Press releases

  • 9 December 2014 - Legal chiefs and academics today demanded new laws to stop police and security services from spying on meetings between lawyers and their clients. The Bar Council and the Law Society have for years argued that codes to protect legal professional privilege from state surveillance and acquisition of communications data are weak and ineffectual. Today, together with the Faculty of Advocates, they issued a declaration to pursue the goal of tougher legislation.

  • 13 November 2014 - This document was produced in November 2014 to explain the background as to how legal professional privilege has been threatened by RIPA and DRIPA legislation, and to provide background briefing on the Bar Council's responses and actions.

  • 13 November 2014 - The Bar Council's response to the media attention on the MI5, MI6 and GCHQ policies towards information covered by Legal Professional Privilege, revealed during the Investigative Powers Tribunal relating to the Belhadj families.

  • 2 February 2012 - Following a report published today by Her Majesty‚Äôs Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) on the use of undercover police officers, the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has urged the Government to protect the fundamental right of citizens to hold private conversations with their lawyers.