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.


Bar Council steps up to help 'essential worker' self-employed barristers get tested for Covid-19

Self-employed barristers can now apply for Coronavirus testing through the Bar Council.

  • 5 May 2020
  • Press release

New research: Delaying justice will leave us with no barristers to pick up the pieces

Bar Council's latest research shows beliefs that people are now unable to properly access justice

  • 27 April 2020
  • Press release

Bar Council response to latest crime figures on charging rates

The Bar Council has responded to the latest police recorded crime and outcomes data, calling figures "appalling".

  • 24 April 2020
  • Press release

Bar Council response to CPS decision to prioritise serious cases

Amanda Pinto QC, Chair of the Bar responds to the CPS announcement that prosecutors are to prioritise serious cases to manage the impact of coronavirus

  • 14 April 2020
  • Press release

Bar Council reaction to the Justice Committee evidence session being held in private

The Bar Council has issued a statement in response to the Justice Select Committee evidence session with the Lord Chancellor on the impact of Covid-19 on the justice system being held online and in private.

  • 7 April 2020
  • Press release

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