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Bar Council press releases

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
  • Blog

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


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

  • 1 November 2019

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

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

Bar Council ushers in new era of public affairs

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.

  • 10 September 2019

Bar Council launches anti-harassment and bullying online tool

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.

  • 9 September 2019

Bar Council reaction to Spending Review - tackling crime

Additional funding for criminal justice system in the Spending Review, but is it enough?

  • 5 September 2019

Notice of elections 2020

Elections for the 2020 Bar Council of England and Wales

  • 30 August 2019

Bar Council comment on courts sitting empty

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.

  • 20 August 2019

2019 Annual General Meeting

Notice of the 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Bar of England & Wales

  • 16 August 2019

Bar Council warning over latest criminal justice figures

Chair of the Bar's reaction to the latest criminal justice statistics

  • 16 August 2019

Bar Council reaction £85m CPS boost

Treasury to give Crown Prosecution Service £85 million over two years

  • 13 August 2019

Elections to go digital this year

Barristers to ditch paper ballots for Bar Council vote

  • 8 August 2019

Have your say: CPS fees reference groups

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.

  • 17 July 2019

Bar Council: More can be done to improve diversity in the judiciary

Bar Council responds to Judicial Diversity Statistics 2019

  • 12 July 2019

125 years of the Bar Council: Lady Justice Hallett's speech

The Bar Council's work over the last 125 years

  • 11 July 2019

Double celebration for City of London Corporation and Bar Council as milestones are reached

City of London Corporation and Bar Council celebrate 100 years of women in law and 125 years of the Bar Council

  • 10 July 2019

Legal profession launches Women in Law Pledge

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.

  • 20 June 2019

Hong Kong extradition laws update: Bar Council reaction

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.

  • 19 June 2019

Bar Council and YBC joint statement CBA ballot

CBA ballots on action over prosecution and defence fees

  • 24 May 2019

Comment on IBA report on harassment and bullying

The Bar Council comments on the International Bar Association's report that a third of women in the legal profession have been sexually harassed.

  • 15 May 2019

BSB recruitment timetable and written pupillage agreements consultation

The Bar Council welcomes the BSB’s consultation on the recruitment timetable and written pupillage agreements.

  • 7 May 2019

Lawyers unite for #LegalPride 2019

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.

  • 1 May 2019

New support for barristers seeking judicial careers

Bar Council backs new judicial diversity move

  • 24 April 2019

Bar Council responds to Criminal Bar Association survey on CPS fees

Survey shows 95 per cent of criminal barristers would walk out or refuse to take cases over low pay

  • 23 April 2019

Barristers seek action from President Erdogan on Turkey's Day of the Lawyer

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.

  • 5 April 2019

Joint notice from HMCTS on removal of court bundles

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.

  • 4 April 2019

King Edward VI Handsworth School takes national mock trial prize

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.

  • 28 March 2019

Bar Council responds to Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) pay increase

CPS lawyers are to receive a pay increase

  • 13 March 2019

Authorisation to Practise is now open

Subscribe to the Bar Representation Fee and renew your practising certificate

  • 8 March 2019

Bar Council response to HMCTS Court Reform Programme timetable extension

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.

  • 6 March 2019

Support for women across the Bar

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.

  • 21 February 2019

Tackling judicial bullying: Advice for the Bar

Bar leaders produce guide for barristers on how to deal with judicial bullying

  • 20 February 2019

The Bar Council in the press: January-February 2019

The Bar Council in the news - a round-up of the Bar Council in the press

  • 19 February 2019

Barristers' flagship social mobility scheme heads North again

This week, the Bar Council holds its fifth annual Bar Placement Week (North) in Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester.

  • 19 February 2019

Pupillage Gateway deadline extended

Gateway to stay open for applications until 11am on Monday 11 February

  • 8 February 2019

LASPO Review: Bar Council reaction

Disappointment at LASPO Review

  • 7 February 2019

Bar Council speaks up on conviction of Chinese lawyer

The Bar Council of England and Wales expresses grave concerns about the recent conviction of Chinese human rights lawyer, Wang Quanzhang.

  • 31 January 2019

MOJ IT systems failures - Chair updates profession

Ministry of Justice IT systems failure. This is the message sent to the profession on Wednesday 23 January 2019 from Richard Atkins QC.

  • 24 January 2019

Day of the Endangered Lawyer 2019

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.

  • 24 January 2019

Ministry of Justice IT systems failings

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.

