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.

 

Four Bars statement on the administration of justice post-pandemic

The Bars of the UK and Ireland issue a joint statement on remote vs. in-person delivery of justice post-pandemic.

  • 5 May 2021
  • Press release

Bar Council backs Charter for Black Talent

Initiative aims to increase the number of talented Black professionals in senior positions in the financial and professional services sectors in the UK 

  • 30 April 2021
  • Press release

Bar Council responds to new sexual misconduct sanctions plans for barristers

Bar Council urges the Bar to respond to BTAS consultation on sanctions guidance

  • 29 April 2021
  • Press release

Bar Council comments on Domestic Abuse Bill receiving Royal Assent

The Bar Council calls it 'disappointing' that the Government has ignored our call to make non means tested legal aid available in all domestic abuse cases.

  • 29 April 2021
  • Press release

Statement of the Four Bars on PRC Government sanctions against barristers

The four professional bodies of barristers and advocates of the United Kingdom and Ireland are united in their condemnation of the sanctions announced by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) government against barrister members of the legal profession and their “immediate families”.

  • 27 April 2021
  • Press release

‘Census' for barristers due to launch to help shape profession's priorities

Barristers in England and Wales will be invited to play their part in shaping the way their representative body, the Bar Council, supports the profession’s needs by completing a survey about their working lives

  • 8 April 2021
  • Press release

Bar Council says new Lords report shows "neglected and diminished" justice system

The Bar Council responds to new report on Covid-19 and the courts

  • 30 March 2021
  • Press release

Bar Council response to sanctions by Chinese government

Chair of the Bar Derek Sweeting QC comments on news of sanctions .

  • 26 March 2021
  • Press release

Bar Council steps in over inconsistent harassment sanctions regime

The Bar Council writes to BSB and BTAS over ongoing issues with investigations and sanctions in harassment cases

  • 26 March 2021
  • Press release

Bar Council responds to PAC report on impact of Covid-19 on courts

The Bar Council calls for weaknesses across the whole justice system to be addressed.

  • 24 March 2021
  • Press release

Bar Council: Judicial review is a "national asset" for British citizens

Bar Council responds to Ministry of Justice plans to reform judicial review

  • 19 March 2021
  • Press release

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