The Bar Council

Integrity. Excellence. Justice.

Spotlight on

  • Bar Representation Fee

    Bar Representation Fee

    The Bar Representation Fee (BRF) funds the Bar Council's vital work in representing the Bar and promoting access to justice. Click on the link below to pay your BRF monthly by Direct Debit for just £8.34 a month.

  • Annual Bar & Young Bar Conference 2016

    Annual Bar & Young Bar Conference 2016

    Save the date: The 2016 Annual Bar & Young Bar Conference will take place on Saturday 15 October 2016. More details and how to book your can be found here.

  • Young Bar Hub + Toolkit

    Young Bar Hub + Toolkit

    Barristers in their early years of practice will be further supported through the development of a new toolkit and online hub, both of which address some of the key issues relevant to the Young Bar.

  • Direct Access Portal - Find a barrister

    Direct Access Portal - Find a barrister

    The Direct Access Portal, which acts as an online register, is the main hub for consumers, businesses and other organisations seeking to find a direct access barrister. The aim of the new website is to help drive more business to barristers.

  • Wellbeing at the Bar

    Wellbeing at the Bar

    The Bar Council has teamed up with the Inns of Court and Institute of Barristers' Clerks (IBC) to launch the Wellbeing at the Bar Portal - a website to specifically provide support and best practice to barristers, clerks and chambers on wellbeing and mental health issues.

News and updates


24 October

(15 hours ago)

Bar Council Election Results

The results of the election for the 2017 Bar Council have now been announced.

Latest guidance

21 October

(3 days ago)

Journalists, law reporters and other non-parties - provision of documents

To assist barristers in deciding how to respond to requests for case documents from third parties

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.