Press release archive
Bar Council press releases
Sir Ernest Ryder, Senior President of Tribunals, Caroline Wilson, Former British Consul-General to Hong Kong and Macao, and the President of the Malaysian Bar and Chairman of the Bar Council in Malaysia, Steven Thiru, have been announced as the keynote speakers for the 31st Annual Bar & Young Bar Conference on 15 October 2016 in London.
End of year round-up of highlights from the Law Reform, Regulatory Affairs and Ethics Policy team.
End of year round-up of highlights from the Legal Practice and Remuneration Policy team.
End of year round-up of highlights from the Diversity & Inclusion and CSR Policy team (which includes Education, Young Bar and Employed Bar).
End of year round-up of highlights from the International Policy team.
Andrew Granville Stafford, member of the Bar Council, the Bar Council Ethics Committee and Chair of the Bar Council’s Direct Access Panel, blogs on new developments that public access barristers need to be aware of, including a new client care letter.
The winner of this year’s Bar Council Law Reform essay competition, Penny Tridimas, guest blog on how the world of arbitration could learn from civil procedure to overcome shortcomings
Barrister-at-law Karen Safo on what you can do to foster inclusion at the Bar
CALLING ALL JOURNALISTS - The Bar Council's 28th Legal Reporting Awards competition is now open.
Karen Safo, barrister at law and human rights activist, asks in her guest blog for BarTalk whether initiatives aimed at diversifying the profession are enough and that becoming a barrister is about feeling included and a sense of belonging
Abimbola Johnson, barrister at 25 Bedford Row, writes in BarTalk on why it is important for non-black members of the profession to consider how they view Black History Month, particularly if their workplace and social circle is not particularly diverse.
Barrister Miranda Grell of 10 King’s Bench Walk Chambers guest blogs for BarTalk in Black History Month on the progress as well as the remaining challenges in diversity at the Bar.
The results of the Bar Council 2020 elections have been announced.
Chair of the Bar Richard Atkins QC reacts to the 2019 Queen's Speech.
MyBar is undergoing temporary maintenance work
Barrister and 2018 Bar Council Social Mobility Advocate, Natasha Shotunde explains how the ‘I Am the Bar’ campaign was just the beginning in promoting equality and making the profession more accessible
Mass Ndow-Njie, pupil barrister at the Government Legal Department, blogs about valuing what makes you different to secure pupillage.
Barristers' income from international work
The Bar Council's Party Conference briefing sends a clear message to party policy-makers
2020 Bar Council election
Richard Atkins QC, Chair of the Bar, responds to National Audit Office report on HM Courts and Tribunal Service’s (HMCTS) courts modernisation programme
The Bar Council expects the Government to uphold the rule of law in this country.
The Bar Council expects the Government to uphold the rule of law in this country.
The Bar Council has appointed Piran Dhillon-Starkings as Advisor to the Chair of the Bar, following Mark Hatcher’s decision to leave the Bar Council to devote more time to his role as Reader of the Temple.
The Bar Council, which represents all barristers in England and Wales, is launching an anti-bullying and harassment online tool that will be available for barristers this autumn.
Additional funding for criminal justice system in the Spending Review, but is it enough?
Axis Solicitors take a look at the latest developments in Calais for migrants, many of whom are asylum seekers trying to reach the UK, and how their rights need to be taken into account.
Elections for the 2020 Bar Council of England and Wales
Transparency Project blogs for the Bar Council on how a new pilot is taking place which will allow lawyers to attend court “for journalistic, research or public legal educational purposes”.
Immigration solicitor Anne Morris and barrister Patrick Lewis ask how UK immigration reform and a no deal Brexit will be achievable when the Home Office and immigration courts are already struggling under the current status quo
Responding to reports on Twitter that Crown Courts across England & Wales were sitting empty on Monday, the Bar Council, which represents all barristers in England and Wales, has issued a statement.
