Marc Beaumont FCIArb. enjoys a high profile within the profession. He set up his own Chambers at the relatively young age of 28 and, as Head of Chambers, developed and administered a growing, successful common law set of Chambers for 13 years. He set up Windsor Chambers in 2004 in order to position himself more directly to exploit the landmark reforms that led to the Bar Public Access scheme.
Marc has been active in Bar politics, serving as an elected member of the Bar Council over a period of 12 years. He has served on many of the Bar Council’s main Committees and working parties. In the best traditions of the Bar, Marc was a powerful “back-bench” speaker at Bar Council meetings, always speaking up for the rank-and-file colleagues who elected him and often ignoring the risk of personal unpopularity if a point had to be made forcefully to the Bar leadership.
It is no exaggeration that Marc Beaumont has been personally responsible for a remarkable number of changes in a profession known for its traditional attitudes and opposition to reform. Most notably, he single-handedly conceived, advocated and later helped to implement the ground-breaking scheme of direct public access to the Bar. In May 2007, he founded the Public Access Bar Association and still serves as its inaugural Chairman. He was also the architect of BCAS, the disciplinary and advisory service for Barristers. He then developed BCAS still further, by advocating to the Bar Council that Barrister professional indemnity insurance should extend to disciplinary matters, a model which was in due course taken up by Bar Mutual in 2007. It was Marc Beaumont who alone advocated that the Bar Public Access scheme be further expanded to allow Barristers to conduct correspondence (something the English Bar had never done before), yet another successful campaign. And Marc also lobbied successfully for the Bar Public Access scheme to be expanded to the criminal, family and immigration Bar. At first, his ideas met with opposition. Yet all are now permanent features of the English Bar.
Marc has served on the Committees of the South Eastern Circuit and the London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association. Marc has published learned articles and given lectures in all his areas of practice.