2016

  • 15 March 2016 - Members of Parliament will today have the opportunity to debate the Investigatory Powers Bill in the House for the first time. The Bar Council explains where the Bill has gone wrong and looks forward to working with members on all sides of the House at committee stage to put in place proper protections for the right of citizens to consult with their lawyer in confidence.

  • 2 March 2016 - Peter Carter QC, Chair of the Bar Council Surveillance and Privacy Working Group said:“The Government claims to have responded to the Joint Committee’s recommendation that protections for legal privilege should appear on the face of the Bill and meet the standards required by common law and Convention case law. In fact, they have done the opposite.

  • 2 March 2016 - Despite claims that new surveillance laws will contain ‘protections for lawyers’, today’s Investigatory Powers Bill will allow authorities total access to confidential, legally privileged communications between individuals and their lawyers, even when someone is in a legal dispute with the Government or defending themselves against prosecution.

  • 26 February 2016 - US authorities could access legally privileged information held by barristers in England and Wales, the Bar Council has warned its members. Guidance issued to all barristers in England and Wales, explains that the Patriot Act and other surveillance laws could allow US authorities to access confidential, legally privileged data held in the cloud and on external back up services which use computers owned by US corporations.