News and press releases

  • 19 August 2015 - There are many ways to get involved with the Bar Council and have a greater say on issues affecting the Bar and the wider legal sector, as well as play a part in raising the profession’s profile and helping the next generation of barristers develop their careers. Below are the many ways barristers can get involved with the work of the Bar Council, the national representative body for barristers in England & Wales.

  • 18 August 2015 - In response to changes in legislation, from 2016 legally qualified Chairs will replace Police Chairs on Police Misconduct Panels. These Panels preside over serious misconduct cases in what is an important aspect of the disciplinary rules that govern the police.

  • 12 August 2015 - The Bar Council is to delve deeper into the impact of moving the Pupillage Gateway annual opening from April to January.

  • 10 August 2015 - The Bar Council's 2015 Legal Reporting Awards are now open to entries with £1,000 prize money on offer to the winners of each category. Now in its 24th year, the competition is open to print, online and broadcast journalists in recognition of the media's role in civil society; helping the public to understand legal issues and holding authority to account.

  • 23 July 2015 - The Bar Council has today published Snapshot:The experience of self-employed women at the Bar, which goes alongside Momentum Measures: Creating a diverse profession.

  • 22 July 2015 - The Bar Council welcomes today’s Supreme Court judgment which means that the original cost agreements in on going cases, entered in to by lawyers and their clients under pre Jackson CFA or ATE arrangements, will be upheld. Prior to today’s judgment the recovery of costs under on-going CFAs, as determined by the pre Jackson scheme, had been in question.

  • 17 July 2015 - The Bar of England and Wales is working to secure the release of at least 15 Chinese human rights lawyers who it is believed have been detained against their will since 13 July.

  • 17 July 2015 - Chairman of the Bar, Alistair MacDonald QC has responded to today’s High Court declaration that the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIPA) 2014 is unlawful.