“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.