News and press releases

  • 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.

  • 3 February 2015 - The Bar Council is calling for applications from the young Bar for the 2015 International Legal and Professional Development Grant Programme.

  • 2 February 2015 - The annual Authorisation to Practise process has now opened, featuring a new method for calculating a barristers’ Practising Certificate Fee (PCF).

  • 30 January 2015 - Setting up a Privacy and Civil Liberties Board to scrutinise terror legislation has been costed at up to £800,000 per year, but removing restrictions on David Anderson QC, who the Government already pays to do this, and allowing him to review all relevant terror laws, would certainly be cheaper, and would most likely be more effective.

  • 23 January 2015 - Alistair MacDonald QC, Chairman of the Bar said: “Reform of parts of the criminal justice system is long overdue. Greater efficiency is in the interests of all those involved in the justice system. We look forward to looking in detail at Sir Brian’s recommendations.

  • 20 January 2015 - The Law Society, Bar Council, The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and National Union of Journalists (NUJ) have come together as the Professionals for Information Privacy Coalition to express a shared concern in response to the current proposals contained in the draft code of practice for RIPA.

  • 19 January 2015 - Small businesses chasing late payments and other debts could be disproportionately hit by the Ministry of Justice’s plans, announced today, to impose a 5% court fee on such claims, warns the Bar Council.