News and press releases

  • 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.

  • 14 January 2015 - The Bar Council has congratulated those appointed Queen’s Counsel in the 2014-2015 competition.

  • 13 January 2015 - The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), The Law Society and the Bar Council have today urged MPs to amend legislation that would make it harder for their local constituents to stop public authorities making decisions unlawfully.

  • 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