News and press releases

  • 2 February 2015 - The annual Authorisation to Practise process has now opened, featuring a new method for calculating a barristers’ Practising Certificate Fee (PCF).

  • 30 January 2015 - Setting up a Privacy and Civil Liberties Board to scrutinise terror legislation has been costed at up to £800,000 per year, but removing restrictions on David Anderson QC, who the Government already pays to do this, and allowing him to review all relevant terror laws, would certainly be cheaper, and would most likely be more effective.

  • 23 January 2015 - Alistair MacDonald QC, Chairman of the Bar said: “Reform of parts of the criminal justice system is long overdue. Greater efficiency is in the interests of all those involved in the justice system. We look forward to looking in detail at Sir Brian’s recommendations.

  • 20 January 2015 - The Law Society, Bar Council, The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and National Union of Journalists (NUJ) have come together as the Professionals for Information Privacy Coalition to express a shared concern in response to the current proposals contained in the draft code of practice for RIPA.

  • 19 January 2015 - Small businesses chasing late payments and other debts could be disproportionately hit by the Ministry of Justice’s plans, announced today, to impose a 5% court fee on such claims, warns the Bar Council.

  • 14 January 2015 - The Bar Council has congratulated those appointed Queen’s Counsel in the 2014-2015 competition.

  • 13 January 2015 - The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), The Law Society and the Bar Council have today urged MPs to amend legislation that would make it harder for their local constituents to stop public authorities making decisions unlawfully.

  • 13 January 2015 - This is a document produced jointly by the Bar Council, The Law Society and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives to brief MPs on the potential damage caused to the legal process of judicial review by Part 4 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill.