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.


General Council of the Bar 2022/23 Practising Certificate Fees and Budget consultation

The Bar is encouraged to share its views on the GCB's budget plans for 2022/23

  • 30 November 2021
  • Press release

Landmark investigation and report on race and the Bar launched

The Bar Council’s Race Working Group has launched a new report addressing inequality at the Bar and proposing a series of recommendations for action.

  • 5 November 2021
  • Press release

Suspicious email alert

  • 5 November 2021
  • Press release

Bar Council says Budget is "a step in the right direction" on justice funding

Chair of the Bar responds to the Autumn Budget

  • 27 October 2021
  • Press release

Bar Council responds to "alarming" NAO criminal justice findings

Derek Sweeting QC, Chair of the Bar Council, responds to the National Audit Office’s (NAO) report, Reducing the Backlog in the Criminal Courts

  • 22 October 2021
  • Press release

Bar Council supports new legal aid reform recommendations

The Bar Council has welcomed a series of recommendations in an independent, cross-party review by The Westminster Commission on reforming legal aid

  • 21 October 2021
  • Press release

Bar Council highlights barristers championing social mobility

11 new #IAmTheBar Social Mobility Advocates announced for 2021/22

  • 4 October 2021
  • Press release

Bar Council urges action as Crown Court backlog increases again to over 60,000 cases

The Bar Council responds to criminal court statistics for Q2 2021

  • 1 October 2021
  • Press release

Bar Council survey shows rising reports of harassment and discrimination in barristers’ profession

Efforts to tackle bullying, harassment and discrimination in the barristers’ profession will continue to be a priority for the Bar Council following the results of a new survey of barristers’ working lives which shows a rise in reports of inappropriate behaviour since 2017

  • 29 September 2021
  • Press release

Bar Council reaction to the appointment of the eighth Justice Secretary since 2010

Chair of the Bar looks ahead to working with new Lord Chancellor

  • 15 September 2021
  • Press release

Bar Council warns against rising use of 'get out of jail free cards' to avoid courts

Bar Council warning following latest quarterly criminal justice statistics show drop in prosecutions and a rise in out of court disposals

  • 20 August 2021
  • Press release

Bar Council, BHRC and Law Society urge UK Government to offer asylum to legal professionals in Afghanistan

The Bar Council, the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales, and the Law Society of England and Wales have issued a joint statement on the situation for legal professionals in Afghanistan

  • 16 August 2021
  • Press release

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