Press release archive
Bar Council press releases
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.
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.
The winners of the 2019 Bar Council Legal Reporting Awards are BBC journalist Clive Coleman and the i paper’s Rob Hastings.
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.
114 new Queen’s Counsel appointed in the 2019 competition.
The Young Barristers’ Committee vision for 2020
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.
CALLING ALL JOURNALISTS - The Bar Council's 28th Legal Reporting Awards competition is now open.
The results of the Bar Council 2020 elections have been announced.
Chair of the Bar Richard Atkins QC reacts to the 2019 Queen's Speech.
MyBar is undergoing temporary maintenance work
Barristers' income from international work
The Bar Council's Party Conference briefing sends a clear message to party policy-makers
2020 Bar Council election
Richard Atkins QC, Chair of the Bar, responds to National Audit Office report on HM Courts and Tribunal Service’s (HMCTS) courts modernisation programme
The Bar Council expects the Government to uphold the rule of law in this country.
The Bar Council expects the Government to uphold the rule of law in this country.
The Bar Council has appointed Piran Dhillon-Starkings as Advisor to the Chair of the Bar, following Mark Hatcher’s decision to leave the Bar Council to devote more time to his role as Reader of the Temple.
The Bar Council, which represents all barristers in England and Wales, is launching an anti-bullying and harassment online tool that will be available for barristers this autumn.
Additional funding for criminal justice system in the Spending Review, but is it enough?
Elections for the 2020 Bar Council of England and Wales
Responding to reports on Twitter that Crown Courts across England & Wales were sitting empty on Monday, the Bar Council, which represents all barristers in England and Wales, has issued a statement.
Notice of the 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Bar of England & Wales
Chair of the Bar's reaction to the latest criminal justice statistics
Treasury to give Crown Prosecution Service £85 million over two years
Barristers to ditch paper ballots for Bar Council vote
As work progresses on the review of Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) fees, it is important that all members of the criminal Bar who undertake prosecution work are given the opportunity to engage and contribute to this work. To enable this, a number of reference groups will be established that will meet to discuss the key outputs of the review and gain feedback.
Bar Council responds to Judicial Diversity Statistics 2019
The Bar Council's work over the last 125 years
City of London Corporation and Bar Council celebrate 100 years of women in law and 125 years of the Bar Council
On Thursday 20 June 2019, the Law Society of England and Wales, the Bar Council of England and Wales and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) will join together to launch a Women in Law Pledge at the Law Society's international symposium on gender equality.
Bar Council comments on the decision of the Chief Executive of Hong Kong to suspend the process of amending the extradition laws of the Special Administrative Region.
CBA ballots on action over prosecution and defence fees
The Bar Council comments on the International Bar Association's report that a third of women in the legal profession have been sexually harassed.
The Bar Council welcomes the BSB’s consultation on the recruitment timetable and written pupillage agreements.
The legal professions of England and Wales - solicitors, barristers and Chartered Legal Executives are joining together to mark Pride events in Birmingham, Bristol, Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Cardiff and London.
Bar Council backs new judicial diversity move
Survey shows 95 per cent of criminal barristers would walk out or refuse to take cases over low pay
The Bar Council of England and Wales and the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (BHRC) have sent a letter to President Erdogan of Turkey urging immediate action by Turkish authorities to protect lawyers and safeguard the rule of law in Turkey.
The Bar Council has met with HMCTS to clarify the correct position on which court bundles barristers and solicitors are required under data protection laws to remove from court, following some confusion about notices posted in courts which did not distinguish between papers belonging to representatives and those served on the court. HMCTS has now issued a joint notice confirming that only those bundles belonging to barristers and solicitors should be removed by them.
The coveted Bar Mock Trials National Champions title has gone to King Edward VI Handsworth School after its team won the Bar Council backed contest which sees non-fee paying schools compete against each other in mock court trials.
CPS lawyers are to receive a pay increase
Subscribe to the Bar Representation Fee and renew your practising certificate
The Bar Council has responded to the announcement that HM Courts & Tribunals Service is extending its reform programme, pushing the finish date to 2023, a year later than previously planned.
The Bar Council responds to Lord Pannick QC's suggestion in The Times (21 February 2019) for the Bar Council to set up a mentoring panel of senior women barristers, highlighting support already in place.
Bar leaders produce guide for barristers on how to deal with judicial bullying
The Bar Council in the news - a round-up of the Bar Council in the press
This week, the Bar Council holds its fifth annual Bar Placement Week (North) in Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester.
