Press release archive

 

Bar Council press releases

New research reveals full impact of Covid-19 restrictions on the self-employed Bar

Government support for the self-employed haven't worked

  • 1 July 2020
  • Press release

Guest blog: Attorney General - – restoring public confidence in criminal justice

The Attorney General, Suella Braverman QC MP, guest blogs on plans to change the guidelines on disclosure and the CPIA Code in order to restore the public’s confidence in the administration of the criminal justice system.

  • 25 June 2020
  • Blog

Guest blog: On the front line with Black Protest Legal Support UK

Yvonne Kramo, Black Protest Legal Support UK (BPLS) committee member, writes on how hundreds of BPLS legal observers have been assisting Black Lives Matter protestors

  • 25 June 2020
  • Blog

Guest blog: Covid-19, Ghana and the rule of law

In the first of a series of articles on international perspectives on the rule of law in light of Covid-19, barrister David Owusu-Yianoma focuses on Ghana

  • 11 June 2020
  • Blog

Lawyers virtually celebrate #LegalPride2020

  • 11 June 2020
  • Press release

Guest blog: Social immobility in a Covid-19 era

Sailesh Mehta of Red Lion Chambers writes about how social mobility has changed since he came to the Bar and the impact Covid-19 is having on progress across the profession

  • 11 June 2020
  • Blog

Guest blog: Bringing back trials: A look behind the scenes

Iain MacDonald, Chair of the Bar Council’s Restarting Criminal Justice Working Group gives an exclusive look behind the scenes into the work of the group and the options for bringing back jury trials safely and quickly.

  • 14 May 2020
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Young Bar blog: Supporting the Young Bar During Covid-19: Part Four

Read the latest update from Katherine Duncan & Joanne Kane, Chair and Vice-Chair of the Bar Council's Young Barristers’ Committee (YBC) on why young barristers need to take action to protect chambers from financial collapse and back a new campaign

  • 14 May 2020
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Bar Council steps up to help 'essential worker' self-employed barristers get tested for Covid-19

Self-employed barristers can now apply for Coronavirus testing through the Bar Council.

  • 5 May 2020
  • Press release

Guest blog: Covid-19, Anti Money Laundering Measures and Customer Due Diligence

Christopher Convey, Chair of the Bar Council’s Money Laundering Working Group

  • 30 April 2020
  • Blog

Young Bar blog: Supporting the Young Bar During Covid-19: Part 3

Katherine Duncan and Joanne Kane, Chair and Vice-Chair respectively of the Bar Council's Young Barristers’ Committee (YBC)

  • 30 April 2020
  • Blog

Guest blog: Shielding the Rule of Law from the effects of Covid-19

Steven Thompson QC, Chair of the Bar Council’s International Committee

  • 30 April 2020
  • Blog

New research: Delaying justice will leave us with no barristers to pick up the pieces

Bar Council's latest research shows beliefs that people are now unable to properly access justice

  • 27 April 2020
  • Press release

Bar Council response to latest crime figures on charging rates

The Bar Council has responded to the latest police recorded crime and outcomes data, calling figures "appalling".

  • 24 April 2020
  • Press release

Guest blog: Susan Acland-Hood, CEO, HMCTS - Uniting to tackle coronavirus in our courts and tribunals

Susan Acland-Hood, Chief Executive, HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS), guest blogs for BarTalk on how HMCTS is in constant dialogue with the Bar and others to make sure the courts and tribunals keep running despite the Covid-19 crisis.

  • 16 April 2020
  • Blog

Bar Council response to CPS decision to prioritise serious cases

Amanda Pinto QC, Chair of the Bar responds to the CPS announcement that prosecutors are to prioritise serious cases to manage the impact of coronavirus

  • 14 April 2020
  • Press release

Bar Council reaction to the Justice Committee evidence session being held in private

The Bar Council has issued a statement in response to the Justice Select Committee evidence session with the Lord Chancellor on the impact of Covid-19 on the justice system being held online and in private.

  • 7 April 2020
  • Press release

Young Bar blog: Supporting the Young Bar during COVID-19 Part 2

Read the latest update from Katherine Duncan & Joanne Kane, Chair and Vice-Chair of the Young Barristers’ Committee (YBC) on their progress to ensure the safety of young barristers and pupils during the times of COVID-19

  • 2 April 2020
  • Blog

Bar Council urges Government to act over the Bar's Covid-19 financial fears

New survey findings reveal main concerns of the profession

  • 2 April 2020
  • Press release

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

Young Bar blog: Supporting the Young Bar during COVID-19

Katherine Duncan & Joanne Kane, Chair and Vice-Chair of the Young Barristers’ Committee (YBC) share how they work to ensure the safety of young barristers and pupils during the times of COVID-19

  • 26 March 2020
  • Blog

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

Guest blog: Susan Acland-Hood, CEO, HM Courts & Tribunals Service - Unprecedented times

