The Bar Council

Integrity. Excellence. Justice.

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  • Elections for the 2016 Bar Council

    Elections for the 2016 Bar Council

    Annual elections for the Bar Council will take place this autumn and successful candidates will join from 1 January 2016 for a three-year term, except where otherwise stated.

  • Bar Representation Fee

    Bar Representation Fee

    The Bar Representation Fee (BRF) funds the Bar Council's vital work in representing the Bar's interests and promoting and supporting fair access to and the administration of justice. All of the funds raised from the BRF are used exclusively for this work.

  • Annual Bar Conference 2015

    Annual Bar Conference 2015

    Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference 2015: Booking now open. Book now to receive early booking discounts. Click here to view the programme and book your place.

  • Marketing and Business Development Training

    Marketing and Business Development Training

    The Bar Council is offering Chambers bespoke in-house marketing and business development training courses taking place in your Chambers outside of court hours for barristers, clerks and chambers administration.



    BARCO is a unique solution that makes it easier than ever before to work with the Bar. BARCO delivers a simple and secure system, operated through one of the world's leading financial institutions, for handling client payments.

News and updates


3 September

(15 hours ago)

Legal Reporting Awards 2015

You have just one more week to submit your two best legal stories to the Bar Council 2015 Legal Reporting Awards in order to be in with a chance to win £1,000 cash. The two categories are broadcast (TV and radio) and print (including online). The winner of each category will receive £1,000 in prize money and small cash prizes will also be awarded to those shortlisted.

Latest guidance

2 September

(1 day ago)

Subject Access Requests under the Data Protection Act 1998

To guide all barristers and chambers' data controllers on Subject Access Requests under the Data Protection Act.


Annual Bar Conference and Young Bar Conference 2015

17 October, 00:00 - 00:00

Westminster Park Plaza, London

The Bar Council Pupillage Fair

21 November, 09:00 - 18:00

Lincoln's Inn, London

Member benefits

The Bar Council provides a range of services to members of the Bar including over 500* exclusive Benefits and Services available to those who pay the Bar Representation Fee (BRF).

Bar Standards Board

The General Council of the Bar is the Approved Regulator of the Bar of England and Wales. It discharges its regulatory functions through the independent Bar Standards Board.