CALLING ALL JOURNALISTS - The Bar Council's 29th Legal Reporting Awards competition is now open, with a new process to allow greater recognition of journalists that make the shortlist, before announcing the winners.

The competition is open to print/online and broadcast journalists in recognition of the media's role in promoting a greater understanding of the law to the public. The winning entries in each category will be awarded £1,000 in prize money.

Amanda Pinto QC, Chair of the Bar, said: “This year, journalists have dedicated huge amounts of time and energy to increase the public’s understanding of the effects of the pandemic on all aspects of our society, including the justice system. The ever-changing nature of Covid-19 has meant providing people with accurate and timely information has been a significant challenge to the media. We are delighted to recognise the commitment of broadcast and print/online journalists to explaining and highlighting the constraints the legal sector and the justice system have been under during these uncertain times.”

Please find attached instructions on how to enter the competition. Entries close on 12 November 2020 and the winners will be announced in both the print/online category and broadcast category in December.

Entries should be sent to by the entry deadline.




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