The Bar Council

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Spotlight on

  • 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.

  • Criminal Bar Consultation

    Criminal Bar Consultation

    The Bar Council's Criminal Justice Reform Group (CJRG), led by HH Geoffrey Rivlin QC, is inviting members of the criminal Bar to participate in a survey about issues arising from the Jeffrey and Leveson reviews.

  • 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


23 September

(13 hours ago)

Update to the profession: candidates for the 2015 Bar Council elections

The candidates who are standing in the election for the 2015 Bar Council have been announced. Ballot papers will be issued by the Bar Council not later than 3 October 2014, and must be returned to arrive at the Bar Council Offices not later than 10.00 on 20 October 2014.

Latest guidance

22 September

(1 day ago)

Money Laundering Regulations 2007

Money Laundering Regulations 2007


Law Reform Committee Essay Competition 2014

25 February - 7 October, 00:00 - 17:00

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.