The Bar Council

Integrity. Excellence. Justice.

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 Annual Bar Conference 2014

    The Annual Bar Conference 2014

    This year's Bar Conference is celebrating the excellence that is the Bar. The Conference provides an unrivalled opportunity to learn, network and discuss the key issues affecting today's Bar.

  • 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.



    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


16 July

(7 days ago)

The Bar Council receives environmental excellence award

The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has received an award for environmental excellence for recycling and reducing CO2 emissions.

Latest guidance

3 July

(20 days ago)

Independent Counsel for LPP

To guide barristers instructed as Independent Counsel to Advise Upon Legal Professional Privilege in Relation to Seized Material


Law Reform Committee Essay Competition 2014

25 February - 7 October, 00:00 - 17:00

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.