Chair of Institute of Barristers’ Clerks to prioritise ABSs

The incoming chairman of the Institute of ­Barristers’ Clerks (IBC) has put dealing with alternative business structures (ABSs) at the top of the agenda as chambers grapple with ways of adapting to the new structures.

David Barnes
David Barnes

David Barnes, director of clerking at 39 Essex Street, has taken over the ­chairmanship from 15 New Bridge Street senior clerk Gary Brown. Barnes said that dealing with the ABS issue is one of the bar’s top priorities.

“One of the interesting areas [for the IBC] will be ABSs, how chambers will develop and how clerks will fit in,” he said. “There are a number of other key factors, such as the pressure on ­publicly funded fees.”

He added that the IBC will be working with the Bar Council on the ­international development of the bar.

Barnes can serve a ­maximum three-year term as chairman, although his position will be reviewed on an annual basis. Brown ­decided to stand down after two years in the role.

One Essex Court deputy senior clerk Jackie Ginty has taken on the role of vice-chair of the IBC.