The Bar in a time of crisis: An online response we can be proud of

If there is one thing that the past few weeks have demolished it is the myth that the Bar is an institution stuck in the past.  The sheer speed and ingenuity with which a large number of chambers have responded online to the problems caused by Covid19 is remarkable. Within days websites were set up, webinars given, online tutorials available as barristers came to grips with the challenges and the technology.

I have hesitated in writing this because I know, for every contribution I mention, there will be dozens (possibly hundreds) of chambers and barristers thinking (perhaps vehemently) “what about the blog/webinar/app/work that I have done”.  However, that fear I have illustrates perfectly the point I am trying to make.  The Bar has produced a wealth of useful, if not essential, information.

There is guidance in virtually every practice area.  Over the six weeks I have been glad (actually proud) to act as a source to publicise a range of initiatives from chambers, many well outside my normal practice area. I want to highlight some of those here.

My aim is to both celebrate the work that has been done and to encourage people not only to write but to be active in publicising the work they have produced. I am sure that there are many initiatives I have missed here. Writing and producing helpful material is not enough. Without publicity your work won’t make a sound. Many barristers are reticent at promoting their initiatives, however the work being done at present is of fundamental importance to the legal system.  This is not a time to be shy.

COVID-19 AND THE IMMIGRATION TRIBUNALS: A WORKING GUIDE FOR REPRESENTATIVES: 

  • ‘Covid-19 and the immigration tribunals: a working guide for representatives’ – 1MCB Chambers has prepared a guide to assist representatives following the unprecedented changes being made to the procedures in immigration tribunals. The guide provides an overview of some of the key challenges, as well as practical advice for making applications and submissions. There is an interesting section on resources with useful links and the guide links directly through to all of the Notes, Rules, Amendments and Guidance.

COVID-19 AND THE IMMIGRATION TRIBUNALS: A WORKING GUIDE FOR REPRESENTATIVES: 

  • ‘Covid-19 and the immigration tribunals: a working guide for representatives’ – 1MCB Chambers has prepared a guide to assist representatives following the unprecedented changes being made to the procedures in immigration tribunals. The guide provides an overview of some of the key challenges, as well as practical advice for making applications and submissions. There is an interesting section on resources with useful links and the guide links directly through to all of the Notes, Rules, Amendments and Guidance.

EMPLOYMENT LAWYERS RAISING FUNDS FOR THE FREE REPRESENTATION UNIT: 28 OF THE FINEST LEGAL MINDS IN THE UK:

CIVIL LITIGATION AND COVID-19: GUIDANCE FROM 2TG:

VIDEO: CREATING AND USING ELECTRONIC HEARING BUNDLES: ST PHILIPS CHAMBERS: 

VIRTUAL SETTLEMENT MEETINGS AND MEDIATIONS: (MEDIATION WHEN LIVING A CLOISTERED LIFE…):

MODEL: AGREED PROCEDURAL TEMPLATE FOR JOINT SETTLEMENT MEETINGS HELD REMOTELY:

USEFUL GUIDANCE ON REMOTE HEARINGS: FROM START TO FINISH:

EBUNDLING: VERY USEFUL STEP BY STEP GUIDE:

  • E-Bundle Preparation Guide‘ – James M Turner QC of Quadrant Chambers has prepared a guide to help advocates and others deal with the issue of preparing bundles. There are 12 key points that take you through the preparation of a bundle, including scanning, making it searchable and adding further PDFs.

CLOISTERS GUIDE TO MAKING VIRTUAL HEARINGS IN THE EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL WORK:

KINGS CHAMBERS: CORONAVIRUS: GUIDANCE FOR LAWYERS AND BUSINESSES

Coronavirus: Guidance for Lawyers and Businesses

Kings Chambers has over 120 posts on all aspects of the law relating to lawyers and business, including links to the Regulations and posts on wellbeing.

4-5 GRAY’S INN SQUARE: A LIST OF PRACTICAL GUIDANCE CONCERNING THE OPERATIONS OF COURTS AND TRIBUNALS

the juniors of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square have compiled all the current guidance impacting civil practitioners Current COVID-19 Court & Professional Guidance

 Gordon Exall is a barrister who practices from Kings Chambers in Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham.

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