Gateway to stay open for applications until 11am on Monday 11 February
Disappointment at LASPO Review
The Bar Council of England and Wales expresses grave concerns about the recent conviction of Chinese human rights lawyer, Wang Quanzhang.
Ministry of Justice IT systems failure. This is the message sent to the profession on Wednesday 23 January 2019 from Richard Atkins QC.
This year, Day of the Endangered Lawyer draws attention to the situation in Turkey. The Bar Council has repeatedly raised concerns around the ongoing and large-scale prosecution of judges, lawyers, journalists and human rights defenders in Turkey.
The Bar Council has contacted the Ministry of Justice and HMCTS for an update on the IT problems which are reportedly causing major disruption to their systems.
Fake HMRC calls
New annual chambers membership launched
EU institutions currently have the power to fine the UK millions of euros if it fails to address breaches of EU set pollution limits, but who will police the Government on environmental standards when we leave the EU?
Bar Council Legal Reporting Awards: Winners announced
Chair of the Bar Council’s Brexit Working Group, Hugh Mercer QC, explains the options for the UK following Parliament’s rejection of the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal.
The Bar Council has published a three-part Youtube mini-series featuring barrister and Brexit Working Group member Anneli Howard of Monckton Chambers.
Trends in diversity are encouraging
Richard Atkins QC becomes Chair of the Bar for 2019.
The Bar Council and openDemocracy, the independent media platform, have joined forces to publish a series of videos and articles documenting the real-life effects of legal aid cuts.
General Council of the Bar's PCF/budget consultation
The value and volume of the Bar’s international work continue to show year on year growth, according to figures released today.
The representative body for barristers in England and Wales has issued guidance on what its members should do to prepare for a no-deal Brexit.
#IAmtheBench highlights social mobility in the judiciary
Chair of the Bar, Andrew Walker QC, responds to news of more funding for Advocates' Graduated Fee Scheme
For anyone interested in a legal career, wherever you come from
The Bar Council and Family Law Bar Association respond to the Government's and HMCTS' decision on piloting Flexible Operating Hours
Criminal courts excluded from pilot
In response to reports that Asia Bibi’s lawyer, Saif Ul Malook, has received death threats and been granted temporary asylum in the Netherlands, legal leaders in England and Wales have made statements.
Andrew Walker QC, Chair of the Bar, has responded to the publication of the Attorney General’s Review of the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Disclosure in the Criminal Justice System.
A new partnership has today been announced between the Bar Council and Health Assured to offer a new Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) to the entire self-employed Bar, generously funded by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF). This marks a significant increase in assistance available to members of the Bar as part of the Wellbeing at the Bar programme.
The Chair of the Bar has sent a strong message to solicitors about the need to challenge clients who discriminate against barristers because of their gender, race or any other protected characteristic.
Scam warning for barristers and chambers
New research commissioned by the Bar Council reveals the full scale of a decade of dis-investment in justice and argues that decisions to make wholesale budget cuts cannot be blamed on austerity measures alone.
Chancellor of the Exchequer invited to see the effect of lack of investment in the justice system
Justice is as important to most people as health and education, according to far-reaching research into public attitudes to the justice system in England and Wales, but only 20% think there is sufficient funding in place for those who need legal advice.
Legislation passed five years ago has failed to meet its aims and has created an unfair and inefficient justice system, says the Bar Council as new research shows the true impact of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO).
To all practising employed Juniors or QCs over 7 years in practice
Students get in free
Iranian lawyers at risk
Opening of the Legal Year
2019 Bar Council election
Fair Play: The public demand for a better system of justice
£1000 prize for top legal journalism
28 Tales for 28 Days. Refugee Tales will release each day, for 28 days, stories of those who have experienced detention.
Elections for the 2019 Bar Council of England and Wales
Notice of the 2018 AGM of the Bar of England & Wales
Bar Council pioneers new electronic ID scheme
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The Bar Council has responded to the House of Commons Justice Select Committee’s report on the current state of criminal legal aid in England and Wales.
The legal profession is gearing up for the first ever Justice Week, a new initiative to put justice and the rule of law at the centre stage of public and political debate.
The Bar Council has responded to the Justice Select Committee’s report, published following its inquiry into disclosure of evidence in criminal cases.
Andrew Walker QC, Chair of the Bar said: “Today’s report from the Public Accounts Committee endorses many of the concerns raised by the Bar Council about the HMCTS programme of modernisation and reform, and underlines their importance.
Survey findings to support Bar Council submission to the Government's post-implementation review of LASPO
Following the Government's Brexit White Paper, the Bar Council has published the text of a draft agreement that would ensure that court judgments made in the UK and EU can still be enforced across international borders after exit day.