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BACFI represents the interests of employed and non practising barristers providing legal services in commerce, finance and industry - the CFI Bar. It also welcomes student members and members of the Inns of Court who are interested in a career outside Chambers.
BACFI was founded in 1965 and merged in 2004 with the Employed and non practising Barristers' Association (ENPBA). BACFI provides representation, education and support to barristers working in a commercial environment and works to promote "one Bar", to ensure that the status and interests of our members are fully recognised and taken into account by the Bar Council and the Bar Standards Board (BSB).
In 2000, employed barristers were granted equal practising rights with the self employed and gained 14 elected seats on the Bar Council. BACFI is a recognised Specialist Bar Association and though it remains independent of Bar Council, members sit on the Council and many of its Committees. BACFI is also represented on the BSB and some of its committees and through its Professional Standards Committee contributes on members' behalf to both BSB and Bar Council consultations. If you are interested in contributing to BACFI's work or in standing for election to the Bar Council or appointment to the BSB, please contact us.
BACFI also focuses on professional development and career opportunities for its members and hosts a variety of CPD seminars and social networking events throughout the year. Our flagship Denning Lecture and Christmas party is the highlight of our social year.
Membership is open to all barristers and student members of the Inns of Court. To join BACFI, click HERE.
BACFI aims to provide equality of opportunity for anyone who comes into contact with the organisation and to ensure that no-one is discriminated against. BACFI is committed to developing an organisation in which all service users, workers and visitors enjoy equal rights.
Join us on Wednesday, 1 July for a seminar: "Applying to Become a Judge". Hosted by DLA Piper in London or will be hosted as a webinar depending on current circumstances. Participants will hear from a sitting judge and a representative from the Judicial Appointments Commission. Register for this event HERE.
“Business Plan 2020” - we have created a business plan for both BACFI purposes and in order to provide information to others.
BSB Regulatory Update - Review May's Regulatory Update from the Bar Standards Board HERE.
New 4.4 edition of BSB Handbook (updated 3 February 2020 including 9th edition of The Code of Conduct) now available HERE.
Masters of the Bench Candidacy - BACFI, with the help of the Inns, has put together an article on the processes and procedures of becoming a Bencher. All of the Inns are keen to attract more Benchers who are employed barristers so please read the article HERE and consider putting yourself forward. Please contact Sandra if you require any further details.
Denning Lecture 2019 - BACFI was very honoured that Lady Hale, the President of BACFI and also President of the UK Supreme Court, spoke at the Denning Lecture 2019. Held at the Athenaeum in Pall Mall the event was a sell out. The transcript of the lecture entitled “Women in law – the next 100 years” can be found HERE.
Corporate membership of BACFI - BACFI offers corporate membership to firms employing barristers. For 2020/21 this will cost £300 and will enable your legal department to send 10 barristers or solicitors to BACFI seminars during the year. Further details can be found HERE. Our current corporate members are ACCA and Fulcrum Chambers.
Assuring the Competence of Barristers - The Bar Standards Board have developed a regulatory framework that supports the profession to take greater responsibility for its own professional competence and, therefore, to limit regulatory intervention to where it is most needed. There are three main ways in which the regulatory framework assures the competence of barristers: By considering the effectiveness of the regulatory controls that the BSB has put in place to assure competence; By considering the effectiveness of the work by other organisations to assure competence; By encouraging referrals of reports on individual performance, so that we can work with individuals to raise standards and identify trends. Further details can be found here: https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/about-bar-standards-board/what-we-do/assuring-the-competence-of-barristers/
Read BACFI’s The A-Z of Offering a Pupillage in Commerce and Industry HERE.
Judicial Appointments Commission (see details of current and forthcoming vacancies - HERE)