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.


Samuel Townend QC elected as Bar Council Vice Chair for 2023

Samuel Townend QC has been elected Vice Chair of the Bar Council for 2023

  • 25 May 2022
  • Press release

Entries open for Bar Council’s Employed Bar Awards 2022

The Bar Council is seeking entries for the Employed Bar Awards 2022

  • 19 May 2022
  • Press release

Bar Council reaction to the Queen’s speech

Bar Council’s priorities include bill of rights, victims bill and legislation on justice, economic crimes, Brexit and trade.

  • 10 May 2022
  • Press release

Update on our current technical difficulties

Joint statement from the Bar Council and Bar Standards Board.

  • 27 April 2022
  • Press release

Authorisation to Practise - deadline extended

The Bar Council and the Bar Standards Board have extended the deadline for renewing practising certificates.

  • 21 April 2022
  • Press release

New data shows extent of crisis at criminal Bar

New data reveals the number of barristers practising full-time in publicly funded criminal law has declined by more than 10%.

  • 8 April 2022
  • Press release

Legal world unites to help tackle cyber threat

The Law Society and the Bar Council have teamed up to create a new tool for chambers and law firms

  • 25 March 2022
  • Press release

Bar Council pledges support for Ukrainian lawyers

The Bar Council has launched a new project to foster dialogue, solidarity and support between barristers in England and Wales and Ukrainian lawyers.

  • 24 March 2022
  • Press release

The Bar Council’s response to the Government’s Legal Aid announcement

Mark Fenhalls QC reacts to the changes announced to criminal legal aid.

  • 15 March 2022
  • Press release

Bar leaders condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as ‘gross violation of international law’

A joint statement in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine

  • 25 February 2022
  • Press release

Revealed: Winners of the Bar Council Legal Reporting Awards 2021

The winners of the Bar Council Legal Reporting Awards 2021.

  • 1 February 2022
  • Press release

‘One in six’ young barristers want to quit amid heavy workloads and burnout fears, report suggests

The Life at the Young Bar report presents a snapshot of life at the Young Bar in 2021.

  • 26 January 2022
  • Press release

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