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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, 23 January for a seminar: Personal Risk, Liabilities and Penalties - Mitigation Strategies for in-house Counsel - How to protect yourself when the firm does not protect you. Hosted by Stephenson Harwood LLP in London. Speakers: Sara George, Alan Ward, Paul Reeves, Purvis Ghani, Jonathan Kirsop and Simon Moore. Register for this event 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/
BSB Regulatory Update - Review December's Regulatory Update from the Bar Standards Board HERE.
New third edition of BSB Handbook (Version 3.4 updated 23 November 2018 including 9th edition of The Code of Conduct) now available 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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'.
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)
The Bar Tribunals & Adjudication Service (BTAS) is recruiting for two key roles, that provide vital professional leadership and guidance to support BTAS in its important work. - HERE
• The Chair of the Disciplinary Tribunal Service
• The Vice-Chair (Barrister) of the Inns’ Conduct Committee