News and press releases

  • 27 September 2012 - The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, will this evening, at the Rolls Building, launch a unique new service. ‘BARCO’ provides a straightforward, easily accessible, client-focused facility, whilst maintaining the Bar's high quality and cost effective services.

  • 25 September 2012 - Update for the profession: the annual Young Bar Conference, which takes place this year on Saturday 6 October, is the focal point of the young Bar calendar.

  • 21 September 2012 - The Chairman of the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, will address social mobility in the legal profession and the value of the law as an export industry during the forthcoming Liberal Democrat Party Conference in Brighton.

  • 17 September 2012 - Update for the profession: criminal practitioners will be aware that the current published guidance from the Legal Services Commission states that no graduated fee payment can be made where there is an unexecuted bench warrant. However, the decision in R v Metcalf (Senior Courts Costs Office, 26 March 2010) found that under s 9(2) of the Criminal Defence Service (Funding) Order 2007 (as amended), advocates are entitled to claim payments for standard appearances where an unexecuted bench warrant persists.

  • 15 September 2012 - The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has published its first ever Annual Report at its Annual General Meeting, focusing solely on its representational activities. Representing the Bar reports the Bar Council's performance against its three-year Strategic and Business Plan, which the Bar Council approved last year.

  • 11 September 2012 - Update for the profession: on 27 September from 15:00 to 15:30, the Bar Council will be holding its first ever live online communication session on Twitter. The Chairman of the Bar, Michael Todd QC, will personally answer any concerns, questions and thoughts about the profession which are tweeted to @TheBarCouncil.

  • 6 September 2012 - Update for the profession: the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Bar Council of England and Wales will be held at 10.30 on Saturday 15 September 2012.

  • 4 September 2012 - Update for the profession: Further to the 22 August 2012 news update regarding the annual elections for the 2013 Bar Council, the election timetable and nomination forms are now available to view and download.