The Bar Council

Integrity. Excellence. Justice.

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  • 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 & Young Bar Conference 2016

    Annual Bar & Young Bar Conference 2016

    Save the date: The 2016 Annual Bar & Young Bar Conference will take place on Saturday 15 October 2016. More details and how to book your can be found here.

  • 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.

  • Speak in Safety - Investigatory Powers Bill

    Speak in Safety - Investigatory Powers Bill

    The Investigatory Powers Bill threatens the safety and confidentiality of whistle-blowers and clients seeking legal advice. The Bar Council, NUJ and the Law Society host parliamentary event on 11 April, 17.00 to discuss risks.

News and updates

Latest guidance

6 May

(9 hours ago)

Writing for legal journals

To explain the rules regarding use of the title 'barrister' when writing an article


5 May

(1 day ago)

Guest blog: Penelope Gibbs, Director of Transform Justice - Justice Denied?

How can someone who has never studied law, nor entered a criminal court, get justice if they have to defend themselves in court? Penelope Gibbs (pictured) says a new report, Justice Denied, suggests the answer is that they probably can't. 


YBC Workshop: The Specialist Advocate

4 June, 13:30 - 19:00

BPP University Law School 68-70 Red Lion Street London WC1R 4NY

Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference 2016

15 October, 08:30 - 19:00

Westminster Park Plaza 200 Westminster Bridge Road London SE1 7UT

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.