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


27 May

(4 days ago)

Bar Council responds to PAC report on criminal justice

The Bar Council has responded to today’s report from the Public Accounts Committee, on the criminal justice system.

Latest guidance

27 May

(4 days ago)

Consumer Contracts (Information etc.) Regulations 2013

To draw barristers' attention to obligations that may arise from these Regulations


YBC Workshop: The Specialist Advocate

4 June, 13:30 - 20:00

BPP University Law School 68-70 Red Lion Street London WC1R 4NY

EU Referendum Debate

13 June, 18:00 - 21:00

Lincoln’s Inn Great Hall Lincoln’s Inn London WC2A 3TL

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.