Bar Council responds to MoJ statement on Court and Tribunal reform

26 March 2013

The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has responded to this morning's Written Ministerial Statement on Court and Tribunal reform by the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling. This comes a day after a Bar Council Working Group published its own recommendations for civil litigation reform.

Maura McGowan QC, Chairman of the Bar, said:

"This is a time of unprecedented change in the market for the provision of legal services, and more than ever before, parties to disputes are looking at alternative means to resolve them. 

"We welcome any move which ensures we have a justice system which is accessible, efficient and operates in the public interest. As the recommendations of a Bar Council Working Group show, in order to remain competitive and efficient, we need continually to review and evolve our high quality dispute resolution services.

"We agree with the views expressed by the Lord Chief Justice, that it is appropriate to look at better ways of ensuring that the Court and Tribunal service is adequately funded to meet the diverse requirements of a modern justice system. We look forward to working with the Ministry of Justice as it considers more detailed proposals". 


Notes to editors:

1. For further information, please contact the Bar Council Press Office on 020 7222 2525 or

2. The Bar Council Working Group paper can be found here.

3. 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.