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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 Issues 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, 5 June for a seminar: The Senior Managers and Certification Regime. Hosted by Peters and Peters LLP in London. This seminar will look at the impact of the biggest change in decades in the regulation of individuals in financial services: the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (the SMCR). From 9 December 2019, the SMCR will be extended to all financial firms that are solely regulated by the FCA – introducing a huge change in how many firms and individuals are regulated. This seminar will focus on the practical reality of the regime, bringing together a panel of industry experts from both private practice and in house to look at some of the more difficult issues. Register for this event HERE.
Corporate membership of BACFI - BACFI offers corporate membership to firms employing barristers. For 2019/20 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.
BSB Regulatory Update - Review May's Regulatory Update from the Bar Standards Board HERE.
New fourth edition of BSB Handbook (updated 1 April 2019 including 9th edition of The Code of Conduct) now available HERE.
“Our business plan for 2019” - we have created a business plan for both BACFI purposes and in order to provide information to others.
Denning Lecture 2018 - We were pleased to welcome Mrs Justice Rose as this year’s speaker for our Denning Lecture on 4th December. Entitled ‘An Understanding Heart’ : Being a Judge in the 21st Century the lecture can be read HERE.
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)