News and press releases

  • 18 January 2016 - Following calls from students and chambers, the Bar Council will be moving the Pupillage Gateway timetable starting in January 2017.

  • 13 January 2016 - Sam Mercer, Head of Equality and Diversity at the Bar Council said:"This year's QC appointments raises two big questions: Why are so few women applying to join the top ranks of the profession, and why are ethnic minority barristers not succeeding at the same rate as their white counterparts?"

  • 13 January 2016 - Justice Minister Andrew Selous MP has explained the authorisation process for listening in to communications between lawyers and clients in prisons. The parliamentary written answer, published yesterday, suggests that the prison service effectively self-authorises breaches of legal professional privilege (LPP).

  • 7 January 2016 - Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC has become the new Chairman of the Bar, taking over from outgoing Chairman Alistair MacDonald QC in leading the Bar Council, the representative body for barristers in England & Wales. Joining her at the Bar Council helm in 2016 is Andrew Langdon QC who becomes Vice-Chairman of the Bar.

  • 21 December 2015 - As 2015 draws to a close, we reflect on the Bar Council's key achievements and activities over the year. A great deal was accomplished and, inevitably for an ambitious organisation, there is still much to do throughout 2016. View our timeline of key highlights here.

  • 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.