Press release archive
Estelle Dehon KC and Ben Cooper KC highlight concerns over legal uncertainty
The Bar Council thinks BSB has struck the appropriate balance
The Rare Contextual Recruitment System will be added to the Pupillage Gateway from 2024/25
Nick Vineall KC delivered a wide-ranging speech on The Bar of 2043 at Inner Temple Hall
The Bar Council and PIBA have issued a strong response to the MoJ consultation on FRCs
The Bar Council welcomes the Law Commission’s careful and balanced review of the Arbitration Act.
Bar Council Chair responds to MoJ announcement on plans to reduce the court backlogs
Legal bodies issue joint statement in response to the Jacqueline McKenzie media reports
The Home Office and Ministry of Justice have announced the new Taskforce today
The new video aims to encourage more conversations about mental health and wellbeing
The latest stats show progress is being made, but not equally across the board
The Bar Council will be following proceedings carefully as the Inquiry begins its next phase
The Chair of the Bar responds to the Counsel cover story 'Speaking Up'
The Bar Council responds to the Public Accounts Committee report on the Court Reform Programme
The Human Rights Act should apply across the board, says Chair of the Bar.
Updated NCSC report highlights key threats to UK legal sector and how to improve cyber security.
Congratulations to Dame Sue Carr on her historic appointment.
The Bar Council welcomes proposals to protect and promote fair comment and press freedom.
Chair of the Bar Nick Vineall KC has written to the Pakistan Bar Council
The Bar Council and Law Society hosted the Bar Council of India for the signing ceremony
The Law Society and Bar Council issue a joint statement for Pride
The cab rank rule is a bedrock obligation for the independent referral Bar
The Government has responded to the legal aid means test review
Barbara Mills KC will become the first specialist family practitioner for 35 years and the first Black person to assume the role
As part of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek this week, we have relaunched the Bar Council’s Wellbeing Certificates.
The MoJ has expanded the judicial roles open to CILEX lawyers
The Bill will undermine access to justice and contravene fundamental principles
The Chair of the Bar has written to the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
A statement from the Chair of the Bar Nick Vineall KC
The Bar Council is calling for sustainable funding and a rethink of the Bill of Rights Bill
The former Solicitor General takes up the post following the resignation of Dominic Raab
The Bar Council is urging the Government to reconsider
Guidance and resources for the Bar
The Bar Council has welcomed the announcement
On Saturday at The Royal Courts of Justice hundreds of students from 22 schools across the UK will come together to compete in the final of the National Bar Mock Trial Competition.
A statement from Nick Vineall KC, Chair of the Bar Council.
Mandatory mediation for separating parents, without prior legal advice, is unlikely to be successful.
The Bar Council of England and Wales calls for the authorities in Sri Lanka to carefully reconsider plans to question judges in parliament and disobey court orders.
Ahead of the second reading debate, the Bar Council raising a series of concerns.
Chair of the Bar responds to political attacks on lawyers
The Bar Council welcomes UK Government's commitment to ratify the convention
Bar Council responds to the National Audit Office report
Reaction to the announcement on Nightingale courts and speech by the Shadow Secretary of State for Justice
The new report sets out nine recommendations to support and champion employed barristers
The Treasury has approved additional funding to the CPS
The Bill is due to have its second reading in the House of Lords on Monday
The event marks the first ministerial visit to the IDRC in its 23-year history
Nick Vineall KC prioritises independence, remuneration, regulation, and diversity at the Bar in the year ahead
The new Chair delivered his inaugural speech at Middle Temple
The Government has announced a comprehensive review of civil legal aid
The Bar Council and BHRC have joined the Commonwealth Lawyers Association in expressing its concern
The General Council of the Bar has published its 2023/24 Practising Certificate Fees (PCF) and budget for consultation.
The Ministry of Justice has published the second phase of its response to the independent review
The Bar Council is highlighting action on race equality taken by chambers and organisations across the Bar
The Chair of the Bar calls for a root and branch review of process
The Bar Council response to the Autumn Statement
'Access denied' report reveals the current state of the courts, legal aid and law reform
This week the UK’s legal sector come together for Pro Bono Week.
Raphael Rowe announced as the keynote speaker on Saturday 26 November
The Bar Council and the Bar Human Rights Committee have joined the international community’s call for the Iranian Government to end the arrest, detention, and intimidation of lawyers.
Essential that public confidence is restored
New analysis of barrister earnings data shows differences by sex and practice area
The awards were announced at the Employed Bar dinner at Gray's Inn.
The number of pupillage offers and applications are once again at pre-pandemic levels, according to a new report from the Bar Council published today.
Criminal barristers have voted to accept the offer from the Ministry of Justice
The Bar Council has signed Memorandums of Understanding with the Bar Associations of Sri Lanka and Guyana
The Bar Council and Law Society have issued a joint statement.
Government legal panels are lacking in diversity, says a new report published by the Bar Council today.
The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill would create a new regulatory objective under the Legal Services Act.
Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time
A change at the very top of Government offers a chance to find new solutions.
In a letter published by The Daily Telegraph, Mark Fenhalls QC calls for funding to stem the exodus of criminal barristers and to address the court backlogs.
The CBA has launched a new Hardship Fund for members.
Members of the CBA have voted to escalate action from 5 September.
The Bar Council has co-signed a letter to the International Trade Secretary.
Mark Fenhalls QC offers congratulations and warm welcome
The Bar Council and Criminal Bar Association have issued a joint statement on the current situation regarding reform of criminal legal aid fees
The Bar Council is concerned that the statement is an example of the Legal Services Board overstepping its remit.
The Bar Council has welcomed the announcement that cameras will be allowed in the Crown Court for sentencing.
The Bar Standards Board has announced a three-month consultation on social media and non-professional conduct
The Bar Council comments on new measures helping domestic abuse victims
The Bar Council is responding to today's Government announcement on Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation
Find out who has been shortlisted in this year's competition
The Bar Council responds to the publication of the official Diversity of the Judiciary 2022 Statistics
Mark Fenhalls QC, Chair of the Bar Council, has issued a statement
Lawyers will march together this weekend
The Officers of the Bar Council Young Barristers’ Committee and the Young CBA have issued a joint statement to young criminal barristers.
The Bar Council is calling for more funding for the justice system as it launches new data on access to justice in England and Wales.
The Criminal Bar Association has announced that members of the criminal Bar have voted for ‘days of action’ due to start on Monday 27 June 2022
Following the Prime Minister’s comments suggesting lawyers representing migrants were “abetting the work of criminal gangs”, the Bar Council and Law Society of England and Wales have issued a joint statement.
A new Pupillage Gateway platform is being launched this year
Samuel Townend QC has been elected Vice Chair of the Bar Council for 2023
The Bar Council is seeking entries for the Employed Bar Awards 2022
Bar Council’s priorities include bill of rights, victims bill and legislation on justice, economic crimes, Brexit and trade.
Joint statement from the Bar Council and Bar Standards Board.
The Bar Council and the Bar Standards Board have extended the deadline for renewing practising certificates.
New data reveals the number of barristers practising full-time in publicly funded criminal law has declined by more than 10%.
The Law Society and the Bar Council have teamed up to create a new tool for chambers and law firms