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Is the future of the barrister profession bright? Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC believes it is.

23 February 2016

I was speaking to a group of Lincoln’s Inn students on this ?very topic recently. I would not have become chairman of the Bar if I did not believe that the future legal services market in England and Wales would include the Bar. 

That is not to say that we do not live in challenging times. Heavy cuts to legal aid, the removal of legal aid altogether in certain areas, court fees – to mention but a few – have all taken their toll. Many of the challenges we face today, and how we respond to them, are about preserving what is valuable in the Bar, and they should not be underestimated. 

However, the Bar has survived over many centuries because of its ability to adapt to changes in society, and its commitment to ?the highest professional standards and to excellence in advocacy.

Over the last few decades we have adapted how we work at the Bar. One example is the increased use of digital technology to keep down our overheads, to allo...

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