News and press releases

  • 1 August 2012 - The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, is continuing to strengthen its ties with the US market as it attends the American Bar Association's (ABA) Annual Meeting in Chicago. A delegation of barristers, led by the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Bar, will seek to build on relationships which were forged during the Bar Council's trip to New York in April this year.

  • 30 July 2012 - Update for the profession: During the Olympic period the Ethical Enquiries Helpline will operate its normal hours: 09.15 - 17.15. However, due to potential difficulties with transport in, it may not be possible for all staff to attend the office. In order to keep the telephone line open for urgent enquiries, we would request that you email all non-urgent ethical enquiries.

  • 27 July 2012 - Update for the profession: Information on preparing for the on-line processing of family and civil legal aid claims and the actions required from all chambers that undertake legal aid work

  • 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.”