In brief: Sparks expected to fly at Bar AGM

A series of controversial resolutions at the Bar annual general meeting this weekend will aim to redress the competitive balance between barristers and solicitors. Resolutions on barrister partnerships and full public direct access return to the agenda after being narrowly defeated last year. Meanwhile, the Council of Legal Education appears to be using cost orders as a weapon against ex-students litigating against it. The move could lead to the Bar having to fund a litigation budget of around £4 million, barrister Richard Cole of New Court chambers will warn at the meeting.