The Bar Council

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  • National Pro Bono Week - 7-11 November 2016

    National Pro Bono Week - 7-11 November 2016

    National Pro Bono Week is sponsored by the Bar Council, the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) and the Law Society. The aim of the week is to celebrate pro bono work undertaken by the legal profession.

  • Young Bar Hub + Toolkit

    Young Bar Hub + Toolkit

    Barristers in their early years of practice will be further supported through the development of a new toolkit and online hub, both of which address some of the key issues relevant to the Young Bar.

  • 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.

  • Wellbeing at the Bar

    Wellbeing at the Bar

    The Bar Council has teamed up with the Inns of Court and Institute of Barristers' Clerks (IBC) to launch the Wellbeing at the Bar Portal - a website to specifically provide support and best practice to barristers, clerks and chambers on wellbeing and mental health issues.

News and updates

Latest guidance

26 October

(2 days ago)

Conducting litigation

Helpful links to BSB and Bar Council information about what constitutes the conduct of litigation


24 October

(3 days ago)

Bar Council Election Results

The results of the election for the 2017 Bar Council have now been announced.

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.