Bar Council responds to publication of LETR

25 June 2013

The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has responded to the Legal Education and Training Review (LETR), which was published today.

Maura McGowan QC, Chairman of the Bar, said:

"We welcome the publication of the LETR, which we have been expecting and anticipating for some time. Entrance to the profession remains one of our biggest challenges and one which we take exceptionally seriously.

"As a profession, we are committed to attracting a diverse pool of the most talented applicants. However, we also recognise the shrinking number of places available, particularly at the publicly funded Bar, and the rising cost of entering the profession. To that extent, a wholesale review of training is welcome. 

"This is a lengthy review, which we will wish properly to consider and digest before offering a fuller response. It recognises that the current system of legal services education and training provides, for the most part, a good standard of education and training. This will provide a solid foundation for ensuring that the system remains fit for the future.

"A number of the proposals relating to training for the Bar appear to be sensible and rational developments of legal training, in keeping with the emerging legal services infrastructure. Indeed, much of this work was already underway, either preceding the LETR or in tandem with it. We will take time to examine carefully the full impact of the recommendations and provide our own suggestions for improving the system in due course to ensure that our collective objectives can be met."



Notes to editors

1. Further information is available from the Bar Council Press Office on 020 7222 2525.

2. The Bar Council represents barristers in England and Wales. It promotes:

  • The Bar's high quality specialist advocacy and advisory services

  • Fair access to justice for all

  • The highest standards of ethics, equality and diversity across the profession, and

  • The development of business opportunities for barristers at home and abroad.

 The General Council of the Bar is the Approved Regulator of the Bar of England and Wales. It discharges its regulatory functions through the independent Bar Standards Board