Facts and figures

The Bar Standards Board monitors the composition of the Bar, through analysis of the Core Database and by carrying out and commissioning a variety of surveys of the profession. The statistics can be found here.

Research publications, reports and the Bar Council library


Annual reports

About the Research department

The Bar Council Records department has kept records on practising barristers since the 1960s. The Research department has recently started analysing the records data to produce statistics on trends in the Bar.

Other work of the Research department includes:

  • Providing research support for the Bar Council's representative work and the regulatory work of the Bar Standards Board

  • Monitoring equality and diversity throughout the Bar

  • Undertaking social research projects on the Bar

  • Commissioning and managing large research projects, and
  • Maintaining the Bar Council library.

Please contact us for queries about demographic and other statistical information on the Bar.