News and press releases

  • 31 March 2015 - Criminal Justice, Advocacy and the Bar A new report by His Honour Geoffrey Rivlin QC, chair of the Criminal Justice Reform Group, commissioned by the Bar Council, sets out key recommendations for sustaining the criminal justice system in England & Wales.

  • 31 March 2015 - Candidates vying for election on May 7 have given legal professional bodies and legal aid charities a boost, heaping praise on their manifesto which calls for politicians to focus more on justice.

  • 26 March 2015 - Following the success of the inaugural Brazilian-British Lawyers Exchange Programme in November 2014, which saw Brazilian lawyers head to England to work alongside their counterparts, the return leg of the programme in which a group of junior barristers and solicitors will visit Brazil for two weeks in May 2015 is now open for applications.

  • 26 March 2015 - As the general election draws near, politicians are missing out on a key vote winner: justice. That is why a coalition of legal aid organisations and professional bodies has today published ‘A Manifesto for Justice’.

  • 25 March 2015 - The Bar Council is raising the Bar’s international profile by embarking on a new business development mission to Kazakhstan.

  • 24 March 2015 - Twelve chambers have received the Friends in Law special award in recognition of their generous support to both the Bar Pro Bono Unit (BPBU) and Free Representation Unit (FRU).

  • 24 March 2015 - The Bar Council, in collaboration with Beyond Borders, has launched a new mentorship programme for Omani Lawyers.

  • 13 March 2015 - “If Parliament passes new laws on surveillance and intelligence, conversations between lawyers and clients must stay out of bounds for the security services,” said Chairman of the Bar, Alistair MacDonald QC, responding to today’s intelligence and security report.