News and press releases

  • 20 October 2014 - The Bar Council, the Law Society and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) have today called for Peers to urgently amend Part 4 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill in the House of Lords this week, claiming it is an attack on judicial review, the legal process used to hold government to account for acting unlawfully.

  • 19 October 2014 - This letter appeared in The Sunday Times and was written jointly by Chairman of the Bar Council Nicholas Lavender QC, President of the Law Society Andrew Caplen, and President of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives Frances Edwards. Its purpose is to persuade Peers to accept amendments to Part 4 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill tabled by Lord Pannick, Lord Woolf, Lord Carlile and Lord Beecham in order to retain judicial discretion and reduce restrictions imposed, by the Bill, on judicial review.

  • 17 October 2014 - The Bar Council has responded to the latest Ministry of Justice consultation on criminal legal aid ‘Transforming Legal Aid: Crime duty contracts’ pointing to major flaws in the consultation process.

  • 16 October 2014 - Following the Lord Chancellor’s evidence on October 15 2014 to the House of Lords Constitution Committee’s inquiry into the role of the Lord Chancellor, Nicholas Lavender QC, chairman of the Bar Council responds

  • 10 October 2014 - Due to ongoing interest, the Bar Council has extended the deadline for the 2014 Legal Reporting Awards to 17 October 2014. The Bar Council set up the annual Legal Reporting Awards 23 years ago to recognise print and broadcast journalists whose work contributes to a greater public understanding of legal issues.

  • 3 October 2014 - The Bar Council has warned that families across England & Wales have felt the full brunt of the Government’s civil legal aid cuts, with a drop of 15,000 per quarter, equivalent to 60,000 a year, in the number of people receiving legal aid for family cases which go to court.

  • 1 October 2014 - A service today at Westminster Abbey marked the Opening of the Legal Year, one of the most celebrated events in the legal profession’s calendar. The service follows on from a programme of events arranged by the Bar Council and The Law Society for legal practitioners from around the world.

  • 25 September 2014 - The way in which barristers’ Practising Certificate Fees (PCF) are calculated will soon change to become fairer, the Bar Standards Board and Bar Council have announced today.