News and press releases

  • 28 October 2014 - The Annual Bar Conference, set to be held this year on Saturday 8 November at the Westminster Park Plaza, will be one of the most highly anticipated in the conference’s 28 year history.

  • 24 October 2014 - The recently-concluded process of electing members to the 2015 Bar Council failed to yield sufficient candidates in the categories of (a) self-employed Queen’s Counsel and (b) employed Juniors under 7 years’ call; there is one vacancy in each of these categories.

  • 23 October 2014 - The results of the election for the 2014 Bar Council have now been announced.

  • 23 October 2014 - The Legal Services Board has launched an online survey to look into the cost of regulation, and how regulation impacts lawyers, law firms and the profession.

  • 21 October 2014 - The Bar Council has launched a survey to assess health and wellbeing at the Bar, and to identify risk factors which may impact on a barrister’s performance.

  • 20 October 2014 - The Sunday Times published a joint letter from the Bar Council, Law Society and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives on Sunday 19 October 2014 warning of risks with government plans to change judicial review

  • 20 October 2014 - The Bar Council, the Law Society and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) have today called for Peers to urgently amend Part 4 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill in the House of Lords this week, claiming it is an attack on judicial review, the legal process used to hold government to account for acting unlawfully.

  • 19 October 2014 - This letter appeared in The Sunday Times and was written jointly by Chairman of the Bar Council Nicholas Lavender QC, President of the Law Society Andrew Caplen, and President of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives Frances Edwards. Its purpose is to persuade Peers to accept amendments to Part 4 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill tabled by Lord Pannick, Lord Woolf, Lord Carlile and Lord Beecham in order to retain judicial discretion and reduce restrictions imposed, by the Bill, on judicial review.