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: Chancellor's financial package must match up

Ahead of the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s expected support package for the self-employed, the Bar Council has urged the self-employed who work to keep the justice system running are factored into his plans.

  • 26 March 2020
  • Press release

Updated guidance on attending hearings

Updated guidance to the Bar from the Bar Council in the wake of new measures announced by the Prime Minister to limit the impact of Covid-19

  • 24 March 2020
  • Press release

Self-employed barristers and chambers eligible for coronavirus measures to support businesses

Bar Council secures confirmation of VAT deferred payments and Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme eligibility for the Bar

  • 24 March 2020
  • Press release

Chair of the Bar's Update: Further detail on 'key workers' during Covid-19

Chair of the Bar, Amanda Pinto QC's message on the most up to date guidance from the Government on 'key worker' status in the justice system

  • 22 March 2020
  • Press release

Bar Council: Barristers are key workers

In response to the government's announcement of the criteria of a 'key worker', the Bar Council has issued a statement.

  • 20 March 2020
  • Press release

Bar Council calls on Ministry of Justice to urgently halt jury trials

The Bar Council has issued a statement in response to the Ministry of Justice's decision to keep the courts in England and Wales operating normally.

  • 17 March 2020
  • Press release

Bar Council reaction to "fragmented" justice Budget from Chancellor

Budget 2020: Bar Council reaction

  • 12 March 2020
  • Press release

Resolution on the Rule of Law

The Bar Council has joined hands with 46 legal organisations in support of the Protection of the Rule of Law in Europe, as well as the independence of the judiciary in Poland.

  • 5 March 2020
  • Press release

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