Election of Chairman of the Bar Council 2014
At the election meeting of the Bar Council held on 9th July 2014, Mr David Barniville SC was elected Chairman of the Bar Council.
Media articles on issues raised at the Bar of Ireland's 2014 conference "Justice in the 21st Century" held in Westport on 30-31 May.
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Irish Rule of Law International will host the annual ‘Malawi By the Sea’ dinner in the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire, on Friday 20th June at 7pm to raise funds for its Access to Justice project in Malawi. Tickets are only €65 and are available from firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Calcutta Run 2014
Some of the members of the Bar who took part in the 2014 Calcutta Run on Saturday 17th May, which raised funds for Fr Peter McVerry and homelessness in Calcutta. Over 1,000 runners took part in this year’s event, which saw runners and walkers follow a 10k and 5k route from Blackhall Place through the Phoenix Park.
The 2014 GOAL annual Gala Dinner will be held on Friday, May 23rd at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. The black-tie evening will begin with a drinks reception in the Henry Dunlop East room on Level 3, followed by a gourmet dinner, dancing and plenty of live entertainment.
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Click here to view the Bar Council's 2014 submissions to the Department of Justice and Equality on the Procedures for Appointment as a Judge.
Submission of the Bar Council in respect of the decision as to whether to establish an Irish division of the Unified Patent Court
Click here to view the Bar Council's 2014 submission to the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.
The Brief podcast, Thursday 28th November
Includes interview with David Barniville SC on the Legal Services Regulation Bill 2011, begins at 37.40 in the recording.
Bar of Ireland Conference - Regulation of the Independent Bar: The Future
Monday 25th November 2013
The Bar of Ireland held a half day Conference on the Regulation of the Independent Bar: the Future on 25th November 2013.
The following speakers will address the Conference:
Baroness Ruth Deech (Hon) Chairman, UK Bar Standards Board,
Ms Maura McGowan QC, Chairman of the Bar of England & Wales,
Professor George Yarrow, Chairman of the Regulatory Policy Institute, Oxford,
Chairman of the Bar Council, David Nolan SC.
David Nolan, Chairman of the Bar Council.
Irish Independent - 25th November, 2013
THE Irish legal system impacts on every man, woman and child in this country. Because of their far-reaching impact, any substantial changes to that system must, therefore, be given appropriate consideration and debate...
14th November 2013
Features Maura McGowan QC chair of the UK Bar Council on the threats to legal aid and access to justice. Begins at 34:46 in the recording.
7th November 2013
On The Brief podcast, John Rogers SC pays tribute to Mr Justice Kevin Lynch who passed away in October. Begins at 44:35 in the recording.
Lawyers are their own worst enemies’ when it comes to dealing with personal crises
Irish Times - Mark Hilliard – 3rd June 2013
Barristers are like professional dancers: it’s all very glamorous watching the performance but you never see the damaged feet. So says Hilary Tilby, chief executive of Law Care, a free helpline that has been reaching out to lawyers in crisis for the last three years...
Click here to view the Bar Council's 2013 submissions to the Minister for Justice and Equality on proposed court reforms.
Irish Independent - Dearbhail McDonald Legal Editor – 18 May 2013
THE ruling bodies for barristers in Northern Ireland and the Republic, the bar councils, are to meet in formal session for the first time in more than 90 years...
4th May 2013
The second Bank Irish Law Awards 2013 took place Friday 4th of May in the Four Seasons Hotel, Dublin. The winners of the inaugural Bar Council Human Rights Award were two Irish Rule of Law International lawyers Ruth Dowling BL and Eithne Lynch, “whose legal work has made a profound change in the rights and wellbeing of those without a voice.”
16th April 2013
The Bar Council welcomes the statement from the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore TD calling for lines of communication to be opened between the judiciary and the Government.
Department of Justice and Equality Seminar on Constitutional Reform
Paper by the Chairman of the Bar Council, David Nolan SC. Prepared for the Department of Justice and Equality Seminar on Constitutional Reform, held on the 2nd March 2013.
COLM Ó hOISÍN SC - The Irish Times - Monday, November 5, 2012
PAMELA NEWENHAM - The Irish Times - Monday, November 5, 2012
As an Irish barrister who has specialized in criminal law during her six years of practice, Alicia Hayes jumped at the opportunity to study wrongful convictions in the United States on a scholarship from the Bar Council of Ireland.
David Nolan SC has been elected Chairman of The Bar Council
The Brief, Legal Current Affairs Show Podcast
Submission of the Bar Council of Ireland to the Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality on the Legal Services Regulation Bill 2011.
NEW REPORT LAYS BARE SIZE AND SCALE OF UNCOSTED REGULATORY AUTHORITY. Lawyers, State and General Public face greater costs.
Bar Council Regulatory Impact Assessment for the proposed regulatory regime for the legal profession.
COMPECON - COMPETITION ECONOMICS. An Economic Analysis of the Government's Proposed Regulatory Regime for the Legal Profession in Ireland. Final Report 3rd March 2012.
The IMF response to the joint CCBE/ABA letter re Troika developments. Annexed - a letter from the Irish Department of Justice and Equality.
Summary of Bar Council Position on Legal Services Regulation Bill 2011.
"This week David Barniville S.C. on the Legal Services Regulation Bill..."
26th January 2012
Commenting on the publication of the Legal Services Regulation Bill 2011, the Bar Council said that while it remains fully open to reform of the legal system the Bill raises fundamental concerns about the administration of justice in this country and access to legal services for members of the public.
Talking to Seán O'Rourke, David Nolan SC discusses the Legal Services Regulatory Bill 2011.
12th October 2011
"THE BAR Council has reacted cautiously to an accusation by Minister for Justice Alan Shatter that it was “briefing against the State” in a meeting with representatives from the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund (IMF)..."
11th October 2011
3rd October 2011
6th July 2011
Jerry Carroll responds to Joe O'Reilly's article: "Time to put legal cartel in the dock".
Sunday Times - 16th June 2011