How we help


Representing the Bar

In its representative capacity, the Bar Council secretariat provides support to the Chairman's office as well as a number of representative committees, sub-committees and working groups. The secretariat supports the Bar Council's work by:

  • Communicating regularly with the profession about key matters affecting its interests

  • Influencing the development of public policy and legislation affecting the provision of specialist advocacy and advisory services and, more widely, in the profession's and the public interest, and

  • Developing and promoting the work (and the values) of the Bar at home and abroad to governments, legislatures, the media and other stakeholders, helping to make entry to the profession open to all with the requisite ability to provide rewarding careers and to sustain the long-term future of the Bar.

Click here to read how the Bar Council is engaging with Parliament and the Government on a range of topics.

How barristers can get involved in representative work

There are a number of ways in which barristers can become involved in the representative work of the Bar Council. 

Becoming a member of the Bar Council

The Bar Council comprises about 115 barristers who are elected or who represent the Inns, Circuits and other interest groups. Elections are held annually and elected members serve for a period of three years. The Bar Council meets about seven times a year when there is an opportunity for members to contribute to debates on key issues facing the profession. Click here to read more about the Bar Council and to view its membership, constitution and details of previous meetings.

Joining a committee of the Bar Council

Much of the Bar Council's day-to-day work is undertaken by individual committees, made up of members of the Bar Council and co-opted members. Committees usually meet once a month and members can get involved in a variety of activities including debating policy issues and representing the Bar Council at other meetings and events. Click here to read more about Bar Council committees.