News and press releases

  • 4 March 2015 - A new report from TheCityUK shows a significant increase in the legal sector’s contribution to the UK economy in 2013, rising 9.4% year-on-year in 2013 to £22.6bn, or 1.6% of GDP, as well as leading the way as the most international market for legal services.

  • 3 March 2015 - Reducing the financial risk of training for the Bar is key to bringing greater diversity to the profession, according to the Bar Council which today responded to plans designed to overhaul barrister training and relax rules on colleges and Chambers.

  • 2 March 2015 - People lacking mental capacity and their families should not be forced to pay enhanced court fees in the Court of Protection, the Bar Council has warned the Government in response to its Part 2 consultation on 'enhanced' court fees.

  • 23 February 2015 - The Ministry of Justice’s decision to reinstate funding for DNA tests that determine parentage in family court cases was the right thing to do, says the Bar Council after Justice Minister Simon Hughes announced funds for between £500,000 and £1m a year to pay for tests.

  • 19 February 2015 - The Government yesterday admitted that security service eavesdropping on conversations between lawyers and clients breaches our right to privacy and is unlawful, but this should come as no surprise, according to the Bar Council.

  • 18 February 2015 - The Bar will have the chance to flex its global muscles at the Global Law Summit (GLS) in London next week with 29 chambers taking part in the event, which will see legal chiefs and business leaders from across the world link up.