The Bar Representation Fee (BRF)

For £150 a year you can help fund the Bar Council's vital work in representing the Bar's interests and promoting and supporting fair access to and administration of justice. All of the funds raised from the BRF are used exclusively for this work.

To pay the BRF please log in to MyBar, email or call 020 7611 1321.


What does the BRF fund?

Activities funded by the BRF include:

  • The Bar Mentoring Service, helping barristers develop their career and secure Silk and judicial appointments
  • Research into Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Further research into the Advocates Graduate Free Scheme (AGFS)
  • Research and work into Family Very High Cost Cases (VHCC)
  • Publications and newsletters on important practice management issues such as remuneration, tax and business efficiencies
  • Support to help shape the entities and business models of the future Bar
  • Promotion of Public Access and the benefits of directly instructing the Bar to gain access to specialist advisory and advocacy services
  • The Social Mobility Placement Scheme, promoting wider access to the Bar by working with talented students who might not otherwise have that opportunity
  • Aspects of our International business development
  • Various services delivered by the Bar Council to support direct access barristers, and
  • Work on ethics, equality and diversity at the Bar, social mobility, wellbeing and our support to the young Bar are funded in part by the BRF. 

We also give regular updates on five things the Bar Council has done every month, many of which would not be possible without funding from the BRF. You can read each month's update here.


Find out more: BRF frequently asked questions

Are these projects not funded by the Practising Certificate Fee (PCF)?

Section 51 of the Legal Services Act 2007 determines how funds raised from the PCF may be used. As such the majority of funds raised pay for the regulation of the Bar, maintaining the Advisory List of Defaulting Solicitors, and the Bar Council's Ethical Enquiries Service. While these services are essential, it is also vital that the Bar Council can continue with the work outlined above and respond to challenges as they arise so that the future wellbeing and success of the Bar is secured.


How to pay the BRF

The annual BRF payment of £150 may be paid via debit or credit card through the MyBar portal.

Payments for the BRF can also be made monthly via Direct Debit to spread the cost across the year. Please visit MyBar to set this up.

You can also call the Bar Council Services team on 020 7611 1329 or email To pay by cheque, please make cheques payable to the General Council of the Bar and send to Member Services, The General Council of the Bar, 289-293 High Holborn, London WC1V 7HZ.


What you get back for paying the BRF

In recognition of your support, yas a BRF payer you'll be eligible for discounts on all Bar Council training courses and conferences . You will also receive:

  • A monthly subscription to Counsel Magazine (usual price £110)
  • Unlimited copies of Certificates of Good Standing (usual price £260 per certificate). Please request these from the Bar Council Records Office:
  • Access to the Xexec benefits portal offering substantial discounts on a wide range of well-known brands, luxury goods, holidays and much more.
  • A listing on the Direct Access Portal, the online register where consumers, businesses and other organisations can source a direct access barrister.


 Read the BRF frequently asked questions