Westwater Advocates congratulates Antonia Welsh on her Presidency of the Faculty’s new Junior Bar Association. This much-needed new venture aims to support advocates called for five years or less. As Antonia explains, the impact of Covid-19 on the legal profession is among the main drivers for the launch of the Association. With the Faculty’s mission of promoting access to justice, it has never been more important to ensure a healthy, happy, high-functioning bar, given the extra pressures imposed by Covid-19. Faculty has always, quite rightly, been proud of its collegiate working environment, but easy, daily access to other advocates has been seriously curtailed by social distancing restrictions and the shift to working remotely. Although the entire Scottish bar has been affected, the biggest impact has been felt by junior members.
The Faculty already takes the wellbeing of members seriously, has policies and procedures in place to support anyone requiring assistance, and is planning to implement even more robust support. The new association will provide an additional platform specifically tailored to the needs of junior members. It will include representation from the devils – aspiring advocates participating in Faculty training required before admission to the bar.
The Secretary to the new Association is Westwater’s Amy Donachie and Emily Bradbury, also of Westwater, is on the founding committee.
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