Courting the future: Change for barristers

Courting the future: Change for barristers
David Barniville, chair of the Bar Council Picture: Bryan Meade

In this, the first in a series of in-depth looks at key areas of Irish life, Francesca Comyn assesses what lies ahead for the legal profession

Barrister David Barniville has just been re-elected as chair of the Bar Council for a second year. He is keen to see the Legal Services Regulation Bill passed after four years of hanging around.

In his view, the bill was “fairly rushed” when first published in a “big fanfare” back in 2011, because the troika were in town. But the bill ended up being a slow-burner, as other issues such as personal insolvency took legislative...

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