The Bar Council

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  • Bar Council Budget 2015-16 Consultation

    Bar Council Budget 2015-16 Consultation

    The Bar Council is seeking the profession’s comments on the organisation’s proposed budget for 2015-16 by way of an online survey.

  • Wellbeing at the Bar

    Wellbeing at the Bar

    The Bar Council's wellbeing survey is now closed and we are currently analysing the findings. We would like to thank all those members of the profession who participated in to this vital research. There was an overwhelming 2,456 responses, indicating the high levels of interest in this issue.

  • 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.

  • 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


25 November

(16 hours ago)

Rule out notion of costly, one-size-fits-all super-regulator, says Bar Council Chairman

Constantly changing the regulatory regime for legal services is costly and lawyers need time to let the current regime bed in, the Bar Council Chairman has said in a speech to regulators and prominent members of the legal sector

Latest guidance

27 October

(29 days ago)

How to dispose of your hard drive securely

To guide all barristers on good practice relating to the disposal of confidential material.

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.