Bar Council elections

The Bar Council elections are once again in full swing with at least three strong contenders currently in the running for the post of vice chairman.

Contenders will have been announced at the weekend's Bar Council meeting. Current vice chairman Peter Goldsmith QC, of Fountain Court, is unlikely to be contested for the top job as next year's chairman, following Robert Seabrook QC of 1 Crown Office Row.

Hotly tipped in the running for vice chairman is Bar Council treasurer Martin Bowley QC, of 1 King's Bench Walk.

Criminal lawyer Bowley has exercised a controlling hand on Bar spending since 1992. His extensive council activities include serving on committees for finance, planning and Bar services, and he is on the legal aid working party and the Council of the Inns of Court.

Hilary Heilbron QC, of Brick Court Chambers, the London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association past chair, heads the discrimination committee and jointly led the Bar/Law society civil courts working party.

The third contender is criminal lawyer David Penry-Davey QC, who is at past chairman Anthony Scrivener QC's set at 2-3 Gray's Inn Square. He also followed Seabrook as leader of the South Eastern circuit.

Sadly, Michael Kalisher QC, of 1 Hare Court, popular past Criminal Bar Association chair will not stand due to ill health.