The Bar Council

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Spotlight on

  • Brexit


    The Bar Council is working both domestically and internationally, in the interests of the profession and the public, to try to secure the best possible outcome for the Brexit negotiations and to safeguard relations with the EU on legal matters going forward.

  • Direct Access Portal - Find a barrister

    Direct Access Portal - Find a barrister

    The Direct Access Portal, which acts as an online register, is 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.

News and updates


22 July

(1 hour ago)

Have your say: CPS fees reference groups

As work progresses on the review of Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) fees, it is important that all members of the criminal Bar who undertake prosecution work are given the opportunity to engage and contribute to this work. To enable this, a number of reference groups will be established that will meet to discuss the key outputs of the review and gain feedback.

Member benefits

The Bar Council provides a range of services to members of the Bar. These include:



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.