News and press releases

  • 24 May 2013 - Alistair MacDonald QC has been named the Vice Chairman-Elect of the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, following a contested election. He will take up the post of Vice-Chairman on 1 January 2014.

  • 21 May 2013 - A ComRes poll, commissioned by the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, today shows that seven out of ten (71%) of the British public are concerned that cuts to legal aid could lead to innocent people being convicted of crimes they did not commit. The poll, published this morning, also shows that two-thirds (67%) of the British public agree that legal aid is a price worth paying for living in a fair society.

  • 21 May 2013 - Update to the profession: The deadline for consultation responses is fast approaching. Our arguments are gaining traction and there are plenty of things we can all do to help advance them further. Today, we are releasing research that shows that a large majority of the public believes that our legal aid system is good value for money and they're worried that vulnerable people will suffer the most from cuts.

  • 15 May 2013 - The Bar Council and the Bar Standards Board are carrying out the second biennial survey of the Bar, the results of which will inform strategic planning and provide information on the working lives of barristers.

  • 14 May 2013 - The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has appointed a new Chief Executive. Stephen Crowne, who will take up the post on Monday 3 June, joins with wide-ranging experience of public and private sector leadership, most recently as Senior Director, Global Education, at Cisco, one of the world’s leading providers of networking equipment.

  • 14 May 2013 - Representatives of the Law Society and the Bar Council have joined forces with wider practitioner bodies to oppose the Ministry of Justice Consultation on proposed savage cuts to the funding of the Criminal Legal Aid Budget, the introduction of Price Competitive Tendering and other changes to the criminal justice system.

  • 7 May 2013 - The Bar Council’s General Management Committee last week approved public affairs and communications strategies for our campaign of opposition to the wide-ranging changes proposed in the legal aid consultation paper. With MPs returning to Westminster tomorrow, I am now asking every member of the Bar to write to their MP, expressing their concern.

  • 3 May 2013 - The development of our response to the Ministry of Justice's legal aid consultation continues. Our working groups are preparing the Bar’s collective responses. We have partnered with 38 Degrees, a hugely influential campaigning group with a grassroots membership of over a million people, to raise awareness of the impact the Government’s proposals.