News and press releases

  • 27 February 2013 - A survey conducted by the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has found nearly half the profession (42.4%), across all practice areas, regularly carry out voluntary legal pro bono work, in addition to paid work. It also found that 36.6% of the Bar regularly volunteer for non-legal charitable organisations.

  • 26 February 2013 - Many members of the Bar undertake public duties as Recorders, or as part-time Judges sitting in a wide range of jurisdictions. They are almost always fee-paid rather than salaried. Over many years, they have been treated differently for pensions purposes than salaried judges who undertake identical work.

  • 25 February 2013 - The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, along with the Criminal Bar Association and Circuit Leaders have today published evidence that the Crown Prosecution Service (‘CPS’) has adopted deliberate practices not to instruct the correct advocate for a given case if there is a financial interest to the CPS in keeping the work in-house.

  • 22 February 2013 - Update for the profession; The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has called on the Ministry of Justice to correct a number of deficiencies in the Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA) Order and Damages-based Agreements (DBA) Regulations.

  • 11 February 2013 - The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has responded to calls in the House of Commons this afternoon, from the Home Secretary, the Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP, to look carefully at any lessons which can be learned from the Brewer case.

  • 29 January 2013 - The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has welcomed the Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) proposed changes to Public Access training, which look to ‘enhance the course content and introduce an element of formal assessment' to ensure barristers have the requisite knowledge and skills to carry out public access work.

  • 23 January 2013 - The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has welcomed the 5:2 majority ruling of the Supreme Court against extending legal professional privilege (LPP) to non-lawyers, following a case put forward by financial services group, Prudential, requesting that LPP be extended to protect advice given by accountants.

  • 16 January 2013 - The Bar Council and the Law Society are seeking to recruit a new Head of Secretariat for Queen’s Counsel Appointments (QCA) on the retirement of the current post holder. This is a unique opportunity for someone who wishes to play a leading part in senior appointments in the legal profession, supporting the work of the Queen’s Counsel Selection Panel which makes recommendations to the Lord Chancellor and the Queen.