4 September 2017


CALLING ALL JOURNALISTS - The Bar Council's 26th Legal Reporting Awards competition is now open. The competition is open to print/ online and broadcast journalists in recognition of the media's role in promoting a greater understanding of the law to the public. The winning entries in each category will be awarded £1,000 in prize money.

Last year, the legal industry faced some unique challenges, some anticipated and others unexpected. Against this background, the media has been a critical and influential medium between the public, the legal services sector, and Government.

Andrew Langdon QC, Chair of the Bar said:

"The media plays a vital role in our democratic society. It influences public opinion and helps to shape policy on law and justice, and provides critical insight into the issues confronting the legal profession itself."

The awards will be presented on the 4th November at the Annual Bar Conference in Westminster.

In 2016, the broadcast category was won by Danny Shaw and Ian Muir-Cochrane for 'Prosecutors on Trial'. Joint winners for the print / online category were Louise Tickle for her Guardian article, 'I have panic attacks when I see my ex - fighting for custody after legal aid cuts', and Caroline Binham for her Financial Times article, 'Watching the insiders - Operation Tabernula'. To read more on 2016 Legal Reporting Awards prize winners, visit the Bar Council website.

Full instructions on how to enter the competition are available here.





Notes to Editors

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