Bristol Distinguished Address: Andrew Langdon QC, Barrister, Guildhall Chambers

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Date: 28 February 2018
Venue: Bristol Business School building, Frenchay Campus
Time: Reception: 18:00 Lecture: 18:30 Networking: 19:30

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The Bar: independent advocacy operating in the Public Interest

Andrew Langdon QC (@westcrct), Barrister, Guildhall Chambers will deliver a lecture as part of the Bristol Distinguished Address Series entitled 'The Bar: independent advocacy operating in the Public Interest.'

In his talk, Andrew will be giving an overview of the origins of the Bar, where he will cover the development of the 'split profession', and provide an assessment of the current state of the Bar.

Aspiring barristers are faced with various barriers such as escalating costs; Andrew will talk about the effect this has on diversity and the importance of improving social mobility at the Bar.

He will also discuss the relationship with the Judiciary and Government including Government cuts to Legal Aid and the effect this has on the justice system, as well as the importance of independent advocacy.

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  • 18:00 - Registration and refreshments
  • 18:30 - Lecture
  • 19:30 - Networking


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This lecture is in partnership with the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and we will be holding 150 spaces for BPTC students. Spaces are available for members of the public however will be limited and on a first come first serve basis.


Andrew (@westcrct) was called to the Bar in 1986 and took silk, becoming Queen's Council, in 2006. He practices from Guildhall Chambers, Bristol.

Andrew prosecutes and defends serious mainstream crime - gun crime, homicide, fraud, corruption. He defended Shauna Hoare in the trial concerning the murder of Bristol teenager Becky Watts.

He also prosecutes and defends Regulatory Crime, in particular in relation to corporate responsibility for Health and Safety in the work place. He prosecuted the oil companies in the Buncefield explosion.

Andrew was appointed to sit as a Recorder in the Crown Court in 2002. He is a bencher of Middle Temple.

He was Leader of the Western Circuit from 2013-2015. He was elected Vice Chair of the Bar in 2016 and became Chairman in 2017.

A passionate believer in trial by jury, Andrew regards appearing as a barrister in the criminal courts of England and Wales 'an immense privilege that brings with it a heavy responsibility. The only recipe is hard work.'

About the Bristol Distinguished Address Series

The Bristol Distinguished Address Series provides a unique opportunity to hear about the challenges, issues and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership.

The series is delivered by the Bristol Business School in partnership with ACCA, Bristol City Council, Bristol Junior Chamber, Bristol Law Society, Bristol Post, Business West, CBI, CIPD, CMI, FSB, IoD, ICAEW and the West of England Combined Authority.


We will aim to make all addresses available as a podcast one week after the lecture, subject to approval of the speaker and no technical difficulties with the recording. Podcasts can be viewed on our previous address archive.

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Cost: Free
Contact: Strategic Communications and Engagement
Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 84517

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