News and press releases

  • 8 July 2013 - The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, today launches the sixth, and largest, Social Mobility Foundation Bar Placement Week in London, and is set to launch the first ever regional Placement Week in Birmingham on Monday 15 July, in partnership with Aim Higher West Midlands.

  • 4 July 2013 - Maura McGowan QC, Chairman of the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has congratulated David Nicholls, the Immediate Past Chairman of the Young Barristers’ Committee, on his election as the new President of the European Young Bar Association (EYBA).

  • 3 July 2013 - Nominations have now opened for the legal category of Women in the City’s ‘Women of Achievements Awards’, endorsed again this year by the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales.

  • 2 July 2013 - The Bar Council along with the Criminal Bar Association, at the invitation of the Law Society, has been involved in continuous discussions about the Ministry of Justice’s Transforming Legal Aid consultation, which included the London Criminal Court Solicitors Association, the Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates, the Criminal Law Solicitors Association, the Legal Aid Practitioners Group, the Society of Asian Lawyers and representatives of a number of large solicitors’ firms.

  • 1 July 2013 - The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has welcomed the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling MP’s recognition that choice of lawyer should be preserved in criminal legal aid. The departure from the Government’s original proposal comes in a letter from the Lord Chancellor to Sir Alan Beith MP, the Chairman of the Justice Select Committee, before which the Lord Chancellor is due to give evidence on Wednesday (3 July).

  • 1 July 2013 - The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, encourages the creation and implementation of a ‘required training programme’ for all advocates dealing with vulnerable witnesses. This follows the All Party Parliamentary Group for Victims and Witnesses of Crime on Tuesday 25 June, where Javed Khan, Chief Executive, Victim Support, called for a formal system to be put in place to ensure that vulnerable victims are fully protected throughout the cross examination process.

  • 1 July 2013 - Over the past few days we have been contacted by a number of barristers, solicitors and other respondents to the MoJ's Transforming Legal Aid consultation who have received emails from the MoJ saying that the emails containing their responses have been deleted unread. The Chairman of the Bar has spoken with senior officials at the MoJ this morning to raise our concerns directly.

  • 25 June 2013 - The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has responded to the Legal Education and Training Review (LETR), which was published today.