Notice of the 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Bar of England & Wales
Chair of the Bar's reaction to the latest criminal justice statistics
Treasury to give Crown Prosecution Service £85 million over two years
Barristers to ditch paper ballots for Bar Council vote
As work progresses on the review of Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) fees, it is important that all members of the criminal Bar who undertake prosecution work are given the opportunity to engage and contribute to this work. To enable this, a number of reference groups will be established that will meet to discuss the key outputs of the review and gain feedback.
"The reason I want to be a barrister is this: the feeling of being able to guide people through what will probably be the highest highs of their lives, or their lowest lows"
Bar Council responds to Judicial Diversity Statistics 2019
The Bar Council's work over the last 125 years
The Legal Aid Agency’s (LAA) Antony Leal guest blogs for BarTalk on the progress made in key meetings between the LAA, the Bar Council and Family Law Bar Association
City of London Corporation and Bar Council celebrate 100 years of women in law and 125 years of the Bar Council
What's in a name? Commercial Director Dr Isabel DiVanna is looking for a new, more appropriate name for the Bar Representation Fee (BRF)
On Thursday 20 June 2019, the Law Society of England and Wales, the Bar Council of England and Wales and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) will join together to launch a Women in Law Pledge at the Law Society's international symposium on gender equality.
Bar Council comments on the decision of the Chief Executive of Hong Kong to suspend the process of amending the extradition laws of the Special Administrative Region.
Highlights from the first of an innovative approach to making the profession more socially mobile
New approach to gaining insights to the Bar
CBA ballots on action over prosecution and defence fees
Susan Acland-Hood, Chief Executive of HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) on working with the Bar Council on improving court security and easier access for legal professionals
This week, the Bar Council opens its long-standing Law Reform Essay Competition, which offers a total of £10,000 prize money to winners. The competition has been running for over 10 years and has helped contribute to the costs of qualification as a barrister for many aspiring barristers.
Andrew Granville Stafford, Chair of the Direct Access Panel blogs on the new BSB rules aiming to improve transparency in the areas of price, service and redress for the benefit of barristers’ clients.
The Bar Council comments on the International Bar Association's report that a third of women in the legal profession have been sexually harassed.
The Bar Council welcomes the BSB’s consultation on the recruitment timetable and written pupillage agreements.
Dr Isabel DiVanna, Commercial Director at the Bar Council explains why the support barristers have pledged to the Bar Council is so important.
The legal professions of England and Wales - solicitors, barristers and Chartered Legal Executives are joining together to mark Pride events in Birmingham, Bristol, Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Cardiff and London.
Bar Council backs new judicial diversity move
Survey shows 95 per cent of criminal barristers would walk out or refuse to take cases over low pay
J.S. von Dacre of the Immigration Advice Service guest blogs for the Bar Council on the government’s new Domestic Abuse Bill and gives an analysis of the protections the Bill provides for refugee and migrant victims of domestic abuse.
Radcliffe Chambers barrister Kate Selway tells us about a new chambers diversity initiative which she helped to develop and which recently won “Bar diversity and inclusion initiative of the year” at this year’s Diversity Legal Awards.
The Bar Council of England and Wales and the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (BHRC) have sent a letter to President Erdogan of Turkey urging immediate action by Turkish authorities to protect lawyers and safeguard the rule of law in Turkey.
An international delegation of lawyers led by the Colombia Caravana (UK), coordinated with the Bar Human Rights Committee (England & Wales) and the Faculty of Advocates' Human Rights and Rule of Law Committee (Scotland), supported by the Alliance for Lawyers at Risk, is in Colombia this week to observe final hearings in the case 'Los Doce Apostoles'. The victim's family are represented by Daniel Prado Albarracin, a Colombian human rights lawyer who has represented families of enforced disappearance since the early 1990s.
