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Bar Council press releases

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
  • Blog

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
  • Blog

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
  • 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

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
  • Blog

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
  • Blog

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
  • Blog

#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

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

Guest blog: UK government must prioritise legal rights of migrants in France

Axis Solicitors take a look at the latest developments in Calais for migrants, many of whom are asylum seekers trying to reach the UK, and how their rights need to be taken into account.

  • 1 September 2019
  • Blog

Notice of elections 2020

Elections for the 2020 Bar Council of England and Wales

  • 30 August 2019

Guest blog: How will the UK immigration system cope with no deal Brexit?

Immigration solicitor Anne Morris and barrister Patrick Lewis ask how UK immigration reform and a no deal Brexit will be achievable when the Home Office and immigration courts are already struggling under the current status quo

  • 22 August 2019
  • Blog

Guest blog: Legal blogging pilot - how you can get involved

Transparency Project blogs for the Bar Council on how a new pilot is taking place which will allow lawyers to attend court “for journalistic, research or public legal educational purposes”.

  • 22 August 2019
  • Blog

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

Guest blog: The Not-so Secret Barrister

"The reason I want to be a barrister is this: the feeling of being able to guide people through what will probably be the highest highs of their lives, or their lowest lows"

  • 14 July 2019
  • Blog

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

Guest blog: Improving the way barristers get paid in civil and family cases

The Legal Aid Agency’s (LAA) Antony Leal guest blogs for BarTalk on the progress made in key meetings between the LAA, the Bar Council and Family Law Bar Association

  • 11 July 2019
  • Blog

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

The Bar 'what' fee?

What's in a name? Commercial Director Dr Isabel DiVanna is looking for a new, more appropriate name for the Bar Representation Fee (BRF)

  • 27 June 2019
  • Blog

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

Red Lion Chambers & #IAmTheBar 'open doors' to the Bar

Highlights from the first of an innovative approach to making the profession more socially mobile

  • 13 June 2019
  • Blog

Strengthening the Bar through research

New approach to gaining insights to the Bar

  • 29 May 2019
  • Blog

Bar Council and YBC joint statement CBA ballot

CBA ballots on action over prosecution and defence fees

  • 24 May 2019

Guest blog: Susan Acland-Hood, Chief Executive of HMCTS

Susan Acland-Hood, Chief Executive of HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) on working with the Bar Council on improving court security and easier access for legal professionals

  • 16 May 2019
  • Blog

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

Guest blog: New transparency rules imminent

Andrew Granville Stafford, Chair of the Direct Access Panel blogs on the new BSB rules aiming to improve transparency in the areas of price, service and redress for the benefit of barristers’ clients.

  • 15 May 2019
  • Blog

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

Thank you from the Bar Council

Dr Isabel DiVanna, Commercial Director at the Bar Council explains why the support barristers have pledged to the Bar Council is so important.

  • 2 May 2019
  • Blog