  • 22 January 2019

PHONE SCAM ALERT: Warning to barristers

Fake HMRC calls

  • 22 January 2019

Bar Council opens up membership to chambers

New annual chambers membership launched

  • 21 January 2019

Brexit Paper 28: Who will hold the Government to account on environment post-Brexit?

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?

  • 18 January 2019

Disclosure, litigants in person and a 1964 miscarriage of justice

Bar Council Legal Reporting Awards: Winners announced

  • 17 January 2019

Post-vote analysis: What next for Brexit?

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.

  • 16 January 2019

Bitesize Brexit: 'Deadlock or Breakthrough?' mini-series

The Bar Council has published a three-part Youtube mini-series featuring barrister and Brexit Working Group member Anneli Howard of Monckton Chambers.

  • 11 January 2019

New head of the barristers’ profession takes office

Richard Atkins QC becomes Chair of the Bar for 2019.

  • 10 January 2019

New video series exposes real-life impact of legal aid cuts

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.

  • 3 January 2019

Six days left to respond to our budget consultation

General Council of the Bar's PCF/budget consultation

  • 30 November 2018

Bar is helping to fuel UK economy and has 'Global Britain' in its sights

The value and volume of the Bar’s international work continue to show year on year growth, according to figures released today.

  • 30 November 2018

What to do in a 'no-deal' Brexit - Guidance to the profession

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.

  • 27 November 2018

Judges of the people: #IAmtheBar social mobility spin-off initiative launched

#IAmtheBench highlights social mobility in the judiciary

  • 27 November 2018

Bar Council reaction to Lord Chancellor's AGFS announcement

Chair of the Bar, Andrew Walker QC, responds to news of more funding for Advocates' Graduated Fee Scheme

  • 26 November 2018

The Bar Council presents: The Different Faces of the Bar

For anyone interested in a legal career, wherever you come from

  • 22 November 2018

Barristers step in over death threats to Asia Bibi's lawyer

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.

  • 15 November 2018

Bar Council responds to Attorney General's disclosure review

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.

  • 15 November 2018

Bar Council signs new deal to ramp up wellbeing support for barristers

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.

  • 12 November 2018

Chair of the Bar makes statement on reports of discrimination against barrister

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.

  • 9 November 2018

Email scam alert

Scam warning for barristers and chambers

  • 6 November 2018

New research questions link between austerity and legal aid cuts

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.

  • 1 November 2018

Autumn Budget response: Ministry of Justice the pauper of Whitehall

Chancellor of the Exchequer invited to see the effect of lack of investment in the justice system

  • 30 October 2018

"Justice as important as education and health" say public

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.

  • 26 October 2018

Bar Council: LASPO has failed

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).

  • 25 October 2018

Notice of two Bar Council vacancies

To all practising employed Juniors or QCs over 7 years in practice

  • 24 October 2018

Iran urged to take rule of law opportunity

Iranian lawyers at risk

  • 3 October 2018

80 international legal leaders arrive in London ahead of Brexit

Opening of the Legal Year

  • 30 September 2018

Bar Council election candidates announced

2019 Bar Council election

  • 25 September 2018

Bar Council at the Party Conferences

Fair Play: The public demand for a better system of justice

  • 21 September 2018

Bar Council opens Legal Reporting Award entries

£1000 prize for top legal journalism

  • 20 September 2018

Refugee Tales

28 Tales for 28 Days. Refugee Tales will release each day, for 28 days, stories of those who have experienced detention.

  • 18 September 2018

Notice of elections 2019

Elections for the 2019 Bar Council of England and Wales

  • 31 August 2018

2018 Annual General Meeting

Notice of the 2018 AGM of the Bar of England & Wales

  • 24 August 2018

Bar Council develops digital ID card to help fast-track barristers into court

Bar Council pioneers new electronic ID scheme

  • 10 August 2018

10 of the things the Bar Council did in July 2018

What is it the Bar Council does? Here's a glimpse of some of the things the Bar Council did in July 2018.

  • 1 August 2018

Bar Council response to Justice Select Committee report on Criminal Legal Aid

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.

  • 26 July 2018

Justice Week to put rule of law and justice at centre of public debate

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.

  • 23 July 2018

Disclosure failings - Government must admit funding link

The Bar Council has responded to the Justice Select Committee’s report, published following its inquiry into disclosure of evidence in criminal cases.

  • 20 July 2018

HMCTS not focused on fairness in on-line court reforms

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.

  • 20 July 2018

Bar Council launches LASPO: 5 years on survey

Survey findings to support Bar Council submission to the Government's post-implementation review of LASPO

  • 19 July 2018

Brexit: Civil Justice treaty needed to protect UK interests

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.

  • 18 July 2018