News and press releases

  • 4 April 2012 - The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has called for the Government to amend further the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) to protect civil liberties and open justice.

  • 2 April 2012 - The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has responded to the Government’s Triennial Review of the Legal Services Board (LSB) and called for it to be actively discouraged by the Government from extending its remit beyond that envisaged by Parliament.

  • 28 March 2012 - The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has welcomed the findings and recommendations of the House of Lords Constitution Committee in its report on Judicial Appointments published today. The inquiry, to which the former Chairman of the Bar, Peter Lodder QC, gave evidence, found that the principle of appointments based on merit is vital and should continue, an outcome which the Bar Council completely endorses.

  • 27 March 2012 - Update for the profession: the Bar Council has received enquiries from several sets of chambers in relation to letters and approaches from firms of solicitors on the subject of counsel's fees for work on criminal cases in the Magistrates' Courts.

  • 26 March 2012 - The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, will this week embark on a business development mission to Singapore and South Korea, promoting the services of the world-class Bar and legal system of England and Wales.

  • 22 March 2012 - Michael Todd QC, the Chairman of the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, will today address an invited audience in Grand Court Number One of the Cayman Islands on ‘Ethics and the Rule of Law’. The lecture forms a part of a Chancery Bar Association business development mission to the Islands. Examining the role of the advocate within the justice system, he will say that with the stakes of litigation now being so high, advocates’ cardinal and primary duty to the Court must not be overlooked. He will also reflect on the continuing and fundamental relevance of a strong ethical code and the Rule of Law to the modern legal environment.

  • 21 March 2012 - The Citizenship Foundation, in partnership with the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, Scotland’s Faculty of Advocates, the Bar Library of Northern Ireland, the four Inns of Court and the six Circuits of England and Wales, is making final preparations for the 21st annual final of the Bar National Mock Trial Competition on Saturday 24 March.

  • 21 March 2012 - Update for the profession: the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) will in future strongly recommend any legal representative drafting grounds of appeal against sentence to incorporate within those grounds a pro forma table setting out the details of the sentence passed.