To be held at the Great Hall, Lincoln's Inn on 10 Jane 2000 at 10.30 am
1. Chairman's Address
To receive a report from Jonathan Hirst QC
2. Treasurer's Report
To receive a report from Douglas Day QC.
To note the Bar Council's Accounts for 1999.
3. Chief Executive's Report
To receive a report from Niall Morison
4. Constitutional Amendment
In accordance with the requirements of para 30(c) of the Constitution of the General Council of the Bar, the meeting is invited to note the alteration of the Constitution agreed since the last Annual General Meeting and circulated with the notification of this meeting.
5.1 This AGM recognises that many barristers who want to become barristers in independent practice are unable to do so because the demand for pupillages outstrips the supply of pupillages.
To promote equality of opportunity at the Bar this meeting calls on the Bar Council to develop a strategy for expanding both the number of pupillages, and the number of alternatives to pupillage, so that all barristers can have access to a total of 12 months vocational training to equip them to engage in independent practice.
Proposed by: John Morgan
Seconded by: Bob Taylor
5.2 This AGM urges the Bar Council to consider removing paragraph 301 (d) from the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales so that a barrister fulfilling the conditions set out in paragraph 301 (a)-(c) has the option to practice as a sole practitioner.
Proposed by: Gary Morton
Seconded by: John Morgan
5.3 This Annual General Meeting asks the Bar Council, in fulfillment of the Motion passed at the 1999 AGM, to report at its earliest convenience on what actions have been taken, and what progress has been achieved, on the issue of how the Bar has, and should, deal with age discrimination in selection for pupillages and tenancies.
Proposed by: Andrew Dickie
Seconded by: Safira Afzal
5.4 This Annual General Meeting applauds the ratification of the Sixth Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights and with it the abolition, once and for all, of the death penalty in the United Kingdom. This meeting further calls upon the Bar of England and Wales to work towards the abolition of capital punishment everywhere.
Proposed by: Owen Davies QC
Seconded by: Rajiv Menon