News and press releases

  • 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.

  • 9 March 2015 - The Civil Justice Council is seeking a barrister member to join its ranks

  • 9 March 2015 - Legal Cost Finance (LCF) will provide an innovative product for Bar Council members that will allow barristers to offer 'payment plan' solutions to their clients.

  • 4 March 2015 - A new report from TheCityUK shows a significant increase in the legal sector’s contribution to the UK economy in 2013, rising 9.4% year-on-year in 2013 to £22.6bn, or 1.6% of GDP, as well as leading the way as the most international market for legal services.

  • 3 March 2015 - Reducing the financial risk of training for the Bar is key to bringing greater diversity to the profession, according to the Bar Council which today responded to plans designed to overhaul barrister training and relax rules on colleges and Chambers.