Previous Events

28th June 2018
‘The GDPR & Public Access Administration’ by Shobana Iyer (Member of the Bar Council’s IT Panel Committee).
‘Public Access Rule Changes & Revised Guidance’ by Andrew Granville Stafford (Chairman of the Public Access Bar Association 2013-2018; Head of the Bar Council’s Direct Access Panel; Member of the Bar Council’s Ethics Committee and BSB approved Public Access Trainer).

20th June 2018
‘Changes to the Public Access Rules’ by Ewen MacLeod (Director of Strategy and Policy at the Bar Standards Board).
‘Money Laundering Regulations’ by Chris Convey (Bar Council’s Ethics Committee and head of the Money Laundering Taskforce).

Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference 2017

8th June 2017
Invited by Ian Roberts (seated left): Dr Michael Arnheim, Chris Bryden (PABA Treasurer) and Marc Beaumont (PABA President) spoke to law students at Birkbeck, University of London about Public Access.

29th March 2017 ‘From the Bench: A Judge’s View of Public Access’
Her Honour Judge Walden-Smith

15th March 2017 ‘Public Access Update: Ethics, Money Laundering and Client Care Letters’
Chris Convey (Bar Council’s Money Laundering Taskforce)
Ewen MacLeod (Head of Policy, BSB)
Andrew Walker QC (Vice-Chair of the Bar Council; Chair of Ethics Committee)

8th March 2017 ‘Resources for Public Access Barristers’
Carol Harris (Barco)
Orlagh Kelly (Briefed)
Fraser Wright (P[x]aralegal)

22nd February 2017 ‘From Silks Row: A QC’s View on Public Access’
Robin Allen QC
Phillip Cayford QC
Mark Rainsford QC
Anthony Speaight QC

8th February 2017 ‘Developing a Public Access Practice: Online portals and marketing’
Dr Basileios Drolias (MyBarrister)
Daniel ShenSmith (ShenSmith Barristers)
Stephen Ward (Clerksroom)
Danielle Wright (Bar Council Direct Access Portal)

21st April 2015
Professor Dominic Regan (City Law School & New Law Journal columnist) and Richard Burcher (Managing Director of Validatum) presented a CPD seminar entitled ‘How To Price Your Direct Access Work’ which reviewed what currently constitutes pricing best practice internationally and how to approach the pricing of our work in order to remain relevant, competitive and profitable. Organised by Carla Morris-Papps and chaired by Chris Bryden who gave a short update on recent developments in public access.


4th June 2014
CPD seminar ‘Barristers Conducting Litigation’ was presented by a panel of speakers including Ewen Macleod (Bar Standards Board), Peter Rouse (Privitus), Alex Hobbs (Backbone UK) and Jayne Willetts (Solicitor-Advocate).

3rd June 2014
President of PABA, Marc Beaumont, gave a CPD seminar on recent developments in barrister disciplinary proceedings.

28th January 2014
Maura McGowan QC (Vice Chair of the Bar Council’s BARCO Committee) and Paul Mosson (Head of Member Services, Bar Council, and a Director of BARCO) led a CPD seminar about BARCO, the Bar’s escrow account.

27th November 2013
At the Middle Temple Ashley Building, Andrew Granville Stafford, Ousman Noor (Open Counsel) and Nick Draycott (Marketing Consultant) gave a CPD seminar on marketing Public Access.

25th September 2013
Andrew Granville Stafford (Chair) and three senior clerks (Sam McQuade, Scott Baldwin and James Kemp) gave a seminar at 7 Bedford Row on clerking and managing Public Access.

19th December 2012
At the Middle Temple Parliament Chamber, Andrew Granville Stafford delivered a CPD lecture entitled ‘Public Access Update’. A summary of his lecture is available here.

20th June 2012
At the Middle Temple Parliament Chamber, Marc Beaumont delivered a lecture on defending Barristers in disciplinary cases. Andrew Hopper QC gave a lecture on developments in solicitor disciplinary work.
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PABA in the USA:
On 16th April 2012, Marc Beaumont, PABA Chair, addressed the New York State Bar Association at the Harvard Club, New York City, about the modern profile of the English Bar.

On 19th April 2012, Marc Beaumont, PABA Chair addressed the American Bar Association, Section of International Law, on the English Bar’s modern systems of direct access.

The Bar Conference 2011
PABA jointly held a workshop with the Access to the Bar Committee. Marc Beaumont spoke about direct access in judicial review and disciplinary cases and Tim Becker spoke about direct access in family work.

24th March 2011
The new Legal Ombudsman, Mr Adam Sampson, was interviewed by Marc Beaumont before an interactive PABA audience on 24th March 2011. Mr Sampson outlined the new scheme and listened carefully to the Bar’s concerns, making a very good impression.

26th January 2011
PABA and the Bar Council International Committee, co-hosted a cocktail party at Quadrant Chambers for a delegation of Chinese lawyers.

22nd November 2010
Public Access work in criminal, family and immigration cases:
The Chairman of the Bar elect, Peter Lodder QC, the Chair of the Access to the Bar Committee, the Chair of the YBC, a senior immigration practitioner and a senior clerk engaged in a question and answer session, moderated by Marc Beaumont. It was standing room only as Barristers queued down 5 flights of stairs to attend this hugely well-attended event, as the Bar’s eyes were opened to new ways of practising.

21st October 2010
Defending Barristers in Disciplinary proceedings:
Marc Beaumont conducted a seminar dealing with a range of novel and important issues arising from recent cases in which he has defended Barristers.

21st September 2010
Marc Beaumont, Chairman of PABA, at City Week.

Address to PABA February 2010
Shadow Justice Secretary, Dominic Grieve QC MP outlines his approach to the Ministry of Justice portfolio to PABA members.

Address to PABA November 2009
Nick Green QC Reviews Public Access and the wider future of the Bar.

Lecture to PABA October 2008
“Mediation – An Offer You Cannot Refuse” Sir Gavin Lightman’s lecture to PABA on 16th October 2008.

Lecture to PABA April 2008
“The Three Ages of the Barrister” Marc Beaumont’s speech to PABA on 17th April 2008 at the seminar “The Legal Services Act 2007 – will it cause death by fusion?”

Lecture to PABA November 2007
Anthony Speaight QC: “The Bar – not a referral profession, but a specialist profession”.

Lecture to PABA October 2007
Given by Timothy Dutton QC Vice Chairman of the Bar Council of England and Wales.


PABA Officers

PhotoTimothy Becker
PhotoChris Bryden
PhotoMarc Beaumont