Elections for the 2016 Bar Council

2 September 2015

Annual elections for the Bar Council will take place this autumn and successful candidates will join from 1 January 2016 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 2015 are eligible for re-election.

There are vacancies in the following categories: 

  • Self-employed QCs (2 full-term vacancies and 1 two-year vacancy);
  • Self-employed Juniors over seven years' Call (7 full-term vacancies);
  • Self-employed Juniors under seven years' Call (4 full-term vacancies);
  • Employed Juniors over seven years' Call or QCs (3 full-term vacancies and 1 two-year vacancy);
  • Employed Juniors under seven years' Call (2 full-term vacancies and 1 two-year vacancy).

Dual practitioners are invited to stand in the category which best represents the area in which the majority of their practice is conducted i.e. employed or self-employed.

The Bar Council meets eight times a year (seven of the meetings are held 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 practice 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.

The Bar Council is keen to ensure that Bar Council members reflect the diversity of the profession and would like to encourage all eligible members of the Bar to consider standing for election.

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 Monday 7 September 2015 and no later than 17:00 on Monday 21 September 2015.

The notice of the elections and a nomination form can be found here. 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 Judy Green, Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive, at Elections@BarCouncil.org.uk.