News and press releases

  • 9 December 2015 - Budding barrister Emma Jane Fitzsimons has won £4,000 in a Bar Council essay competition by taking a swipe at the Government’s deliberate killing of two British citizens in lethal drone strikes this summer.

  • 8 December 2015 - Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, the incoming Chairman of the Bar, has said that the Bar remains a profession and not a business in her inaugural speech last night (Monday 7 December 2015) at Inner Temple.

  • 7 December 2015 - Evolve Family Law, which recently became a Bar Standards Board (BSB) entity, has opted to use BARCO, the Bar Council’s third party escrow account.

  • 3 December 2015 - The Chairman-Elect of the Bar, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC responded today to the Lord Chancellor’s announcement that the criminal courts charge will be scrapped. She said: “The Bar Council welcomes the decision of the Ministry of Justice to scrap the criminal courts charge. The charge created a perverse incentive to plead guilty, negated the principle of judicial discretion, reduced compensation awards and was never likely to raise the funds anticipated.

  • 2 December 2015 - The Bar Council has just launched its mini-pupillage hub, a new initiative to centralise the provision of mini-pupillages and widen the pool of students who can benefit from this type of experience.

  • 27 November 2015 - The Bar Council has urged all inducements, not just referral fees, between advocates and litigators be outlawed in its response to the Ministry of Justice’s consultation Preserving and Enhancing the Quality of Criminal Advocacy.

  • 26 November 2015 - Chairman of the Bar Council Alistair MacDonald QC said:"Investment to modernise courts and tribunals is vital to the successful reform of our criminal justice system and today's Ministry of Justice settlement safeguards the £700 million announced earlier this year.

  • 25 November 2015 - Chairman of the Bar Alistair MacDonald QC said: “This week’s report from Citizen’s Advice will make uncomfortable reading for those holding the justice budget purse strings. If further cuts to the justice system are planned for the Autumn Statement, the question will be; how do we make sure access to justice is not restricted even further?