News and press releases

  • 19 February 2016 - Every year, throughout February and March, Bar Council members have to take part in the Authorisation to Practice process, which involves renewing your practising certificate, updating your professional information and paying your Practising Certificate Fee and Bar Representation Fee.

  • 18 February 2016 - The Court of Appeal has today upheld a challenge on access to legal aid for victims of domestic violence. Responding to today’s ruling, Chairman of the Bar, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC said: “There is no doubt that victims of domestic violence should have access to legal aid, yet stringent tests introduced by the last Government restricted that access, imposing unfair tests on victims of domestic violence.”

  • 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.