Susan Acland-Hood, CEO, HM Courts & Tribunals Service, blogs exclusively for BarTalk on the latest developments in the courts to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic

  • 19 March 2020
  • Blog

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

Young Bar blog: Pupillage Interview Advice - the Best Things in Life are Free

Aspiring barristers shouldn't have to pay for help when preparing for pupillage interviews, says the Bar Council's Young Barristers' Committee

  • 13 March 2020
  • Blog

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

Five things we did in February 2020

See a snapshot of the Bar Council's work in our feature "Five things the Bar Council did” and read the top five picks from February

  • 4 March 2020
  • Blog

Coronavirus update

  • 4 March 2020
  • Press release

Learning to Mediate: A View from the Bar Council

The Bar Council’s Head of Services, Carolyn Entwistle, and Policy Analyst, Stuart McMillan, recently attended The Society of Mediators’ Foundation Mediation course to better understand the place of mediation in today’s legal market.

  • 4 March 2020
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Budget 2020: Bar Council budget submission to HM Treasury

Ahead of the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Budget on March 11 2020, the Bar Council has submitted its 10 asks to HM Treasury to create a more sustainable justice system

  • 4 March 2020
  • Press release

Guest blog: Social mobility – does Oxbridge matter?

Stuart Jessop, barrister at 6 Pump Court blogs on whether his polytechnic background was a benefit or a barrier to gaining pupillage and whether the Bar needs to look more closely on whether it recruits on potential or on other factors such as age, race, gender, what school or university you went to

  • 4 March 2020
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Young Bar blog: Elevating publicly available legal resources: The Legal Design Sprint

Joanne Kane, Vice Chair of the Bar Council's Young Barristers' Committee (YBC) looks in more detail at 'legal design sprints'

  • 4 March 2020
  • Blog

Regulating legal services: justice, not simplicity is the goal

The Bar Council’s Melanie Mylvaganam, Policy Manager: Regulatory Affairs, Law Reform and Ethics and Eleanore Hughes, Policy Analyst: Regulatory Affairs, Law Reform and Ethics, give an overview of the issues discussed at a recent forum.

  • 4 March 2020
  • Blog

Legal leaders unite to back Justice Week

  • 27 February 2020
  • Press release

Guest blog: Solicitor General, Rt Hon Michael Ellis QC MP - Legal education can empower young people

Teaching young people about the law will create a more empowered generation

  • 26 February 2020
  • Blog

Young people call for freedom, democracy and knowledge of the law, says new poll

Justice Week 2020 survey findings

  • 24 February 2020
  • Press release

Five things we did in January 2020

See a snapshot of the Bar Council's work in our feature "Five things the Bar Council did” and read the top five picks from January

  • 20 February 2020
  • Blog

Judicial review: Bar Council reaction to latest comments on reform

Bar Council points to 44% drop in judicial review applications

  • 12 February 2020
  • Press release

Legal Tech: Gamechanger or ethical dilemma?

Bar Council policy experts Melanie Mylvaganam and Stuart McMillan discuss the ethical and regulatory implications of the introduction of AI into the legal market, as well as the potential dangers.

  • 6 February 2020
  • Blog

Young Bar blog: Supporting newcomers and preparing for our annual workshop

Katherine Duncan, Chair of the Bar Council's Young Barristers' Committee, blogs on what the YBC has in store for newcomers to the profession in 2020

  • 6 February 2020
  • Blog

Bar Council warns over knee-jerk move towards indefinite detention

Locking someone up indefinitely without due process in our country has been prohibited as long ago as The Middle Ages. 

  • 5 February 2020
  • Press release

Statement of the Bar Council on the latest attacks on the independence of the judiciary in Poland

The Bar Council expresses its grave concern at the latest legislative measure by the Polish parliament, passed on 23 January 2020, which interferes, once more, with the independence of the judiciary, a principle which is internationally recognised.

  • 3 February 2020
  • Press release

Bar Council marks Day of the Endangered Lawyer

Today (24 January) marks the 10th Day of the Endangered Lawyer, a day to acknowledge and reflect on the significant risk lawyers across the world face in upholding the rule of law.

  • 24 January 2020
  • Press release

Guest blog: Lawyers in danger

Patrick Duffy, barrister and member of the Bar Council's International Committee, blogs ahead of the Day of the Endangered Lawyer (Friday 24 January) on why the dangers lawyers face in Pakistan and elsewhere across the world has consequences for the rule of law.

  • 23 January 2020
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Bar Council Legal Reporting Awards Winners 2019

The winners of the 2019 Bar Council Legal Reporting Awards are BBC journalist Clive Coleman and the i paper’s Rob Hastings.

  • 17 January 2020
  • Press release

Bar Council responds to televised court plans

Reality TV-style broadcasting of criminals being sentenced comes with risks that need to be guarded against, warns the Bar Council today as the Government looks to make the justice system more open with plans to film Crown Court sentencing.

