"...but what is the Bar Liaison Committee?"

Simon Baker, Chair, Bar Liaison Committee

The Bar Liaison Committee?  What’s that?”  I have lost count of the number of times that I have been asked that question over the years by members of the Inn.  Indeed, I suspect that a very great number of those reading through the Yearbook and reading this article will be asking themselves that very question.  Given that I am coming to the end of my 16 years on the committee (with the last three having been as chairman), I am probably as well qualified as anyone to answer the question, and this seems a pretty good place to do it.

The BLC is a committee of members of Hall (i.e. members of the Inn who are not Benchers), including representatives from all of the circuits, with the role of ensuring that the voices of the ordinary members of the Inn are heard at all levels of decision making (and to help convey the Inn’s voice back to those members).  Members of the BLC sit on all of the Inn’s committees including the Education & Training, Scholarships, Outreach, Advocacy Training, Library, Estates and Finance committees.  The BLC even has three members who sit on the Inn’s Executive committee.

I can honestly say that I have never regretted being on the BLC.  It has given me a chance to be involved in incredibly interesting issues both within the Inn itself (such as Project Pegasus and the proposed reforms to future Bar training) and across the Bar more generally.  What is more, it has given me a chance to meet and work with a host of fascinating people ranging from the brightest and best upcoming students who will be the future of our profession right through to Court of Appeal and Supreme Court judges.

 

Simon Baker
Chair, Bar Liaison Committee

Simon Baker (Chair, BLC)

2 Bedford Row

Henrietta Amodio

Head of Treasury Office

Simon Baker (Chair, BLC)

2 Bedford Row

Henrietta Amodio

Head of Treasury Office

Simon Baker (Chair, BLC)

2 Bedford Row

Henrietta Amodio

Head of Treasury Office