Parliament and Government

  • 23 March 2016 - This is the Bar Council's written submission to the Investigatory Powers Bill Standing Committee. The submission contains draft amendments that will give greater protection to legally privileged communications between clients and their legal representatives.

  • 9 December 2014 - A declaration made jointly on 9 December by the Faculty of Advocates and the Bar Councils and Law Societies of England and Wales, and Northern Ireland, and the Law Society of Scotland.

  • 9 December 2014 - Remarks made at the Faculty of Advocates by Alistair MacDonald QC, Chairman Elect, the Bar Council on the importance of legal professional privilege.

  • 19 November 2014 - The response to the Bar Council and Law Society letter of 24 October, from Immigration and Security Minister, James Brokenshire, revealed the Minister did not believe that communications data should be covered by Legal Professional Privilege.

  • 24 October 2014 - This is a copy of the letter written by the Bar Council and The Law Society to the Immigration and Security Minister, James Brokenshire MP, asking for assurances that measures would be introduced to ensure that, in response to the DRIPA legislation, Legal Professional Privilege would be protected.

  • 21 February 2012 - In 2012, the Bar Council produced a briefing note on Legal Professional Privilege to explain how the RIPA and the 2009 House of Lords judgement had diminished the protection of this legal principle. The Bar Council proposed that this should be rectified via primary legislation, through an amendment to the Draft Communications Data Bill. Baroness Hamwee had indicated her intention to use the House of Lords' scrutiny of the Justice and Security Bill to remedy this deficit.

  • 1 February 2012 - During the passage of the Protection of Freedoms Bill in 2012, the Bar Council proposed a new clause to protect Legal Professional Privilege.