News and press releases

  • 26 March 2015 - As the general election draws near, politicians are missing out on a key vote winner: justice. That is why a coalition of legal aid organisations and professional bodies has today published ‘A Manifesto for Justice’.

  • 25 March 2015 - The Bar Council is raising the Bar’s international profile by embarking on a new business development mission to Kazakhstan.

  • 24 March 2015 - Twelve chambers have received the Friends in Law special award in recognition of their generous support to both the Bar Pro Bono Unit (BPBU) and Free Representation Unit (FRU).

  • 24 March 2015 - The Bar Council, in collaboration with Beyond Borders, has launched a new mentorship programme for Omani Lawyers.

  • 13 March 2015 - “If Parliament passes new laws on surveillance and intelligence, conversations between lawyers and clients must stay out of bounds for the security services,” said Chairman of the Bar, Alistair MacDonald QC, responding to today’s intelligence and security report.

  • 12 March 2015 - Responding to today’s report from the Justice Committee, Alistair MacDonald QC, Chairman of the Bar said: “We have reached a watershed moment in the administration of justice. “The contents of this report were, unfortunately, entirely predictable. The findings and recommendations come as no surprise to any professional giving legal advice to vulnerable people.

  • 11 March 2015 - Nominations are now open for the 2015 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards, which recognises the invaluable work undertaken by lawyers and advisers working in the publicly-funded sector.

  • 10 March 2015 - The legal sector brings in “big money” to the UK - money that will be lost if successive governments continue to neglect the rule of law and forget that this is what helps draw in so much foreign business and investment, MP and Peers were told today.