Chairman and Chief Executive Updates

  • 29 October 2015 - Chairman of the Bar, Alistair MacDonald QC, provides an update on barrister earnings, direct access, the upcoming National Pro Bono Week and Pupillage Fair, and recaps the Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference.

  • 15 October 2015 - The Chief Executive of the Bar Council, Stephen Crowne, talks in detail about engaging with the Bar, the recent party conference season, the Bar Council's international presence, the Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference, and National Pro Bono Week.

  • 25 June 2015 - The Secretary of State for Justice made his first speech in his new role on 23rd June. It was entitled "What does a one nation justice policy look like?" It followed a speech by the Prime Minister, delivered the day before, in which he had set out his vision for "One nation Britain." It is clear, therefore, that these speeches were part of a wide ranging social and justice policy initiative designed, as Mr Gove said " make sure every citizen of the United Kingdom felt they were equal partners in One Nation."

  • 14 May 2015 - In 2013, the Bar Council provided, for the first time, an opportunity for all barristers to pay a £30 additional and voluntary donation at the same time as they were paying their practising certificate fee to the Bar Council. The payment was to help the Bar Pro Bono Unit to maintain and expand the work it is doing to assist those who, without its help, would be left without any form of advice or representation.

  • 19 March 2015 - The Chief Executive of the Bar Council, Stephen Crowne, talks in detail about the Bar Representation Fee (BRF), which funds the Bar Council’s vital work in representing the Bar’s interests, and promoting and supporting fair access to justice.

  • 19 February 2015 - Although I have set out my aims for this year in the course of an interview with Counsel Magazine, I wanted to make it clear what they were to those who had not seen it. In addition, there are a couple of issues that have arisen since the publication of the interview and I thought I should bring those to your attention.