News and press releases

  • 10 November 2012 - Alison Gurden of 1 Gray’s Inn Square has won the 16th annual Sydney Elland Goldsmith Bar Pro Bono Award, which will be presented by the Chairman of the Bar at the Annual Bar Conference today (Saturday 10 November).

  • 10 November 2012 - The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, today announces the winners of this year’s Legal Reporting Awards. Danny Shaw, Home Affairs News Correspondent for BBC News, and Owen Bowcott, jointly with Maya Wolfe-Robinson, both Legal Affairs reporters for The Guardian, are the winners of this year’s broadcast and written categories respectively. They will be presented with their awards by the Attorney General, Dominic Grieve QC MP, at the Annual Bar Conference today (Saturday 10 November).

  • 31 October 2012 - The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, will today host its second Disability Conference, enabling delegates to address issues affecting disabled practitioners, reasonable adjustments to assist them to stay in practice, and how best to manage sensitively colleagues and other individuals with mental health problems, both in chambers and in the courtroom.

  • 30 October 2012 - Update for the profession: the Bar Council has launched a consultation for the profession on the practising certificate fee (PCF).

  • 26 October 2012 - Update for the profession: the results of the election for the 2013 Bar Council have now been announced.

  • 19 October 2012 - Update for the profession: Liberty has set up a petition against the Government's plans, contained within the Justice and Security Bill, to extend the use of Closed Material Procedures (CMPs) to ordinary civil cases.

  • 17 October 2012 - Update to the profession: the new Contractual Terms and applicable Code of Conduct changes will be introduced on 31 January 2013.

  • 15 October 2012 - Update for the profession: With the support and advice of Nick Green QC (former Chairman of the Bar Council), the Bar Council, in conjunction with the London Boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark, has developed a template for contracts/agreements which may be used by sets of chambers, individual groups of barristers or ProcureCos when contracting with local authorities, and other public bodies generally to carry out legal advocacy and advice services.