News and press releases

  • 4 September 2012 - Update for the profession: 'Protecting free speech: A public interest defence for the media?’. A joint debate organised by the Law Reform Committee of the Bar Council and the Criminal Bar Association will take place on 20 September 2012 at 18:00 in the Large Pension Room at Gray’s Inn.

  • 4 September 2012 - The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has called on the new Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling, to put access to justice top of his priorities as he prepares to tackle competing claims on departmental resources.

  • 24 August 2012 - Update for the profession: the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Bar of England and Wales will be held at 10.30 on Saturday 15 September 2012 in the VC Room of the Bar Council (289-293 High Holborn, London). It will be preceded by a meeting of the Bar Council.

  • 22 August 2012 - The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has urged the Committee considering the draft Communications Data Bill to recommend protection for legal communications before any new interception powers are granted.

  • 22 August 2012 - Update for the profession: annual elections for the Bar Council will take place this autumn and successful candidates will join from 1 January 2013 for a three-year term, except where a different term length is stated below. Those members who are due to retire from the Bar Council on 31 December 2012 are eligible for re-election.

  • 2 August 2012 - New Terms of Engagement for barristers

  • 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.