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 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.

  • Criminal Bar Consultation

    Criminal Bar Consultation

    The Bar Council's Criminal Justice Reform Group (CJRG), led by HH Geoffrey Rivlin QC, is inviting members of the criminal Bar to participate in a survey about issues arising from the Jeffrey and Leveson reviews.

  • 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


25 September

(4 days ago)

New, fairer way of calculating barristers' practising certificate fees announced

The way in which barristers’ Practising Certificate Fees (PCF) are calculated will soon change to become fairer, the Bar Standards Board and Bar Council have announced today.

Latest guidance

22 September

(8 days ago)

Money Laundering Regulations 2007

Money Laundering Regulations 2007


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.