News and press releases

  • 1 July 2013 - Over the past few days we have been contacted by a number of barristers, solicitors and other respondents to the MoJ's Transforming Legal Aid consultation who have received emails from the MoJ saying that the emails containing their responses have been deleted unread. The Chairman of the Bar has spoken with senior officials at the MoJ this morning to raise our concerns directly.

  • 1 July 2013 - The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, encourages the creation and implementation of a ‘required training programme’ for all advocates dealing with vulnerable witnesses. This follows the All Party Parliamentary Group for Victims and Witnesses of Crime on Tuesday 25 June, where Javed Khan, Chief Executive, Victim Support, called for a formal system to be put in place to ensure that vulnerable victims are fully protected throughout the cross examination process.

  • 1 July 2013 - The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has welcomed the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling MP’s recognition that choice of lawyer should be preserved in criminal legal aid. The departure from the Government’s original proposal comes in a letter from the Lord Chancellor to Sir Alan Beith MP, the Chairman of the Justice Select Committee, before which the Lord Chancellor is due to give evidence on Wednesday (3 July).

  • 25 June 2013 - The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has responded to the Legal Education and Training Review (LETR), which was published today.

  • 19 June 2013 - Update to the profession: An email was sent out on Tuesday 18 June to all practising barristers in England and Wales regarding the Practising Certificate Fee (PCF) Survey 2013. If you have not received an email and would like details of the survey, please contact the Research Department: Research@BarStandardsBoard.org.uk.

  • 14 June 2013 - The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has today voiced serious concern over the use of violence and the subsequent arrest of lawyers by Turkish security forces in Istanbul on Tuesday 11 June.

  • 13 June 2013 - The Bar Council, the Circuit Leaders and the Criminal Bar Association have today announced their joint support for the extension of the Crown Prosecution Services’ (CPS) Advocate Panel’s rape remit to include sexual offences involving children.

  • 11 June 2013 - Maura McGowan QC, Chairman of the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, will today give evidence to the Justice Select Committee on the Ministry of Justice’s plans to introduce price competitive tendering (PCT) for criminal legal aid contracts.