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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 Thursday, 17 May at City Law School in London for a Students' evening at City Law School - “What I wish I had known when I was applying for the BPTC/pupillage – an Employed Barrister’s view”. Book this event HERE.
Official Bar Directory 2018/9 - If you haven't reactivated your official Bar Directory profile for 2018/19 yet, you can ensure your details are included by registering now. Claiming your official Bar Directory profile is straightforward, free and should only take you a couple of minutes. The Bar Council has partnered with the tech team at Juriosity to launch the new Bar Directory as an online-only platform. The new and improved Bar Directory now includes a number of exciting features, including a self-publishing tool to enable you to maximise your exposure to thousands of potential clients by posting your articles in the Juriosity Knowledge Centre for free. For more details go to www.juriosity.com. If you are interested in finding out the additional benefits of purchasing an enhanced Bar Directory profile, please contact email@example.com or 020 391 20617 to discuss. Individual Enhanced Profiles cost just £99+VAT for one year and £499+VAT for an organisational profile. Discounts are available for customers quoting 'BACFI membership'.
BACFI is pleased to announce that it will be sponsoring an award at this year’s employed bar awards which takes place at the Imperial War Museum on 29th June. For further details of the awards, how to nominate and how to purchase tickets go to the Employed Bar Hub https://employedbar.com/.
“Our business plan for 2018” - we have created a business plan for both BACFI purposes and in order to provide information to others.
New third edition of BSB Handbook (Version 3.2 updated February 2018 including 9th edition of The Code of Conduct) now available HERE.
Read BACFI’s The A-Z of Offering a Pupillage in Commerce and Industry HERE.
BSB Regulatory Update - Review April's Regulatory Update from the Bar Standards Board HERE.
Judicial Appointments Commission (see details of current and forthcoming vacancies - HERE)
Circuit Judges at the Central Criminal Court - selection exercise expected to launch in April
Circuit Judge of the Employment Appeal Tribunal - selection exercise expected to launch in May
Insolvency and Companies Court Judges - selection exercise expected to launch in May
Regional Judge and Deputy Regional Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, Property Chamber, Residential Property - selection exercise expected to launch in May
Senior Circuit Judge, Designated Civil Judge - selection exercise expected to launch in May
Specialist Civil Circuit Judge (Chancery) - selection exercise expected to launch in June