Elections for the 2014 Bar Council

13 August 2013

Annual elections for the Bar Council will take place this autumn and successful candidates will join from 1 January 2014 for a three-year term, except where a different term length is stated below. Those members who are due to retire from the Bar Council on 31 December 2013 are eligible for re-election.

There are vacancies in the following categories: 

  • Self-employed under seven years' Call (four vacancies)

  • Self-employed over seven years' Call (seven vacancies)

  • Self-employed QCs (two vacancies)

  • Employed under seven years' Call (three vacancies), and

  • Employed over seven years' Call (including QCs) (three vacancies). 

The Bar Council meets eight times a year (seven of the meetings are on a Saturday morning) and all elected and representative members are expected to attend as many of these meetings as possible, but at least a minimum of four. Crèche facilities are provided for these meetings if advance notice is given. Elected Bar Council members also serve on one or more representative committees which meet on average six to ten times a year, normally on a weekday evening. There are dial-in facilities for those who are unable to attend committee meetings in person.

This is an excellent opportunity for members of the profession to represent their constituency - whether that is practise area, Circuit or colleagues with a similar length of Call - and bring their views to the Bar Council's attention for discussion and debate. Becoming an elected member of the Bar Council provides a real chance to get involved in how the Bar Council discharges its representative functions.

To be eligible, a candidate must: 

(a)     Hold a valid practising certificate;

(b)     Submit a completed and signed nomination form no earlier than 09:00 on Saturday 7 September 2013 and no later than 17:00 on Saturday 21 September 2013.

An email will be sent between 3 and 7 September 2013 to all practising barristers, enclosing the nomination form and giving more information about the elections. You can also read more about it in the Bar Council Constitution, which can be found here.

Meanwhile, if you have any questions, please contact Charlotte Hudson, Head of Executive Office (CHudson@BarCouncil.org.uk).