Criminal Bar votes to call off fee dispute but the fight goes on

Criminal barristers voted by a narrow margin to accept the government’s fee offer and end its protest action. read more

More new judges are now state educated

Almost two-thirds of the lawyers recruited to become judges last year went to state schools, according to the latest figures from the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC). read more

Barristers work a day a week free

Almost two thirds of the criminal Bar work for nothing at least one day a week and more than a third of all barristers do unpaid work to help their clients, a survey revealed. read more

Pupils to get living wage

Pupil barristers must be paid a living wage, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) announced among a raft of other training reforms. read more

Welsh justice

The Welsh government called for dedicated Welsh courts and judges to form a separate jurisdiction from England. read more

Sir Desmond de Silva QC

Barrister and former United Nations Chief Prosecutor in Sierra Leone, Sir Desmond de Silva QC died from heart failure, aged 78. read more

Bar Council officers 2019

Richard Atkins QC has been elected as Chair of the Bar for 2019 and Amanda Pinto QC and Grant Warnsby were elected as Vice Chair and Treasurer respectively. read more

New head of SFO

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Osofsky was appointed director of the Serious Fraud Office. read more

Supreme retirement

Lord Mance, who was appointed Deputy President of the Supreme Court last September, has retired aged 75. Called to the Bar by Middle Temple in 1965, he took Silk in 1982. read more

Legal honours

Among those gonged in the Queen’s birthday honours list were former SFO director David Green QC, James Eadie QC of Blackstone Chambers, and former judge to the International Court of Justice, Sir... read more