The Bar Council

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Spotlight on

  • Legal aid consultation

    Legal aid consultation

    The Bar Council has welcomed the Ministry of Justice's revised plans for criminal advocacy including deferring implementation of any cuts in the Advocates Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS) for at least a year.

  • The Bar in society

    The Bar in society

    The Bar Council has published ' The Bar in society - Barristers making a difference', which outlines the valuable contribution many barristers make to the communities they work and live in, and the Corporate Social Responsibility of the Bar Council.

  • 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.

  • Representing Yourself in Court

    Representing Yourself in Court

    The Bar Council has published A Guide to Representing Yourself in Court to help those who face going to court without a lawyer. Click on the below link to access and download the Guide.



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News and updates


23 April

(1 day ago)

Bar Council sends delegation to South Korea as part of exchange program

The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, will send a delegation of English barristers to South Korea from 28 April to 9 May as part of an exchange programme.

Latest guidance

16 April

(8 days ago)


Getting paid: practical advice

12 July, 08:30 - 18:00

Hotel Russell 1-8 Russell Square London WC1B 5BE

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 Members' Services Fee (MSF).

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.