News and press releases

  • 26 March 2015 - Following the success of the inaugural Brazilian-British Lawyers Exchange Programme in November 2014, which saw Brazilian lawyers head to England to work alongside their counterparts, the return leg of the programme in which a group of junior barristers and solicitors will visit Brazil for two weeks in May 2015 is now open for applications.

  • 26 March 2015 - As the general election draws near, politicians are missing out on a key vote winner: justice. That is why a coalition of legal aid organisations and professional bodies has today published ‘A Manifesto for Justice’.

  • 25 March 2015 - The Bar Council is raising the Bar’s international profile by embarking on a new business development mission to Kazakhstan.

  • 24 March 2015 - Twelve chambers have received the Friends in Law special award in recognition of their generous support to both the Bar Pro Bono Unit (BPBU) and Free Representation Unit (FRU).

  • 24 March 2015 - The Bar Council, in collaboration with Beyond Borders, has launched a new mentorship programme for Omani Lawyers.

  • 13 March 2015 - “If Parliament passes new laws on surveillance and intelligence, conversations between lawyers and clients must stay out of bounds for the security services,” said Chairman of the Bar, Alistair MacDonald QC, responding to today’s intelligence and security report.

  • 12 March 2015 - Responding to today’s report from the Justice Committee, Alistair MacDonald QC, Chairman of the Bar said: “We have reached a watershed moment in the administration of justice. “The contents of this report were, unfortunately, entirely predictable. The findings and recommendations come as no surprise to any professional giving legal advice to vulnerable people.

  • 11 March 2015 - Nominations are now open for the 2015 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards, which recognises the invaluable work undertaken by lawyers and advisers working in the publicly-funded sector.