News and press releases

  • 15 November 2018 - In response to reports that Asia Bibi’s lawyer, Saif Ul Malook, has received death threats and been granted temporary asylum in the Netherlands, legal leaders in England and Wales have made statements.

  • 12 November 2018 - A new partnership has today been announced between the Bar Council and Health Assured to offer a new Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) to the entire self-employed Bar, generously funded by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF). This marks a significant increase in assistance available to members of the Bar as part of the Wellbeing at the Bar programme.

  • 9 November 2018 - The Chair of the Bar has sent a strong message to solicitors about the need to challenge clients who discriminate against barristers because of their gender, race or any other protected characteristic.

  • 6 November 2018 - Scam warning for barristers and chambers

  • 1 November 2018 - New research commissioned by the Bar Council reveals the full scale of a decade of dis-investment in justice and argues that decisions to make wholesale budget cuts cannot be blamed on austerity measures alone.

  • 30 October 2018 - Chancellor of the Exchequer invited to see the effect of lack of investment in the justice system

  • 26 October 2018 - Justice is as important to most people as health and education, according to far-reaching research into public attitudes to the justice system in England and Wales, but only 20% think there is sufficient funding in place for those who need legal advice.

  • 25 October 2018 - Legislation passed five years ago has failed to meet its aims and has created an unfair and inefficient justice system, says the Bar Council as new research shows the true impact of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO).