Press releases

Find all the latest major announcements, breaking news, press releases and commentary from the Bar Council on issues affecting the barristers' profession, justice and the rule of law.

The purpose of the Bar Council's press releases are to represent and promote the Bar nationally as well as globally, bring its voice to the public domain and defend the rule of law. 

For more information about any press release, call the External Relations & Communications team on 020 7092 8175.


Investment needed to stop exodus of specialist rape counsel

Chair of the Bar Council responds to new Criminal Bar Association survey results

  • 12 February 2024
  • Press release

New data on wellbeing at the Bar

Today the Bar Council has published the Wellbeing at the Bar Report 2024. The data shows some improvements in wellbeing at the Bar.

  • 2 February 2024
  • Press release

Bar Council and PIBA secure fixed recoverable costs uplift

The Bar Council and Personal Injuries Bar Association (PIBA) have hailed changes to the fixed recoverable costs for advocacy fees in civil cases that will see a 23.5% increase in fees.

  • 1 February 2024
  • Press release

New guidance on generative AI for the Bar

Guidance for barristers on the use of ChatGPT and other large language model (LLM) systems

  • 30 January 2024
  • Press release

Funding early legal advice in family courts should reduce the backlogs

The Ministry of Justice has announced family court reforms

  • 26 January 2024
  • Press release

Bar Council calls for review of private prosecution powers

The Bar Council has called on Parliament to review the safeguards around private prosecutions.

  • 12 January 2024
  • Press release

New Bar Council Chair Sam Townend KC calls for urgent investment in a justice system at the point of structural failure

Sam Townend KC delivered his inaugural address at Lincoln's Inn

  • 10 January 2024
  • Press release

“It is never right to associate lawyers with their clients” – the Bars of the UK respond to recent media

The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Times have published letters from the three Bars

  • 24 December 2023
  • Press release

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