The Bar Council

Integrity. Excellence. Justice.

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  • Bar Representation Fee

    Bar Representation Fee

    The Bar Representation Fee (BRF) funds the Bar Council's vital work in representing the Bar's interests and promoting and supporting fair access to and the administration of justice. All of the funds raised from the BRF are used exclusively for this work.

  • Annual Bar Conference 2015

    Annual Bar Conference 2015

    Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference 2015: Booking now open. Book now to receive early booking discounts. Click here to view the programme and book your place.

  • Marketing and Business Development Training

    Marketing and Business Development Training

    The Bar Council is offering Chambers bespoke in-house marketing and business development training courses taking place in your Chambers outside of court hours for barristers, clerks and chambers administration.



    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


13 October

(13 hours ago)

Criminal Courts Charge

Defendants accused of a crime they have not committed will be incentivised to plead guilty to avoid new court charges in criminal cases, warns the Bar Council ahead of a debate in the House of Lords. The Bar Council says the huge difference in charges imposed on those who have been convicted after a trial instead of pleading guilty may well influence a defendant’s decision whether to plead guilty or not guilty.

Latest guidance

5 October

(8 days ago)

Questions and Answers

Frequently asked questions


Annual Bar Conference and Young Bar Conference 2015

17 October, 08:30 - 17:30

Westminster Park Plaza, London

The Bar Council Pupillage Fair

21 November, 09:00 - 18:00

Lincoln's Inn, London

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.