The Annual Bar & Young Bar Conference 2021

Recovery, growth and transformation

17th -19th November 2021 online

20th November 2021 in-person (London) and live streamed

This year's Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference will take place across four days of online and in-person sessions examining what is needed to overcome the challenges restricting the delivery of justice, which has been exacerbated by the pandemic over the last two years. We hope the new hybrid format will allow the profession to once again meet in person where possible, whilst retaining the option for South Eastern Circuit members to attend sessions at this fully accessible event online.

Programme highlights:

  • Clive Coleman (former BBC Legal Correspondent) leads a panel asking how the justice system can recover from continuous cuts and the legacies of Covid-19;
  • Eminent figures including the Rt Hon Baroness Hale and the Rt Hon Baroness Kennedy QC look at the current state of the Rule of Law;
  • Professor Jo Delahunty QC (4PB) and Rachel Francis (One Pump Court) examine the impact of traumatic casework on barristers and consider how it can be addressed;
  • The Rt Hon David Lammy chairs a panel looking at how diversity can be improved through fairer distribution of work;
  • Our panel of experienced silks offer advice on advocacy for young barristers;
  • Leading legal journalists including Jonathan Ames of The Times discuss the role of journalism in shaping the justice system; and much more.

Read the full programme and book your place at

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference. Tickets are available for the full event and for individual online sessions, and discounts are available for students, pupils, barristers in income bands 1-2 and Bar Representation Fee subscribers.