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.


Mind the early gender earnings gap at the Bar – new research from the Bar Council

New analysis on the earnings gap between men and women at the self-employed Bar

  • 23 April 2024
  • Press release

Justice at the polls: Bar Conference is back asking ‘what next for justice’?

Bar Conference is back after a break with a programme tackling the big issues

  • 17 April 2024
  • Press release

BSB should revisit decision on targets for processing complaints, says Bar Council Chair

The Fieldfisher report revealed some striking deficiencies in the enforcement processes of the BSB, says Sam Townend KC.

  • 12 April 2024
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Bar Council resists Bar regulator’s proposal to remove degree requirement for barristers in training

Chair Sam Townend KC says the Bar Council objects to the majority of the BSB’s proposed reforms because they would lower standards.

  • 9 April 2024
  • Press release

Bar Council comments on crime and family court statistics

It is disappointing that there is still no progress made on reducing the backlog in the Crown Court, said Sam Townend KC.

  • 28 March 2024
  • Press release

Non-Disclosure Agreements are “ripe for legislative change”, says Bar Council

The Bar Council welcomes the Government’s commitment to reform Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs).

  • 28 March 2024
  • Press release

At the heart of the Bar Council is a "commitment to fairness, equality and diversity" says Chair Sam Townend KC

In response to the media reports about membership of the Garrick Club, the Bar Council has issued a statement.

  • 27 March 2024
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Positive signs for Ahmadi Muslim lawyers in Pakistan

Pakistan Bar Council has signalled there must be no restrictions on Ahmadi Muslims practising as lawyers.

  • 19 March 2024
  • Press release

“Gold standard training” - more than 8 in 10 have a positive pupillage experience, report finds

86% of pupils have had a positive pupillage experience and the vast majority feel supported by their chambers and employers, according to the new Pupil Survey.

  • 12 March 2024
  • Press release

Bar Council reaction to the Spring Budget

Funding for justice "a drop in the ocean" says Chair of the Bar

  • 6 March 2024
  • Press release

Budget: Failure to invest in justice is a false economy, warns Bar Council

Chair of the Bar makes statement ahead of the Spring Budget

  • 4 March 2024
  • Press release

“Bar’s goodwill taken for granted” – Bar Council builds strong case for urgent investment in civil legal aid

The Bar Council has submitted detailed evidence to the government Review of Civil Legal Aid

  • 28 February 2024
  • Press release

Pupillage offers hit new record, exceeding pre-pandemic levels

Almost 640 positions were advertised on the Pupillage Gateway, the Bar Council's recruitment portal.

  • 22 February 2024
  • Press release

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