News and press releases

  • 12 July 2012 - Update for the profession: members of the Bar are encouraged to respond to the fourth and final consultation on the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA), which opens today.

  • 9 July 2012 - As the House of Lords prepares for the Report Stage of the Justice and Security Bill, the Chairman of the Bar Council, Michael Todd QC, has condemned the Government’s planned extensions to the use of Closed Material Proceedings (CMPs), endorsing the arguments of Liberty, Reprieve and the Special Advocates who participate in these proceedings.

  • 9 July 2012 - The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, will this week host the sixth annual Bar Placement Scheme in conjunction with the Social Mobility Foundation. The scheme enables talented state school students to spend a week undertaking work experience with barristers’ chambers and attending talks, workshops and a reception hosted by the Chairman of the Bar, Michael Todd QC, and the Chair of the Bar Council’s Social Mobility Committee, Taryn Lee QC.

  • 2 July 2012 - Nominations open today for the legal category of Women in the City’s Women of Achievements Awards, this year endorsed by the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales. Exceptional legal candidates are invited to enter before 20 September 2012.

  • 29 June 2012 - The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, in partnership with Inner Temple, will from today host the annual World Bar Conference in London, which will see 350 delegates from numerous jurisdictions descend on the city to discuss topics around the theme “Advocacy past, present and future: constant values for a modern Bar.”

  • 28 June 2012 - Update for the profession: the Treasury Solicitor’s Department invites expressions of interest from junior barristers wishing to represent the Secretary of State for the Home Department at appeal hearings in the Greater London area, before the Immigration and Asylum Chamber of the First Tier Tribunal in the place of Home Office Presenting Officers. Appointed counsel are likely to receive instructions over a period of three months.

  • 20 June 2012 - The Bar Council has responded to the Welsh Government’s consultation on whether there should be a separate legal jurisdiction for Wales.

  • 19 June 2012 - Update for the profession: Due to administrative issues, the Bar Council is working through a large back-log of public access registration forms.