News and press releases

  • 13 November 2015 - Chairman of the Bar Alistair MacDonald QC said:“The Bar Council has always opposed the two-tier scheme and has consistently asked the Ministry of Justice and the Legal Aid Agency to re-consider these plans. We therefore welcome today’s decision to postpone the implementation of the scheme in the light of the legal challenges which have been brought.

  • 5 November 2015 - Alistair MacDonald QC, Chairman of the Bar, comments on the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill

  • 22 October 2015 - The statutory protection of legally privileged communications between lawyers and their clients should be high on the agenda when Parliament debates major new surveillance legislation next month. The Bar Council and The Law Society have called for legal professional privilege to receive statutory protection in the forthcoming Investigatory Powers Bill.

  • 22 October 2015 - Expressions of interest are invited from practising employed Juniors under 7 years’ call who wish to join Bar Council for 2016.

  • 22 October 2015 - The results of the election for the 2016 Bar Council have now been announced.

  • 20 October 2015 - Joseph Middleton of Doughty Street Chambers has won this year’s Bar Pro Bono Award for his outstanding international human rights work.

  • 20 October 2015 - Consumers, the public and businesses can now save money by going directly to a barrister instead of having to go through a solicitor when they need a lawyer, thanks to a new website.

  • 19 October 2015 - Bar Council Legal Reporting Awards 2015 - Winners announced A young man jailed for a crime he did not commit is refused compensation, and an elderly patient is kept against her wishes in a care home and denied proper representation in the Court of Protection: these are the Bar Council 2015 Legal Reporting Award winning stories.