News and press releases

  • April 2016

    1 April 2016 - The Investigatory Powers Bill jeopardises the client's right to speak with their lawyer in confidence and threatens the anonymity of journalists' sources and whistleblowers. If you want to help, please send the email below to your MP explaining that you would like them to attend the Speak in Safety event on Monday 11 April, Committee Room 11, 17.00 - 18.30.

  • March 2016

    24 March 2016 - The Legal Director has become the first law firm regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to sign up to the Bar Council’s escrow account BARCO.

  • 23 March 2016 - The Bar Council has rolled out a compendium of FAQs specifically to help chambers complete compulsory monitoring and reporting on the profile of barristers and staff. The move comes after the Bar Council’s Equality & Diversity Helpline received a number of calls with queries from chambers about the process, which must take place at least every three years.

  • 22 March 2016 - The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (BHRC) and The Bar Council of England and Wales are extremely concerned to hear reports of raids on the houses of nine lawyers in Istanbul in the early hours of 16 March 2016.

  • 18 March 2016 - The Bar Council has warned that the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Budget announcement that the Insurance Premium Tax will go up yet again is another barrier for hardworking individuals and families seeking justice.

  • 15 March 2016 - Members of Parliament will today have the opportunity to debate the Investigatory Powers Bill in the House for the first time. The Bar Council explains where the Bill has gone wrong and looks forward to working with members on all sides of the House at committee stage to put in place proper protections for the right of citizens to consult with their lawyer in confidence.

  • 15 March 2016 - The Bar Council of England and Wales will sponsor the category for Legal Aid Barrister at the 14th Legal Aid Practitioners Group Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year (LALY) awards.

  • 10 March 2016 - Despite recently announced changes to the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT), which include raising the pass mark, the Bar Council believes the test is still inadequate as a mechanism to filter applicants who have no prospect of obtaining pupillage or practising as a barrister. Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, Chairman of the Bar, said: “Over 1,500 students enrol on the BPTC each year, which costs between £12,000 and £19,000 in tuition fees alone, but there are only around 400 pupillages available.