General Management Committee

Chair: Amanda Pinto QC

Vice-Chair: Derek Sweeting QC

Treasurer: Grant Warnsby



Andrew Twigger QC - Co-Chair, Legal Services Committee

Jacqueline Reid  - Co-Chair, Legal Services Committee

Nick Vineall QC - Chair, Education & Training Committee

Rachel Langdale QC - Chair, Ethics Committee

Steven Thompson QC - Chair, International Committee

Neil Hawes QC - Co-Chair, Remuneration Committee

Nick Bacon QC  - Co-Chair, Remuneration Committee

Philip Bennetts QC - Co-Chair, Employed Barristers’ Committee

Ryan Richter -  Co-Chair, Employed Barristers’ Committee

Rhodri Thompson QC - Chair, EU Law Committee

Sa’ad Hossain QC - Co-Chair, E&D & Social Mobility Committee

Elaine Banton -  Co-Chair, E&D & Social Mobility Committee

Iain MacDonald - Chair, Law Reform Committee

Katherine Duncan - Chair, Young Barristers’ Committee

Michael Collett QC - Co-Chair, Bar Representation Committee

Lucinda Orr - Co-Chair, Bar Representation Committee

Leanne Targett-Parker - Chair, Bar Pro Bono Committee

Lisa Roberts QC - Leader, Northern Circuit

Richard Wright QC - Leader, North Eastern Circuit

Kate Brunner QC - Leader, Western Circuit

Michael Duck QC - Leader, Midland Circuit

Mark Fenhalls QC - Leader, South Eastern Circuit

David Elias QC -  Leader, Wales and Chester Circuit

Hugh Mercer QC - Leader, European Circuit

Sonia Tolaney QC - Chair, Commercial Bar Association

Amanda Hardy QC - Chair, Chancery Bar Association

Cyrus Larizadeh QC - Chair, Family Law Bar Association

Ian Brookes-Howells - Chair, BACFI

Colin West QC - Chair, LCLCBA

Malcolm Cree - Chief Executive, Bar Council

On Invitation by the Chair

James Mulholland QC - Chair, Criminal Bar Association

Lucy Barbet - Chair, Institute of Barristers’ Clerks

Joanne Kane - Vice Chair, Young Barristers’ Committee

Catherine Calder -  Co-Chair, Legal Practice Management Association

Rachel Holmes - Co-Chair, Legal Practice Management Association


The GMC is the senior representative committee of the Bar Council and, as such, has no powers or responsibilities in respect of the Bar Standards Board.

The Terms of Reference of the Committee are:

a. To formulate proposals for the Bar Council's strategy and priorities and to keep these under review;

b. To keep under review all matters of policy affecting the Bar with a view to submitting proposals to the Bar Council in relation to major issues and making representations to the BSB where the matter is regulatory in nature;

c. To advise the Finance Committee on budgetary requirements, and determine budgetary priorities within the parameters laid down in the Bar Council Finance Manual;

d. To hold the Executive to account for (i) the delivery of the Bar Council's strategy and priorities and (ii) effective overall management of the Bar Council's affairs;

e. To give direction to the representative committees and their executives on activities in fulfilment of Bar Council objectives and priorities, and hold them to account for effective and efficient delivery of business plans;

f. To keep under review and, where necessary, formulate proposals for the amendment of Standing Orders and the Bar Council's constitutional arrangements and all procedural matters affecting the Bar Council's business. In matters affecting the BSB, the GMC will consult the BSB before submitting proposals to the Council for approval.

g. To review and advise on the organisational risk register.


The following representative committees will report to the GMC:

a. Legal Services Committee;

b. Education and Training Committee;

c. Ethics Committee;

d. International Committee;

e. Employed Barristers' Committee; 

f. Remuneration Committee;

g. Equality, Diversity and Social Mobility Committee;

h. Law Reform Committee;

i. Young Barristers' Committee;

j. EU Law Committee;

k. Bar Representation Committee;

l. Pro Bono and Social Responsibility Committee