The Bar Representation Committee plays a prominent part in the affairs of the Inn. Elections are held each year for the Committee, which currently has thirty-one members (twenty-four elected, seven co-opted).
1. Rules of the Bar Representation Committee To APPROVE the amendment of the Rules of the Bar Representation Committee by substituting the draft Rules at Annex 1 (click here for full view) for the current rules in their entirety.
W Morgan, Member Services Manager, 20 June 2017 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Introductory Note from the Chair of the Bar Representation Committee
A. The revisions to our Rules have been drafted with the intention of modernising them and in order to make them (and the Bar Representation Committee (“BRC”)) work better for Members of Hall.
B. The principal changes from the current rules are as follows:
i. Confirming that Committee Meetings are generally open to members of Hall.
ii. Introduction of single transferable voting for elections.
iii. In deciding whom to co-opt, the Committee would be required to have regard to desirability of having a Committee membership that reflects to a reasonable extent the diversity of identities and interests of Members of Hall.
iv. Confirming that the President and the Vice President of the Junior Members Association may attend Committee Meetings (even if they have not yet been Called).
v. The Committee would gain the right to terminate the membership of any member (including the Chair or Vice Chair) if that member brings the Committee or the Inn into disrepute (to be decided on a 75% vote of at least 75% of the Committee).
vi. Tidying up (and tightening) the provision for termination of Committee membership upon failure to participate in three meetings without reasonable excuse.
vii. The Committee would gain the right to approve any nomination for Vice Chair.
viii. Tidying up of decision making procedures (e.g., to provide that the Vice Chair(s) may act in the absence of the Chair).
C. The current Rules may be viewed on the Inn’s website (BRC Rules).
The proposed changes were approved by the Bar Representation Committee at its meeting on 14 June 2017
Members of the Committee sit on most of the Inn’s Bench Committees and thereby play an active role in the management of the Inn; having an input into Inn’s responses to Bar Council proposals and a say in strategic issues such as the management of the Inn’s property, finances and investment, as well as education, admissions and scholarships.
The Committee meets monthly during term to discuss issues which have arisen and to represent the views of the Bar to the Bench on matters which affect them. The representation of the Bar in the running of the Inn’s affairs is an important aspect of the Inn’s influence over the running of the Bar generally. Newly-elected members serve for between one and four years the Chairman for two years, and co-opted members between one and two years from election.
Any member of Hall is permitted to attend the open section of a Committee meeting. For 2017 Committee dates click here. 'To attend' means to observe, e.g. there is no right to participate and you may be asked to leave at any time.