events:       

South Eastern Circuit Lecture – How to Apply: The Art of Applying for CPS Upgrade / QASA / Judicial Appointment

Simon Clements, CPS and Martin Forde QC, JAC Commissioner

Monday 18 June at 6pm

Middle Temple

To reserve a place, please email: [email protected]


The Koestler Trust’s 50th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner – celebrating arts by offenders helping ensure our next 50 years

Guest of honour : Antony Gormley

Venue The Waldorf

7pm Thursday 28th June 2012

Black Tie

Being held at the Waldorf as its where Arthur Koestler, David Astor and Hugh Casson devised the Koestler Trust

It’s the very first event of its kind for  us and we’re hoping to make it a biennial event for the years to come.

The response from our supporters has be fantastic but we still have a few places left to sell and it would be simply wonderful if we could sell out for the event.

We shall be having an auction which will include a Gormley, a Grayson Perry, a Maggi Hambling and a Mary Feddon as  well as the chefs Table at Gordon Ramsey’s restaurant at Claridges and a master class for two with the world renowned chef Jean Christophe Novelli .

All in all a great night guaranteed but we’re grateful for all the support you can muster for us


South Eastern Circuit Bar Mess Foundation Advanced International Advocacy Course

(Bank holiday) Monday 27 August until Saturday 1 September

Keble College, Oxford

The aim of the South Eastern Circuit Bar Mess Foundation Advanced International Advocacy Course at Keble College, Oxford course, is to encourage and develop the highest standards of advocacy amongst practitioners.  The course is the most demanding and intensive of any advocacy course in the UK, and was described by a former presiding judge of the Circuit as the “Best Advanced Course in the UK”

The application form is now available to download:

The Inns of Court are each offering funding for up to five of their members towards the cost of attending the Keble Advanced Advocacy Course.  The deadline for applications for the scholarships has been extended to 25 May 2012 and for further details, please click here.


South Eastern Circuit Florida Criminal Law Advocacy course

The South Eastern Circuit seeks a Silk with a criminal practice to attend the South Eastern Circuit Florida Criminal Law Advocacy course, held at the University of Florida, Gainesville, from Sunday 5 August to Friday 10 August 2012.  The successful applicant is expected to take part in advocacy exercises, to provide feedback to participants and, he or she will demonstrate qualities marking him or her out as an appropriate ambassador of our profession.  The course fees, accommodation and flights are funded by the Florida Bar Association. Successful candidates will be expected to travel to Gainesville in time to attend the course on 5 August 2012 and if you would like further details, please click here.


The Slynn Foundation are delighted that The Rt Hon The Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers KG, who will retire as President of the UK Supreme Court in September, has agreed to deliver the 10th Slynn Foundation Lecture on Monday 12 November 2012. More details will follow but please note the date.

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