The Bar Council

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  • 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.

  • Law Reform Essay Competition 2016

    Law Reform Essay Competition 2016

    The Law Reform Essay Competition is aimed at developing and fostering an interest in law reform in pupils, law students, CPE/GDL students, BPTC students and those aiming for a career at the Bar. The competition offers prizes which total £10,000.

News and updates

Latest guidance

27 September

(22 hours ago)

Dual-capacity practice protocol

To advise existing and prospective dual-capacity barristers regarding the rS18 requirement to agree a protocol with their employers or authorised bodies before undertaking dual-capacity practice, which sets out how potential conflicts of interest will be dealt with and avoided


23 September

(4 days ago)

Update to the profession: candidates for the 2017 Bar Council elections

The candidates who are standing in the election for the 2017 Bar Council have been announced.


Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference 2016

15 October, 08:30 - 19:00

Westminster Park Plaza 200 Westminster Bridge Road London SE1 7UT

Pupillage Fair 2016

22 October, 10:00 - 16:00

University of Law 2 Bunhill Row London EC1Y

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.