Have your say on Bar Council budget proposals

9 December 2015

The Bar Council has approved budget proposals for 2016/17 to fund the regulatory activities of the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the representation and support activities of the Bar Council. These proposals were scrutinised by the Bar Council Finance Committee (FC) in October 2015 and reviewed and approved by Bar Council on 9 November 2015.

As required by law and the Legal Services Board (LSB), the Bar Council will invite members of the profession to review these proposals and comment, in particular on:

  • The amount of income we intend to collect from Practising Certificate Fees (PCF);

  • The amounts that we intend to spend for regulatory1 and other permitted purposes;

  • How income from PCF is allocated between regulatory and other permitted purpose activities; and

  • The scale of PCF charges for individual practitioners.

A survey, inviting comments on these proposals, is available here

The survey will close at 9pm on 17 December 2015. 

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Notes to Editors

1. Further information is available from the Bar Council Press Office on 020 7222 2525 and Press@BarCouncil.org.uk

2. The Bar Council represents barristers in England and Wales. It promotes: 

  • The Bar's high quality specialist advocacy and advisory services
  • Fair access to justice for all
  • The highest standards of ethics, equality and diversity across the profession, and
  • The development of business opportunities for barristers at home and abroad.

3. 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