The Bar Council has met with HMCTS to clarify the correct position on which court bundles barristers and solicitors are required under data protection laws to remove from court, following some confusion about notices posted in courts which did not distinguish between papers belonging to representatives and those served on the court. HMCTS has now issued a joint notice confirming that only those bundles belonging to barristers and solicitors should be removed by them.
The coveted Bar Mock Trials National Champions title has gone to King Edward VI Handsworth School after its team won the Bar Council backed contest which sees non-fee paying schools compete against each other in mock court trials.
Carolyn Entwistle, the Bar Council's Head of Services to the Bar, answers questions about the work of the Bar Council
CPS lawyers are to receive a pay increase
Subscribe to the Bar Representation Fee and renew your practising certificate
Barrister and social mobility advocate James Keeley and four other Middle Templers are running London
Get your chambers’ views heard by the Bar Council
New Quay HR highlight what barristers’ chambers need to watch out for in 2019
The Bar Council has responded to the announcement that HM Courts & Tribunals Service is extending its reform programme, pushing the finish date to 2023, a year later than previously planned.
The Bar Council responds to Lord Pannick QC's suggestion in The Times (21 February 2019) for the Bar Council to set up a mentoring panel of senior women barristers, highlighting support already in place.
Law Fairs: a guest blog by Rose Malleson, Policy Assistant, Bar Council
Bar leaders produce guide for barristers on how to deal with judicial bullying
The Bar Council in the news - a round-up of the Bar Council in the press
This week, the Bar Council holds its fifth annual Bar Placement Week (North) in Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester.
Gateway to stay open for applications until 11am on Monday 11 February
GDPR blog: Chapter One
Legal professional privilege at our borders
Disappointment at LASPO Review
The Bar Council of England and Wales expresses grave concerns about the recent conviction of Chinese human rights lawyer, Wang Quanzhang.
Ministry of Justice IT systems failure. This is the message sent to the profession on Wednesday 23 January 2019 from Richard Atkins QC.
This year, Day of the Endangered Lawyer draws attention to the situation in Turkey. The Bar Council has repeatedly raised concerns around the ongoing and large-scale prosecution of judges, lawyers, journalists and human rights defenders in Turkey.
We want to know what we can do to encourage you to keep supporting our work for years to come, says Dr Isabel DiVanna, the Bar Council’s Commercial Director.
The Bar Council has contacted the Ministry of Justice and HMCTS for an update on the IT problems which are reportedly causing major disruption to their systems.
Fake HMRC calls
New annual chambers membership launched
EU institutions currently have the power to fine the UK millions of euros if it fails to address breaches of EU set pollution limits, but who will police the Government on environmental standards when we leave the EU?
Bar Council Legal Reporting Awards: Winners announced
Chair of the Bar Council’s Brexit Working Group, Hugh Mercer QC, explains the options for the UK following Parliament’s rejection of the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal.
The Bar Council has published a three-part Youtube mini-series featuring barrister and Brexit Working Group member Anneli Howard of Monckton Chambers.
Trends in diversity are encouraging
Sam Mercer, the Bar Council’s Head of Equality & Diversity and CSR, sets out three initiatives the Bar Council will be focusing on in 2019 to support the profession in becoming a more diverse Bar in the future.
Athena Markides, Chair of the Young Barristers' Committee of the Bar Council, answers 5 questions on her thoughts around women at the Bar and her own professional icon.
Five minutes with Dana Denis-Smith, Founder of the First 100 Years Project
Dominic Boothroyd of the Bar Human Rights Committee shares a summary of BHRC's session, of which Baroness Helena Kennedy QC was a panel member, at the 2018 Annual Bar & Young Bar Conference.
Richard Atkins QC becomes Chair of the Bar for 2019.
Thoughts on the 100th year of women in law
In their first blog as new leaders of the Bar, Chair of the Bar Richard Atkins QC and Vice Chair Amanda Pinto QC jointly launch the 100th edition of BarTalk and explain why the centenary – and gender equality – matters to the whole Bar.
Australian perspectives of the first 100 years