2015

  • 17 December 2015 - Chairman of the Bar, Alistair MacDonald QC has responded to a report published by the Ministry of Justice on the fees paid to junior barristers for Crown Court defence legal aid work under the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS).

  • 9 December 2015 - The Bar Council will invite members of the profession to review its approved budget proposals for 2016/17 to fund the regulatory activities of the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the representation and support activities of the Bar Council.

  • 9 December 2015 - Budding barrister Emma Jane Fitzsimons has won £4,000 in a Bar Council essay competition by taking a swipe at the Government’s deliberate killing of two British citizens in lethal drone strikes this summer.

  • 8 December 2015 - Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, the incoming Chairman of the Bar, has said that the Bar remains a profession and not a business in her inaugural speech last night (Monday 7 December 2015) at Inner Temple.

  • 7 December 2015 - Evolve Family Law, which recently became a Bar Standards Board (BSB) entity, has opted to use BARCO, the Bar Council’s third party escrow account.

  • 3 December 2015 - The Chairman-Elect of the Bar, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC responded today to the Lord Chancellor’s announcement that the criminal courts charge will be scrapped. She said: “The Bar Council welcomes the decision of the Ministry of Justice to scrap the criminal courts charge. The charge created a perverse incentive to plead guilty, negated the principle of judicial discretion, reduced compensation awards and was never likely to raise the funds anticipated.