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It is an exciting time for the commercial Bar in the UK as it continues to adapt and modernise to the fast-moving and constantly changing international and domestic legal landscape. In recognition of these changes, the increased demand of solicitors and corporate counsel for more information on the Bar’s leading individuals, and as a result of the greater number of barristers recognised in our research, Who’s Who Legal has put together an overview of our current findings on the UK Bar. We currently single out 225 barristers in our research across 21 practice areas of law and we expect this number to continue growing.

Solicitors Roundtable on the UK Bar

Who’s Who Legal has bought together four prominent London-based solicitors to discuss what they look for when choosing counsel and recent developments at the UK Bar. David Perkins of JAMS International, Christopher Foster of Herbert Smith Freehills, William Christopher of Pinsent Masons and John Olsen of Edwards Wildman Palmer talk about the key qualities they look for in a barrister, how they decide who to instruct, the importance of the reputation of chambers and the individual and the impact of direct public access and solicitor-advocates on the legal market.

A Quiet Revolution?

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Tom Mitcheson QC of 3 New Square looks at the way that the courts in London have adapted to deal with intellectual property disputes in recent years: "Whilst recent changes in the English courts may be more accurately characterised as evolutionary rather than revolutionary, together they point to a system and profession which has adapted to the needs of domestic and international litigants alike, and which will continue to do so to meet the challenges which lie ahead."

International Trust Litigation: Choosing Your Battleground?

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David Brownbill QC and Edward Cumming of XXIV Old Buildings explore jurisdiction clauses and their impact on international trust litigation: "A multiplicity of parties and places inevitably implies a multiplicity of potential forums in which the litigation may take place. A question frequently being asked is whether the choice of forum can in any way be controlled by express provision in the trust instrument."

Clerks' Discussion

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In this discussion Sally Wollaston, business development manager at XXIV Old Buildings, and Nick Hill, senior clerk at Three New Square, talk about the structure of their sets, modernisation and increased competition at the Bar, the future for chambers in the changing legal market and how they maintain their set’s leading positions in the market.

The UK Tax Bar: Trends and Changes

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Philip Baker QC of Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers takes an in-depth look at trends and changes at the UK Tax Bar over the past few years: "The tax system has become ever more complex, more difficult to track in its rapidly meandering changes and, hence, more difficult to advise on. Older colleagues wistfully look back to days when they might have two or three conferences each day, many of the conferences asking one or two very basic questions."

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