News and press releases

  • 17 October 2015 - There should be a complete ban on all fees paid by advocates to instructing solicitors to prevent attempts to disguise referral fee payments as 'administration fees', the Chairman of the Bar has told delegates at the annual Bar Conference and Young Bar Conference today.

  • 17 October 2015 - Barristers in their early years of practice will be further supported through the development of a new toolkit and online hub, both of which address some of the key issues relevant to the Young Bar.

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

  • 14 October 2015 - Vulnerable people are still reeling from the impact of Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, the Chairman of the Bar warns MPs, ahead of tomorrow's Commons debate. Alistair MacDonald QC said:"People who cannot afford legal advice and representation are often among the most vulnerable in society and they are still reeling from the impact of LASPO.

  • 13 October 2015 - Defendants accused of a crime they have not committed will be incentivised to plead guilty to avoid new court charges in criminal cases, warns the Bar Council ahead of a debate in the House of Lords. The Bar Council says the huge difference in charges imposed on those who have been convicted after a trial instead of pleading guilty may well influence a defendant’s decision whether to plead guilty or not guilty.

  • 5 October 2015 - The Bar Council has been out in force at the Labour conference and is set to attend the Conservative Party conference this week to deliver a clear message to politicians and party activists – that justice is a precious asset which needs to be protected.

  • 1 October 2015 - A Bar Council working group has today put forward to the Ministry of Justice a completely re-drawn graduated fee scheme for advocacy in Crown Court cases. For legally aided criminal defence cases in the Crown Court where the trial is expected to last between 1 to 60 days, the defence advocate is paid by a formula in the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS).

  • 1 October 2015 - The Bar Council has today welcomed Ministry of Justice’s consultation, Preserving and Enhancing the Quality of Criminal Advocacy, which was published today.