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 responds to announcement on courts and Temporary Operating Arrangements

Chair of the Bar, Derek Sweeting QC, calls for long-term investment and highlights the impact of a longer court day.

  • 28 July 2021
  • Press release

Bar Council responds to new BSB report on retention at the Bar

Chair of the Bar comments on new findings around female and ethnic minority barristers.

  • 28 July 2021
  • Press release

Bar Council responds to introduction of Judicial Review and Courts Bill

The Chair of the Bar says governments and public bodies must be effectively held to account by the public via the courts.

  • 21 July 2021
  • Press release

Bar Council: More to be done on judicial diversity

The Bar Council responds to new statistics on diversity in the judiciary

  • 15 July 2021
  • Press release

Cyber attack warning for chambers

The Bar Council is ramping up efforts to help barristers guard against the surge in cyber attacks

  • 15 July 2021
  • Press release

Court Covid restrictions: Update from Chair of the Bar and Circuit Leaders

Important update from Bar leaders on how courts will operate safely from 19 July

  • 15 July 2021
  • Press release

Bar Council warns of "persistent pandemic gap" in pupillages

Bar Council responds to BSB statistical report on BPTC student

  • 15 July 2021
  • Press release

New figures show court backlog going the wrong way, says Bar Council

Bar Council responds to latest statistics which show criminal court backlog is increasing

  • 28 June 2021
  • Press release

Bar Council says the Bar must have confidence in sanctions against sexual harassment

Bar Council urges BTAS to look again at some of its proposals for dealing with sexual harassment at the Bar

  • 25 June 2021
  • Press release

Bar Council warns of risks with moving to smaller juries

Bar Council says long-term investment, not reduced jury sizes is what the criminal justice system requires

  • 23 June 2021
  • Press release

Bar Council and Commonwealth Lawyers Association joint statement on China sanctions

The CLA and the Bar Council jointly call upon the Government of the People’s Republic of China to review and withdraw the sanctions imposed on legal practitioners.

  • 22 June 2021
  • Press release

Bar Council responds to the Government's Rape Review

The investigation and prosecution of allegations of rape has been crying out for reform, says Bar Council Chair Derek Sweeting QC.

  • 17 June 2021
  • Press release

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