Bar Council publishes third representational annual report

19 September 2014

The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has today published the third edition of its annual report, 'Representing the Bar', which focuses on the organisation's representational activities and performance against key strategic aims for 2013-14.

The Report includes information about the Bar Council's resources, including those of its independent regulator, the Bar Standards Board (BSB), and its Central Services department, and how these resources have been used over the past year.

Nicholas Lavender QC, Chairman of the Bar Council,said:

"I am pleased that we are publishing the third edition of 'Representing the Bar', which details the representative activities carried out by the Bar Council.

"The Bar Council has undertaken some challenging work this past year. This has included making representations to the Government about legal aid and civil litigation funding reforms, and leading discussions on the Advocates' Graduated Fee Scheme, the treatment of Very High Costs Cases (VHCCs), and the future of criminal advocacy.

"It is vital that the Bar Council remains accountable and transparent about its work and I hope that this report will provide some useful insights into the work which we do on behalf of the profession and in the public interest."



Notes to Editors 

1. 'Representing the Bar' can be found here.

2. Further information is available from the Bar Council Press Office on 020 7222 2525 and

3. The  Bar Council represents barristers in England and Wales. It promotes: 

  • The Bar's high quality specialist advocacy and advisory services

  • Fair access to justice for all

  • The highest standards of ethics, equality and diversity across the profession, and

  • The development of business opportunities for barristers at home and abroad. 

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