News and press releases

  • 19 May 2016 - The Legal Services Board (LSB) has recommended to the Lord Chancellor that the Bar Standards Board (BSB) should be permitted to regulate Alternative Business Structures (ABSs). Director of Policy at the Bar Council Philip Robertson said:“Today’s announcement paves the way for barristers who wish to do so to practise in BSB-regulated Alternative Business Structures. Giving barristers more freedom of choice as to how they provide legal services supports innovation and widens the range of options available to the consumer.”

  • 18 May 2016 - The Chairman of the Bar has responded to the Queen’s Speech, delivered today. Chairman of the Bar, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC said:“Today’s Queen’s Speech, delivered against the backdrop of continued economic austerity, highlighted the Government’s drive to cut public expenditure further and to reform public services. It is vital that access to justice does not become a casualty of the Government’s efforts to reduce the deficit and introduce reforms to the court service."

  • 18 May 2016 - The Chairman of the Bar Council, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC has signalled agreement with the Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) concern for equality and diversity in the profession. As the independent regulator reported in its recently published Risk Outlook yesterday, the Bar Council also welcomed the focus on access to justice and on ensuring that consumers’ needs are properly met following the prolonged period of cuts to our system of justice.

  • 13 May 2016 - Online wellbeing portal due to be launched this year

  • 11 May 2016 - Bar Council response to the Legal Services Board Regulatory Standards report.

  • 10 May 2016 - Andrew Langdon QC confirmed as Chairman of the Bar 2017

  • 5 May 2016 - What is it the Bar Council does? Here's a glimpse of just some of the work we have done in April 2016.

  • 28 April 2016 - The protection of consumers "has to be paramount" when it comes to unregulated, uninsured and untrained McKenzie Friends charging fees to people in court, the Chairman of the Bar, Chantal-Aimee Doerries QC, told BBC listeners.