The Bar Council

Integrity. Excellence. Justice.

Spotlight on

  • Wellbeing at the Bar

    Wellbeing at the Bar

    Wellbeing within the legal profession is rarely spoken about, yet within the Bar's relatively small community everyone is affected by their own/colleagues' poor mental health. The Bar Council is undertaking research to identify risk factors that impact on a barrister's professional practice.

  • Legal aid consultation

    Legal aid consultation

    The Bar Council has welcomed the Ministry of Justice's revised plans for criminal advocacy including deferring implementation of any cuts in the Advocates Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS) for at least a year.

  • The Annual Bar Conference 2014

    The Annual Bar Conference 2014

    This year's Bar Conference is celebrating the excellence that is the Bar. The Conference provides an unrivalled opportunity to learn, network and discuss the key issues affecting today's Bar.

  • Strategic Plan 2014 - 2017

    Strategic Plan 2014 - 2017

    The Plan sets out a clear direction of travel for the Bar Council over the next three years. Click on the link below to read more.



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News and updates


21 October

(1 day ago)

Bar Council focuses in on health and wellbeing at the Bar

The Bar Council has launched a survey to assess health and wellbeing at the Bar, and to identify risk factors which may impact on a barrister’s performance.

Latest guidance

6 October

(16 days ago)

Foreign Work

To draw barristers' attention to issues appearing in jurisdictions outside England or Wales.

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.