To be asked to chair this year’s IBC Annual Conference is an absolute honour and very timely as it coincides with celebrating my 25th year as a Barristers Clerk.
I started clerking back in 1993 with a paper diary and rolodex and for the 9 years I spent clerking in London I cut my teeth in criminal, common law, chancery and tax sets gaining experience in a range of practice areas, in a variety of chambers and learning the ‘art’ of clerking under a number of Senior Clerks who have all contributed in shaping the clerk I am today.
When the opportunity arose in 2003, this breadth of experience put me in good stead to take over as the Senior Clerk at 1 Crown Office Row, Brighton and one of many highlights in my career came when the team at 1 Crown Office Row, were recognised as Clerking Team of the Year at the Family Law Awards 2016.
So on to this year’s conference – ‘Transforming the Profession’. I hope you’ll agree the workshop line-up and range of speakers for 2018 is fantastic and I would like to thank them wholeheartedly for giving up their time to come and impart their knowledge.
Our guest speaker, Mr Andrew Pack, is a local authority lawyer, the very popular legal blogger suesspiciousminds who earlier this year used his blog to write very candidly about his experience of depression. In addition, Andrew has recently published his fantastic debut novel, called In Secure.
Tackling mental health and wellbeing have long been issues at the forefront of the IBC’s agenda so it’s no coincidence that the topics chosen for this years workshops are aimed to build confidence and explore the unique stresses of working as a Barristers Clerk within this ‘Transforming Profession’.
The itinerary includes workshops on fee negotiation, the art of social media, the life of civil and criminal cases and successful networking with a wider context of the importance of wellbeing and mental health.
I am very much looking forward to hearing what Lucy Barbet has to say on COCo – Clerks in Open Conversation. It very much goes hand in hand with what I want everyone to gain from this year’s conference, which is a sense of inclusion.
I hope you will all find this year’s conference both educational and fun and I would invite you all to stay around for drinks afterwards. The committee makes a huge effort in organising this conference and we would love the opportunity to relax and unwind with as many of you as possible, after the sessions.
Book early to get the maximum discounts available and If you are planning to stay the night before, or to make a weekend of it here in beautiful Brighton, then please book a room at The Hilton Metropole, Brighton as soon as possible.
As already said, it truly is an honour to chair this year’s conference and I look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.
1 Crown Office Row, Brighton
Early bird discount of 10% if you buy your tickets before 14th September 2018