News and press releases

  • 7 June 2013 - The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, will welcome Chinese lawyers to the UK for the second round of the Bar Council China Training Scheme (BCCTS), from 10 June – 19 July 2013.

  • 5 June 2013 - The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has today stated that it has no plans to develop a quality system to facilitate price competitive tendering (PCT) for criminal legal aid. The Bar Council believes that real quality is based on choice of service providers, not price alone, on which the Government’s model is based.

  • 4 June 2013 - The Bar Council responds to the legal aid consultation, warning planned reforms are: "A legacy of which no Government should be proud". The response, which runs to over 150 pages, incorporates expert economic and statistical analysis, which forensically examines the Government’s proposals, highlighting major flaws.

  • 29 May 2013 - The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, is hosting a 'Legal Aid Question Time' debate in Westminster, on the evening of Tuesday 18 June, to give a range of interested individuals and groups the chance to have their say on the proposed legal aid changes.

  • 24 May 2013 - Alistair MacDonald QC has been named the Vice Chairman-Elect of the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, following a contested election. He will take up the post of Vice-Chairman on 1 January 2014.

  • 21 May 2013 - Update to the profession: The deadline for consultation responses is fast approaching. Our arguments are gaining traction and there are plenty of things we can all do to help advance them further. Today, we are releasing research that shows that a large majority of the public believes that our legal aid system is good value for money and they're worried that vulnerable people will suffer the most from cuts.

  • 21 May 2013 - A ComRes poll, commissioned by the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, today shows that seven out of ten (71%) of the British public are concerned that cuts to legal aid could lead to innocent people being convicted of crimes they did not commit. The poll, published this morning, also shows that two-thirds (67%) of the British public agree that legal aid is a price worth paying for living in a fair society.

  • 15 May 2013 - The Bar Council and the Bar Standards Board are carrying out the second biennial survey of the Bar, the results of which will inform strategic planning and provide information on the working lives of barristers.