A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR ABOUT THE BAR CATEGORIES

This year we’re focusing on the people that make up chambers and the efficiency of the infrastructure as well as the technical brilliance of its members. Here’s a chance for you to articulate the totality of skills on offer as well as the smoothness of its business processes. Why would a law firm instruct your set? Summarise the trends of your court appearances or advisory work but don’t list them out: put some shape on them. What specific areas of law has the chambers made their own? What is the talent pipeline like? Which firms have you developed robust relationships with, and how? How strong is your financial performance?  What is the chambers’ strategy? Where does it see the biggest opportunities of the next two to three years, and how is it positioning itself to take advantage of them? What is the most imaginative thing that chambers has done in the past 18 months? (NB While WFH and virtual hearings have been a theme of 2020-21 we advise you not to spend too much time talking about that, since those challenges are common to every chambers.)

We’ll be turning the answers to all of these questions – supplemented with interviews with key members of the chambers – into a highly readable narrative and case study of technical brilliance, strategic nous and client relationship management which the chambers will be able to use in its own marketing.

We’ll want to speak to the chamber’s director / senior clerk, of course, but we also want to speak to the head of chambers, a silk or a junior.

TLA is going to spearhead a wide programme of talent recognition by TL – leading figures from the shortlisted sets will be invited to a virtual chat with the editors about career opportunities at the Bar or within management of the Bar, and the advice they would give to anyone wanting to make a career in the sector.