News and press releases

  • May 2018

    18 May 2018 - Yesterday’s report from the Justice Select Committee highlighted concerns over plans to increase the small claims limit to £5,000 which, according to the Bar Council, could undermine access to justice for those injured in accidents.

  • 16 May 2018 - The Bar Council of England and Wales and the Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC) have written jointly to Prime Minister Theresa May, urging her to voice concerns over Turkey’s ongoing and large-scale prosecution of judges, lawyers, journalists and human rights defenders with the Turkish President when the two meet on Tuesday 15 May.

  • 8 May 2018 - What is it the Bar Council does? Here is just a glimpse of some of the things the Bar Council did in April 2018.

  • 4 May 2018 - The legal professions of England and Wales – solicitors, barristers, and Chartered Legal Executives – are joining together to mark Pride events in Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Cardiff, and at the flagship march in London in July led by the heads of the professions.

  • April 2018

    26 April 2018 - In response to the Ministry of Justice’s announcement that they will be funding a new programme of Pre-Application Judicial Education to both educate and boost diversity among judges, the Bar Council made the following statement.

  • 23 April 2018 - Windrush warning: Exempting the Home Office from new data protection rules could lead to serious miscarriages of justice, the Law Society and Bar Council warned today.

  • 6 April 2018 - The Bar Council, representing all barristers in England and Wales, has today issued a statement in response to the Ministry of Justice’s announcement on the launch of a new online service for people to start a claim in the County Court for amounts up to £10,000.

  • 5 April 2018 - The Prime Minister’s goal of a ‘comprehensive system of mutual recognition’ could facilitate ‘frictionless’ trade, according to the Bar Council, but the profession’s Brexit law experts have also warned that this is not a simple ‘plug and play’ solution, and would require the UK to look again at some of its ‘red lines’.