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. 

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Crown Court backlog report highlights criminal justice system at point of structural failure

Reducing the Crown Court backlog of 67,573 to 53,000 by March 2025 can no longer be achieved, according to a new report by the watchdog.

  • 24 May 2024
  • Press release

Government must take responsibility for prison crisis and invest in criminal justice system, Bar Chair says

The Ministry of Justice is wrongly blaming the prison population crisis on the barristers’ strike.

  • 22 May 2024
  • Press release

Kirsty Brimelow KC elected as Bar Council Vice Chair for 2025

The criminal and international human rights practitioner will join the officer team on 1 January 2025

  • 20 May 2024
  • Press release

Bar calls for greater consistency in use of remote hearings and improvements in tech

The Bar is calling for consideration to be given to greater consistency in the use of remote hearings and further investment in court technology, following a new report.

  • 20 May 2024
  • Press release

Chair of the Bar welcomes launch of Lawyers Who Care

The new initiative supports care-experienced aspiring lawyers

  • 17 May 2024
  • Press release

Law firms and chambers working together to improve cybersecurity

The cybersecurity questionnaire has been updated in response to feedback

  • 15 May 2024
  • Press release

‘We cannot continue like this’ – response to prison emergency measures

Operation Early Dawn is one symptom of the chronic lack of investment

  • 15 May 2024
  • Press release

Top judges and barristers race 10km to raise money for the London Legal Support Trust

To mark 20 years of the London Legal Walk, Chair Sam Townend KC is leading his Bar in a race against HHJ Adam Constable KC and his Bench team around the Walk's route to raise £1m for charity.

  • 15 May 2024
  • Press release

Joint statement of the Four Bars on jury trials in Scotland

The Faculty of Advocates, Bar Council of England and Wales, Bar of Ireland and Bar of Northern Ireland (the Four Bars) have issued a joint statement on the proposed removal of juries for rape and other serious sexual offence trials in Scotland.

  • 9 May 2024
  • Press release

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
  • Press release

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

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