The Bar Council

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Spotlight on

  • Kazakhstan Business Development Mission

    Kazakhstan Business Development Mission

    The Bar Council is inviting members of the Bar to take part in an international mission to Kazakhstan from 26 to 30 April 2015 to promote the legal services of the Bar.

  • Wellbeing at the Bar

    Wellbeing at the Bar

    The Bar Council's wellbeing survey is now closed and we are currently analysing the findings. We would like to thank all those members of the profession who participated in to this vital research. There was an overwhelming 2,456 responses, indicating the high levels of interest in this issue.

  • 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.



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News and updates


23 February

(5 days ago)

Bar Council backs MoJ U-turn on funding for DNA parentage testing

The Ministry of Justice’s decision to reinstate funding for DNA tests that determine parentage in family court cases was the right thing to do, says the Bar Council after Justice Minister Simon Hughes announced funds for between £500,000 and £1m a year to pay for tests.

Latest guidance

18 February

(10 days ago)

Email Guidelines for the Bar

Email Guidelines for the Bar

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.