Hatcher joins Bar Council as legal reforms loom

The Bar Council has recruited former PricewaterhouseCoopers head of global public affairs Mark Hatcher to the new role of director of representation and policy.

He joins the organisation, which represents the interests of barristers, on 11 September and will report to CEO David Hobart.

Hatcher's appointment follows May's publication of the draft Legal Services Bill and comes amid a review of the organisation's public affairs and PR account (PRWeek, 23 June), in which he will play a significant role. Weber Shandwick chairman of PA Jon McLeod has managed the account for more than ten years.

The draft bill aims to revolutionise legal services in the UK. It proposes to set up a Legal Services Board to regulate the profession. More controversially, the bill could pave the way for consumer brands to enter the legal services market. A joint Select Committee report on the bill in July expressed concern that ‘public interest' - traditionally the legal profession's driving force - was being replaced with ‘consumer interest'.

A qualified barrister, Hatcher said his role was ‘designed to ensure that the ­interests of the Bar and employed barristers are properly represented to ­government, parliament and European institutions'.

Hatcher quit PwC in 2004 after 15 years with the ­management consultancy to join financial agency Cubitt Consulting as head of public affairs. He left Cubitt at the end of last year but has continued to work with Cubitt clients as well as his own.

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