Speaker: Stephen Hockman QC
Legal Services Reform - the impact upon the Bar
In this lecture Stephen Hockman QC will describe the events leading up to the Legal Services Act 2007; the changes made by the Act; the way the Bar has reacted to those changes; and the likely outcome as regards the future of the Bar. He will argue that a set of reforms which was expressly designed to preserve the Bar for the future has, in the events which have happened, created a number of risks which threaten its future. Stephen will also explain why he thinks the success of the Bar in overcoming these risks lies primarily in the hands of barristers themselves.
Stephen Hockman QC was called to the Bar in 1970, took silk in 1990, and has been Head of Chambers at Six Pump Court since 1996 (since earlier this year jointly with his colleague Peter Harrison QC). He was a member of the Bar Council for approximately a decade concluding with a year as Chairman of the Bar in 2006, the year in which the draft Legal Services Bill emerged. Stephen is also visiting Professor at the City University, and a member of the Advisory Council of the City Law School.
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6.30pm - 8.30pmWednesday 5th October 2011