The Bar of Ireland



Ireland's first Chinese-born barrister to receive Praeses Elit Award

Ireland's first Chinese-born barrister, Fei Liang, will receive the prestigious Trinity Praeses Elit Award this week.

Published 28 September 2020

Solicitors to be named senior counsel in landmark moment

Around a dozen-and-a-half solicitors are set to make Irish legal history by being appointed as senior counsel, the first time the honour traditionally reserved for barristers has been bestowed on their solicitor colleagues.

Published 3 September 2020

Bar pushes against narrative that lawyers have 'made a fortune' from COVID-19

The Bar Council of Ireland has pushed back at claims from the head of the Courts Service that some practitioners have "made a fortune" during the COVID-19 crisis.

Published 31 August 2020

In full: Bar Council responds to O'Malley review report

The Bar Council of Ireland's response to the long-awaited review of protections for vulnerable witnesses in the investigation and prosecution of sexual offences is reproduced in full below.

Published 6 August 2020

Maura McNally SC elected chair of the Council of The Bar of Ireland

Maura McNally SC has been elected as chair of the Council of The Bar of Ireland, succeeding Mícheál P. O’Higgins SC after two years in the post.

Published 16 July 2020

Tributes paid to Mr Justice Kelly on his retirement

Lawyers and judges have paid tribute to Mr Justice Peter Kelly, president of the High Court, on his retirement today.

Published 18 June 2020

'European law? I was told there's no future in that': Lawyers share experiences of building a career in EU law

Lawyers have shared their perspectives and experiences of building a career in EU law in an online event hosted by the Irish Society for European Law (ISEL) and the Young Bar Committee of The Bar of Ireland.

Published 10 June 2020

Bar Council 'should be slapped with €2m bill for Law Library premises or evicted'

The Bar Council of Ireland should be slapped with a €2 million bill and asked to pay market rent for the continued use of the Law Library building at the Four Courts or be evicted to make way for a family courts complex, a barrister has said.

Published 9 June 2020

Public Relations Consultants Association gains direct access to barristers

The Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA) has become an approved professional body with access to the The Bar of Ireland's direct access scheme.

Published 22 May 2020

Bar rejects non-jury trials or smaller juries

Suggestions that ordinary criminal trials should take place without juries or with a smaller number of jurors during the COVID-19 emergency have been rejected by The Bar of Ireland.

Published 19 May 2020

Bar fails to secure rent suspension for Criminal Courts of Justice

The Bar of Ireland has failed in a bid to secure a rent suspension for its use of two floors in the Criminal Courts of Justice.

Published 12 May 2020

Bar of Ireland 'not proposing' expansion of non-jury trials

The Bar of Ireland has pushed back against reports that it is considering proposals to expand the use of non-jury trials during the COVID-19 crisis.

Published 6 May 2020

Irish barristers join global condemnation of Hong Kong lawyer arrests

Irish barristers have joined legal colleagues around the world in condemning the arrests of lawyers and democracy activists in Hong Kong.

Published 24 April 2020

Bar issues reminder about direct access scheme

Approved organisations have been reminded by The Bar of Ireland that they can directly access barristers for legal opinion on a wide range of matters.

Published 21 April 2020

Barristers volunteer to carry out coronavirus contact tracing

Hundreds of barristers have volunteered to carry out coronavirus contact tracing for the HSE in order to relieve pressure on health staff.

Published 30 March 2020