Take part in our census for the Bar and help shape the future of the profession

The Bar Council's 2021 survey of the Bar wis now live, looking at career progression, working practices and wellbeing amongst other issues facing the profession. The results will be anonymous, and will help us tailor our work to meet the needs of barristers today.


The deadline for completing your response is 17:00 on Tuesday 18 May 2021.

“A lot has changed since 2017. The impact of Covid-19, the major backlog in the courts, Brexit and a move towards remote working were not areas of concern to barristers the last time we carried out such a survey. This is a census for the Bar. Although, unlike the national census, there’s no mandatory requirement to participate in it, it’s an opportunity for individual barristers to tell us, their representative body, their experiences of life at the Bar and give us a clear indication of what they need from us to support their respective practices and make life at the Bar easier.“

Derek Sweeting QC, Chair of the Bar

The Bar Council’s Working Lives survey will play a part in shaping Bar Council policies, training programmes for the Bar and how we seek to influence government policy and other decision makers on issues affecting the profession. 

The survey is carried out by an independent survey organisation. All results will be anonymous and no answers will be attributable to individuals.