The Bar Council

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Spotlight on

  • Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards

    Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards

    The Bar Council is proud to be sponsoring the Legal Aid Barrister category of the awards.

  • A Manifesto for Justice

    A Manifesto for Justice

    The Bar Council along with the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, the Law Centres Network, the Legal Action Group and AdviceUK have published A Manifesto for Justice.

  • Strategic Plan 2014 - 2017

    Strategic Plan 2014 - 2017

    The Plan sets out a clear direction of travel for the Bar Council over the next three years. Click on the link below to read more.



    BARCO is a unique solution that makes it easier than ever before to work with the Bar. BARCO delivers a simple and secure system, operated through one of the world's leading financial institutions, for handling client payments.

News and updates


26 March

(2 days ago)

Junior Bar invited to join Brazilian British Lawyers Exchange Programme

Following the success of the inaugural Brazilian-British Lawyers Exchange Programme in November 2014, which saw Brazilian lawyers head to England to work alongside their counterparts, the return leg of the programme in which a group of junior barristers and solicitors will visit Brazil for two weeks in May 2015 is now open for applications.

Latest guidance

23 March

(5 days ago)

Practical Tips for Online Arbitration and Mediation

To provide guidance for barristers who are deciding whether to agree to conduct a hearing online.

Member benefits

The Bar Council provides a range of services to members of the Bar including over 500* exclusive Benefits and Services available to those who pay the Bar Representation Fee (BRF).

Bar Standards Board

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.