Press releases

  • 18 March 2016 - The Bar Council has warned that the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Budget announcement that the Insurance Premium Tax will go up yet again is another barrier for hardworking individuals and families seeking justice.

  • 10 March 2016 - Plans to create ‘lawyerless’ courts will not improve access to justice, the Bar Council has warned in response to plans for civil claims of up to £25,000 to go through an online court. Lord Justice Briggs’s proposals would mark a “fundamental” shift in our judicial processes, according to the Bar Council, but the professional body claims that failures in our justice system and court structures are in fact down to lack of investment and resources.

  • 14 October 2015 - Vulnerable people are still reeling from the impact of Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, the Chairman of the Bar warns MPs, ahead of tomorrow's Commons debate. Alistair MacDonald QC said:"People who cannot afford legal advice and representation are often among the most vulnerable in society and they are still reeling from the impact of LASPO.

  • 4 February 2015 - Chairman of the Bar, Alistair MacDonald QC, has supported calls made by the Government spending watchdog to make sure that people who are no longer eligible for civil legal aid can still get access to justice.

  • 25 November 2014 - Bar Council statement on the National Audit Office's report - Implementing Reforms to Civil Legal Aid