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: Roll-out of rapid testing in courts needed "sooner rather than later"

In response to HMCTS' announcement that a second rapid testing pilot is to start at Southwark Crown Court, the Chair of the Bar Council questioned why more pilots are necessary to "verify a scheme that is clearly sorely needed".

  • 18 February 2021
  • Press release

Change on diversity cannot come soon enough, says Bar Council

Responding to the BSB’s Diversity at the Bar report, Chair of the Bar Council Derek Sweeting QC stressed that "greater strides" were needed

  • 29 January 2021
  • Press release

Rapid testing "essential" to court safety, says Chair of the Bar

Responding to HMCTS' announcement of a rapid testing pilot, Derek Sweeting QC said that it was crucial to increase confidence among court users.

  • 29 January 2021
  • Press release

Tampering with juries should be a last resort

  • 27 January 2021
  • Press release

New survey from Bar Council finds barristers at “breaking point”

Findings show some signs of recovery in workload, but highlight the extreme financial and psychological hardship still facing many barristers.

  • 22 January 2021
  • Press release

Letter to Chair of the Criminal Legal Aid Review

  • 20 January 2021
  • Press release

Bar Council: Closing courts should be a last resort

Chair of the Bar says government can and must do all it can to allow the work of the courts to continue

  • 15 January 2021
  • Press release

Running on Empty: New report finds serious problems with legal help for the public

A newly published report “Running on Empty” from the Bar Council reveals the severity of problems in the civil legal aid system.

  • 15 January 2021
  • Press release

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