News and press releases

  • 3 March 2015 - Reducing the financial risk of training for the Bar is key to bringing greater diversity to the profession, according to the Bar Council which today responded to plans designed to overhaul barrister training and relax rules on colleges and Chambers.

  • 2 March 2015 - People lacking mental capacity and their families should not be forced to pay enhanced court fees in the Court of Protection, the Bar Council has warned the Government in response to its Part 2 consultation on 'enhanced' court fees.

  • 23 February 2015 - The Ministry of Justice’s decision to reinstate funding for DNA tests that determine parentage in family court cases was the right thing to do, says the Bar Council after Justice Minister Simon Hughes announced funds for between £500,000 and £1m a year to pay for tests.

  • 19 February 2015 - The Government yesterday admitted that security service eavesdropping on conversations between lawyers and clients breaches our right to privacy and is unlawful, but this should come as no surprise, according to the Bar Council.

  • 18 February 2015 - The Bar will have the chance to flex its global muscles at the Global Law Summit (GLS) in London next week with 29 chambers taking part in the event, which will see legal chiefs and business leaders from across the world link up.

  • 17 February 2015 - The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has this week launched the second Bar Placement Week in Leeds and Manchester in partnership with Pathways to Law.

  • 12 February 2015 - Global Law Summit - London, 23-25 February A great opportunity to develop your practice relating to Kazakhstan and other promising jurisdictions

  • 4 February 2015 - Chairman of the Bar, Alistair MacDonald QC, has supported calls made by the Government spending watchdog to make sure that people who are no longer eligible for civil legal aid can still get access to justice.