  • 16 January 2020
  • Press release

Bar Council responds to new QC appointments

114 new Queen’s Counsel appointed in the 2019 competition.

  • 16 January 2020
  • Press release

The Young Barristers’ Committee vision for 2020

The Young Barristers’ Committee vision for 2020

  • 9 January 2020
  • Blog

Justice Week 2020 is coming soon

Justice Week 2020 runs from 24-28 February 2020 and will see the Bar Council, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) and the Law Society team up to promote the importance of the rule of law to young people.

  • 3 January 2020
  • Press release

End of year highlights (Legal Practice and Remuneration)

End of year round-up of highlights from the Legal Practice and Remuneration Policy team.

  • 12 December 2019
  • Blog

End of year highlights (Diversity & Inclusion and CSR)

End of year round-up of highlights from the Diversity & Inclusion and CSR Policy team (which includes Education, Young Bar and Employed Bar).

  • 12 December 2019
  • Blog

End of year highlights (International)

End of year round-up of highlights from the International Policy team.

  • 12 December 2019
  • Blog

End of year highlights (Law Reform, Regulatory Affairs & Ethics)

End of year round-up of highlights from the Law Reform, Regulatory Affairs and Ethics Policy team.

  • 12 December 2019
  • Blog

Guest blog: New client care letter and other news for Public Access barristers

Andrew Granville Stafford, member of the Bar Council, the Bar Council Ethics Committee and Chair of the Bar Council’s Direct Access Panel, blogs on new developments that public access barristers need to be aware of, including a new client care letter.

  • 12 December 2019
  • Blog

Guest blog: how the arbitration world can learn from civil procedure

The winner of this year’s Bar Council Law Reform essay competition, Penny Tridimas, guest blog on how the world of arbitration could learn from civil procedure to overcome shortcomings

  • 28 November 2019
  • Blog

Guest blog: Karen Safo on making the Bar more inclusive

Barrister-at-law Karen Safo on what you can do to foster inclusion at the Bar

  • 14 November 2019
  • Blog

BAR COUNCIL LEGAL REPORTING AWARDS 2019

CALLING ALL JOURNALISTS - The Bar Council's 28th Legal Reporting Awards competition is now open.

  • 1 November 2019

Black History Month blog: How we benefit from bringing Black History Month into the workplace

Abimbola Johnson, barrister at 25 Bedford Row, writes in BarTalk on why it is important for non-black members of the profession to consider how they view Black History Month, particularly if their workplace and social circle is not particularly diverse.

  • 31 October 2019
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Black History Month blog: “There are still relatively few of us”

Barrister Miranda Grell of 10 King’s Bench Walk Chambers guest blogs for BarTalk in Black History Month on the progress as well as the remaining challenges in diversity at the Bar.

  • 31 October 2019
  • Blog

Black History Month blog: It is about inclusion and belonging

Karen Safo, barrister at law and human rights activist, asks in her guest blog for BarTalk whether initiatives aimed at diversifying the profession are enough and that becoming a barrister is about feeling included and a sense of belonging

  • 31 October 2019
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Bar Council 2020 Elections: Results announced

The results of the Bar Council 2020 elections have been announced.

  • 22 October 2019

Queen's Speech 2019: Bar Council reaction

Chair of the Bar Richard Atkins QC reacts to the 2019 Queen's Speech.

  • 14 October 2019

MyBar maintenance

MyBar is undergoing temporary maintenance work

  • 10 October 2019

Guest blog: My year as a Social Mobility Advocate

Barrister and 2018 Bar Council Social Mobility Advocate, Natasha Shotunde explains how the ‘I Am the Bar’ campaign was just the beginning in promoting equality and making the profession more accessible

  • 3 October 2019
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#IAmTheBar guest blog: Social mobility and valuing how you are different

Mass Ndow-Njie, pupil barrister at the Government Legal Department, blogs about valuing what makes you different to secure pupillage.

  • 3 October 2019
  • Blog

International growth at the Bar

Barristers' income from international work

  • 1 October 2019

Bar Council: Justice and the rule of law at risk

The Bar Council's Party Conference briefing sends a clear message to party policy-makers

  • 27 September 2019

Bar Council election candidates announced

2020 Bar Council election

  • 25 September 2019

Bar Council reaction to NAO report on court reform progress

Richard Atkins QC, Chair of the Bar, responds to National Audit Office report on HM Courts and Tribunal Service’s (HMCTS) courts modernisation programme

  • 13 September 2019

Bar Council comments on independence of the judiciary

The Bar Council expects the Government to uphold the rule of law in this country.

  • 12 September 2019

Bar Council comments on independence of the judiciary

The Bar Council expects the Government to uphold the rule of law in this country.

  • 12 September 2019