News and press releases

  • 11 February 2016 - Government plans to boost surveillance powers have been knocked back by an all-party joint committee of MPs and Peers today over fears that they would allow too much state surveillance of conversations between clients and their lawyers. The joint committee said that provisions to prevent the state from intercepting legally privileged communications should be included on the face of the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill, rather than, as the Home Office had suggested, in codes of practice which do not have the same legal force.

  • 4 February 2016 - Lord Justice Jackson’s suggestion that the concept of a CLAF should be re-visited is timely, says Bar Council.

  • 1 February 2016 - Bar Council Chair Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC has responded to Lord Justice Jackson’s speech on 28 January 2016 to the Insolvency Practitioners’ Association, “Fixed Costs – The Time has come”, calling for recoverable costs to be fixed in all claims valued at up to £250,000.

  • 28 January 2016 - The Bar Council has welcomed the Lord Chancellor's announcement today that the Government is to dispense with the two-tier contracting system.

  • 21 January 2016 - The Bar Council, the national representative body for barristers in England & Wales, has just launched its second nursery partnership, this time in Leeds, to help barrister parents with childcare.

  • 18 January 2016 - Following calls from students and chambers, the Bar Council will be moving the Pupillage Gateway timetable starting in January 2017.

  • 13 January 2016 - Sam Mercer, Head of Equality and Diversity at the Bar Council said:"This year's QC appointments raises two big questions: Why are so few women applying to join the top ranks of the profession, and why are ethnic minority barristers not succeeding at the same rate as their white counterparts?"

  • 13 January 2016 - Justice Minister Andrew Selous MP has explained the authorisation process for listening in to communications between lawyers and clients in prisons. The parliamentary written answer, published yesterday, suggests that the prison service effectively self-authorises breaches of legal professional privilege (LPP).