News and press releases

  • 13 January 2015 - This is a document produced jointly by the Bar Council, The Law Society and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives to brief MPs on the potential damage caused to the legal process of judicial review by Part 4 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill.

  • 23 December 2014 - The outgoing chairman of the Bar Council, Nicholas Lavender QC, has helped to secure reassurance from the Lord Chancellor that only those advocates with the sufficient training and experience will be able to represent defendants in the Crown Court.

  • 18 December 2014 - The Bar Council offices will be closed over the Christmas period from 12:00 on Tuesday 23 December 2014 until 09.15 on Monday 5 January 2015. The Ethical Enquiries Service will also be closed during this period. For any urgent press enquiries, please contact the press office on

  • 9 December 2014 - Legal chiefs and academics today demanded new laws to stop police and security services from spying on meetings between lawyers and their clients. The Bar Council and the Law Society have for years argued that codes to protect legal professional privilege from state surveillance and acquisition of communications data are weak and ineffectual. Today, together with the Faculty of Advocates, they issued a declaration to pursue the goal of tougher legislation.

  • 9 December 2014 - Incoming Chairman of the Bar Council, Alistair MacDonald QC, has pledged he will “continue the excellent work” started by predecessors Maura McGowan QC and outgoing Chairman, Nicholas Lavender QC, in preventing further cuts to legal aid, in order to defend a “proud and independent profession.”

  • 8 December 2014 - Just one day before the Lords vote on Government attempts to restrict judicial review, Bar Council Chairman Nicholas Lavender explains why the Lord Chancellor cannot be the judge in his own case.

  • 4 December 2014 - The Bar Council responds to the Bar Standard Board’s (BSB) authorisation approval by the Legal Services Board (LSB) to become a regulator of entities

  • 2 December 2014 - Former Vice-President of The International Court of Justice and Former Prime Minister of Jordan, Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh, will tonight provide a unique insight into the challenges of developing rule of law in the Middle Eastern region when he delivers the Bar Council’s Annual International Rule of Law Lecture.