BCO26: BAR ORGANISATION RECORDS, 1969 - 1986

BCO26: BAR ORGANISATION RECORDS, 1969 - 1986
Extent and form : 1 file, 1 booklet and four documents

Administrative history: until the 1960s there was relatively little formal collaboration between the Bar’s institutions. The first joint organisation was The Inns of Court Executive Council formed in 1962 (see BCO/17 and BCO/28/20). It was replaced by the Senate of the Four Inns of Court in 1966, which also involved the Bar Council. To further consideration of how a stronger central organisation could be developed the Senate set up a committee under Lord Pearce. The Pearce Committee issued an Interim Report in 1971, the responses to which led the Committee to amend its proposals in the Second Interim Report of 1973. These proposals became the basis on which the Senate of the Inns of Court and the Bar was constituted. The Senate functioned for just over a decade before recognised weaknesses introduced by the amended Pearce proposals and changing external circumstances led to the setting up of a committee under Lord Rawlinson PC QC to consider the Senate’s constitution. The Report of the Committee on the Constitution of the Senate, April 1986 resulted in two organisations replacing the Senate from January 1987; the Bar Council and the Council of the Inns of Court.

Scope and content: this is a compiled series bringing together records relating to the organisation of the Bar that were not identifiably part of any other series. The documents in BCO/26/01 were originally together in a plastic folder, from which they have been removed. However, although a compiled file, it consists of significant documents relating to the Pearce Committee’s work, so they have been catalogued individually.

Arrangement: the documents have been arranged chronologically.

Related material: see BCO/28 and BCO/33.

Item list:

Reference Title Dates Extent Scope and Contents
BCO/26/01 Bar Organisation, including Pearce 1969 – 1975 1 file Contains a) Finance and the Bar: Memorandum by Herbert Monroe QC, 1969; b) Organisation and Finance of the Bar Memorandum by the Executive Committee, December 1970; c) Extraordinary General Meeting of the Bar Agenda, 10 April 1972; d) First Interim Report of the Pearce Committee to the Senate of the Four Inns of Court on the Organisation of Our Profession, May 1972; e) Second Interim Report of the Pearce Committee to the Senate of the Four Inns of Court – Amended Scheme for the Organisation of Our Profession, 18 May 1973; f) The General Council of the Inns of Court and the Bar: Administrative Action to Set It Up – Memorandum by WW Boulton, 30 August 1973; g) Report of the Working Party on the Establishment of the General Council of the Inns and of the Bar 13 December 1973; h) Extraordinary General Meeting of the Bar Agenda, 3 June 1974; i) Note: Pearce No.2 – “suggested understandings”, undated; j) Election of Hall Representatives Bye-Laws, undated; k) Election of Bar Representatives Bye-Laws, undated; l) The Senate of the Inns of Court and the Bar Bye-Laws, undated draft; m) The Senate of the Inns of Court and the Bar Regulations, October 1974 (includes the amendments made on 29 July and 30 September 1974; n) Bar Council Bye-Laws, 4 December 1975.
BCO/26/02 First Interim Report of the Pearce Committee to the Senate of the Four Inns of Court on the Organisation of Our Profession, May 1972 1972 1 document Printers proof.
BCO/26/03 Report of the Working Party on the Establishment of the General Council of the Inns and of the Bar, December 1973 1973 1 document  
BCO/26/04   1974 1 document

Draft Regulations.

One page is a separate sheet of paper from the remainder of the document – it is possible to see it contains regulations 13-16, which are missing from the main document, but they are very faintly printed and in reverse.
BCO/26/05   1974 1 document Agenda paper and annexes.
BCO/26/06   1986 1 document  
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