Standard letter sent to Chief Executives of all English & Welsh local authorities
Date : January 1999
Bar Association Membership
By way of a brief introduction, the Bar Association for Local Government and the Public Service is a direct successor of the Society of Local Government Barristers, which had been in existence since about 1945, and of the Bar Association for Local Government, which had been formed in 1977.
Membership is open to all barristers employed in Local Government and the Public Sector. Full membership is only £12.00 per annum & Associate / Retired membership is only £6.00 per annum. I shall be obliged, therefore, if you would refer this letter to any barristers employed in your Council so that they can contact me for further details on membership.
If you have no employed barristers, I shall be most obliged if you would ensure that there are no discriminatory practices in your Council (including advertisements) that would discourage or prevent potential barristers from becoming your employees. There are, for example, no valid legal reasons why barristers should not be appointed to 'solicitor' positions.
Should you require any further information on the work of the Association or wish to seek clarification on the position of barristers employed in local government, please do not hesitate to contact me. Information is also available from our website at www.balgps.freeserve.co.uk. Nine short articles (consisting of 30 pages) on the Implications of the Human Rights Act 1998 for Local Government are also available from me.