The Bar of Northern Ireland



Jenny Cunningham and Taryn Graham elected co-chairs of Young Bar Association

Barristers Jenny Cunningham BL and Taryn Graham BL have been elected as new co-chairs of the Young Bar Association.

Published 30 July 2020

Proposed bar on cross-examination by domestic abusers 'should apply to family courts'

A proposed automatic bar on alleged domestic abusers cross-examining complainants should be extended from the criminal courts to include the family courts, the Bar Council of Northern Ireland has said.

Published 17 June 2020

'We might find there are no barristers left': Bar raises stark warning over pandemic impact

Most Northern Ireland barristers will be unable to sustain their practice if there is no increase in court business or additional government support by September, a new survey suggests.

Published 7 May 2020

Bar calls for 'immediate two-week suspension' of in-person hearings

The Bar of Northern Ireland has called for an immediate two-week suspension of all in-person court hearing except in "very exceptional" circumstances.

Published 19 March 2020

Portrait of John P.B. Maxwell unveiled in Inn of Court

A new portrait of barrister John P.B. Maxwell has been unveiled in the Inn of Court in tribute of his exceptional contribution to life at the Bar.

Published 11 February 2020

Barristers sworn in as temporary High Court judges

Five senior Northern Ireland barristers have taken up office as temporary High Court judges as of today.

Published 24 January 2020

Naomi Long elected justice minister after devolution deal struck

Alliance Party leader Naomi Long has been elected as Northern Ireland's justice minister after the five main political parties signed up to a deal to restore devolution.

Published 13 January 2020

Royal Courts of Justice packed out for Pro Bono Choir concert

The Royal Courts of Justice was packed out for the Pro Bono Choir's annual Christmas concert.

Published 18 December 2019

Greg Berry QC reappointed as governor of Armagh observatory

Greg Berry QC has been reappointed as a governor of Armagh Observatory and Planetarium.

Published 16 December 2019

Bar charity committee accepting nominations for charity of the year

The Bar of Northern Ireland's charity committee is accepting nominations for its next Charity of the Year.

Published 9 December 2019

Glenlola Collegiate and Dalriada School triumph in Belfast heat of Bar Mock Trial Competition

Pupils at Glenlola Collegiate School and Dalriada School have triumphed in the Belfast regional heat of the annual Bar Mock Trial Competition.

Published 27 November 2019

Bar launches new mobile app for busy practitioners

The Bar of Northern Ireland has announced the launch of a new mobile app designed to meet the needs of busy practitioners.

Published 25 October 2019

Bar says expanding scope of legal aid better than promoting legal expenses insurance

Expanding the scope of legal aid is a better way of increasing access to justice than promoting greater uptake of legal expenses insurance, the chair of the Bar Council of Northern Ireland has said.

Published 25 September 2019

Ex-barrister who gave up legal career to become a nun leaves convent

A former Northern Ireland barrister who gave up a 23-year legal career to become a nun five years ago has left the convent after being told she will not be allowed to take her final vows.

Published 24 September 2019

#InPictures: Annual prayer service marks start of the new legal year

Northern Ireland's top legal figures attended a prayer service to mark the start of the new legal year yesterday.

Published 9 September 2019