Bar Representation Fee ('BRF'): Working to meet your needs

For information on the BRF or to make payment please contact: +44 (0)20 7611 1329.

Bar Representation Fee ('BRF')

For less than £8.34 a month, or a cup of coffee each week, you can fund the Bar Council's vital work in representing the Bar's interests and promoting and supporting fair access to and the administration of justice. All of the funds raised from the BRF are used exclusively for this work.

To discover more of the work funded or supported by the BRF, please click on the image below to view the full Guide to Services.

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What does the BRF fund?

It is important to emphasise that the BRF does not fund the commercial activity of the Bar Council, which in itself is a valuable source of additional income that funds campaigns and support for the Bar. Set out below are some of the key activities that are funded in whole or in part by the BRF:

The Bar Mentoring Service to help barristers develop their career and secure Silk and judicial appointments

Publications and newsletters on important practice management issues such as remuneration, taxation and business efficiencies

Support to help shape the entities and business models of the future Bar

Promotion of Public Access and the benefits of directly instructing the Bar to gain access to specialist advisory and advocacy services, and

The Social Mobility Placement Scheme to promote wider access to the Bar by working with talented students who might not otherwise have that access.

Can these projects not be funded from the Practising Certificate Fee ('PCF')?

Section 51 of the Legal Services Act 2007 determines how funds raised from the PCF may be used. As such the majority of funds raised pay for the regulation of the Bar, maintaining the Advisory List of Defaulting Solicitors, and the Bar Council's Ethical Enquiries Service. While these services are essential, it is also vital that the Bar Council can continue with the work outlined above and respond to challenges as they arise so that the future well-being and success of the Bar is secured.

How to pay the BRF

The annual BRF payment of £100 may be paid via debit/credit card or by sending a cheque to the Bar Council's offices. Payments can be made via debit/credit card by calling the Member Services team on the phone number below.  Please make cheques payable to the General Council of the Bar and send to Member Services, The General Council of the Bar, 289-293 High Holborn, London WC1V 7HZ. 

Direct Debit

Payments for the BRF can now be made monthly via Direct Debit to spread the cost across the year. It's very simple to do and only £8.34 per month. Please click here to download the Direct Debit form, complete and send back to our Member Services team.

E: MemberServices@BarCouncil.org.uk

T: +44 (0)20 7611 1329

What you get back for paying the BRF

In recognition of your support, you receive discounts on all training courses and conferences run by the Bar Council, along with:

  • A monthly subscription to Counsel Magazine (normally £100)
  • Unlimited copies of Certificates of Good Standing (otherwise £100 per certificate)
  • Access to the 'Xexec' portal which offers substantial discounts on everything from weekly shopping at major supermarkets to gifts and holidays.
  • A listing on the Direct Access Portal, an online register, and the main hub for consumers, businesses and other organisations seeking to find a direct access barrister. The aim of the new website is to help drive more business to barristers.