Keating Chambers has announced that its barrister, Samuel Townend QC, has been appointed as co-chair of the Bar Council’s Legal Services committee for 2022.
The Legal Services committee leads on “some of the most high-profile, far-reaching and occasionally controversial” policy issues addressing barristers’ work and the operation of the courts.
This includes the response to the Covid pandemic, remote hearings, the court backlogs, the correct handling of vulnerable parties, scheduling and listing, insurance, and other legal practice matters.
Townend will lead the committee’s work in these areas, sit on the executive committee of the Bar Council, and represent the bar’s interests in these areas in relation to government and parliament, media, and others.
Townend said: “This is a really exciting opportunity in what has been a difficult time for the courts and the bar. The challenges the justice system faces, including chronic under-funding, are something that I hope I can play a small part towards tackling.”