News and press releases

  • 1 March 2013 - The Legal Aid Practitioners Group is seeking nominations for the 2013 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards, which are now into their eleventh year.

  • 28 February 2013 - The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has today formally launched the new Pupillage Gateway, which goes live at 11:00 on Friday 1 March. This brand new pupillage recruitment system, which is owned and operated by the Bar Council, will make the pupillage application easier than ever before, both for candidates and providers.

  • 27 February 2013 - A survey conducted by the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has found nearly half the profession (42.4%), across all practice areas, regularly carry out voluntary legal pro bono work, in addition to paid work. It also found that 36.6% of the Bar regularly volunteer for non-legal charitable organisations.

  • 26 February 2013 - Many members of the Bar undertake public duties as Recorders, or as part-time Judges sitting in a wide range of jurisdictions. They are almost always fee-paid rather than salaried. Over many years, they have been treated differently for pensions purposes than salaried judges who undertake identical work.

  • 25 February 2013 - The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, along with the Criminal Bar Association and Circuit Leaders have today published evidence that the Crown Prosecution Service (‘CPS’) has adopted deliberate practices not to instruct the correct advocate for a given case if there is a financial interest to the CPS in keeping the work in-house.

  • 22 February 2013 - Update for the profession; The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has called on the Ministry of Justice to correct a number of deficiencies in the Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA) Order and Damages-based Agreements (DBA) Regulations.

  • 11 February 2013 - The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has responded to calls in the House of Commons this afternoon, from the Home Secretary, the Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP, to look carefully at any lessons which can be learned from the Brewer case.

  • 29 January 2013 - The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has welcomed the Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) proposed changes to Public Access training, which look to ‘enhance the course content and introduce an element of formal assessment' to ensure barristers have the requisite knowledge and skills to carry out public access work.