The Bar Council

Integrity. Excellence. Justice.

Spotlight on

  • Brexit


    The Bar Council is working both domestically and internationally, in the interests of the profession and the public, to try to secure the best possible outcome for the Brexit negotiations and to safeguard relations with the EU on legal matters going forward.

  • Help support the Bar Council's work

    Help support the Bar Council's work

    For less than £8.34 a month, you can support the Bar Council's vital work in representing the Bar's interests and promoting fair access to justice through the Bar Representation Fee (BRF)

  • Direct Access Portal - Find a barrister

    Direct Access Portal - Find a barrister

    The Direct Access Portal, which acts as an online register, is the main hub for consumers, businesses and other organisations seeking to find a direct access barrister. The aim of the new website is to help drive more business to barristers.

  • The Bar Talks

    The Bar Talks

    E-newsletter. Subscribe to hear the latest news from the Bar, including current issues affecting the Bar and the wider legal sector, public affairs, guidance & policies, blogs, and legal events. Email

  • LEGALEX 2018

    LEGALEX 2018

    Legalex, the UK’s leading event for legal professionals,is returning to ExCeL London March 21 and 22 2018. Tickets to the event are free and also gain you access to Legal Cyber Security Expo

News and updates


13 February

(7 days ago)

10 of the things the Bar Council did in January 2018

What is it the Bar Council does? Here is just a glimpse of some of the things the Bar Council did in January 2018.


Employed Bar Awards 2018

29 June, 19:00 - 23:59

The Imperial War Museum IWM London Lambeth Road London SE1 6HZ

Member benefits

The Bar Council provides a range of services to members of the Bar. These include:

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.