Publications and the Bar Council library

Research publications

Snapshot: The Experience of Self-Employed Women at the Bar

The Bar Council has published its gender research report, entitled 'Snapshot: The experience of self-employed women at the Bar', which captures some of the experiences of self-employed women in the profession and offers a valuable insight into life at the Bar for women barristers.

Momentum Measures: Creating a diverse profession

The Bar Council's report was commissioned by the Equality, Diversity and Social Mobility Commitee 2014.

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO): One Year On 

The Bar Council has published a report, based on interviews and a survey of legal practitioners, assessing the impact of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) 2012 on our system of justice a year after implementation in April 2013.

Bar Barometer 2014: Trends in the profile of the Bar

This is the third Bar Barometer report, published by the Bar Council and the Bar Standards Board. This edition reports on the trends in the demographic profile of the Bar and the profile of law students between 2007 to 2011/12.

Barrister's Working Lives: A second biennial survey of the Bar 2013

This report reveals results from the second biennial survey of the Bar from 2011 to 2013. The report covers employment status, practice area, working area, working hours, earnings, career aspirations, and views about the profession.

Bar Barometer 2012: Trends in the profile of the Bar

This is the second annual Bar Barometer report, published by the Bar Council and the Bar Standards Board. The report details trends in the demographic profile of the Bar between 2007 and 2011/12.

Barristers' Working Lives: Biennial survey of the Bar 2011

This survey, published in January 2012, gave barristers the opportunity to describe their current work situation and future career plans, and to give their views about their life at work and their profession. This is the first in a planned series of biennial surveys.

The Bar Barometer: Trends in the profile of the Bar

This statistical report, published by the Bar Council, details trends in the demographic profile of the Bar between 2005 and 2010.

Survey of Barristers Changing Practising Status: Exit Survey 2011

The Bar Council was interested in exploring why barristers were choosing to leave the profession and commissioned the first Exit Survey in 2005. This was repeated in 2007 and subsequently on an annual basis. The collected data includes information on leavers since 2001, with each report considering leavers' data on an aggregate level. The 2011 report also includes qualitative research undertaken with barristers changing practising status.

Straight There No Detours: Direct access to barristers

This summary report was produced for A2B day on 27 November 2008. It summarises research undertaken by Professor John Flood and Avis White of the University of Westminister School of Law, to gauge barristers and barristers' clerks views on direct access (for the full report, please click here).

Some observations on meritocracy and the law: the profile of pupil barristers at the Bar of England and Wales 2004 - 2008

This article by the University of Manchester and the Bar Council investigates the social profile of pupil (trainee) barristers between 2004 and 2008.

Report of the analysis of demographic data collected from the practising Bar in November 2007

This report by the King's Institute for the study of Public Policy focuses on the demographic composition of the Bar, trends in areas of practice and funding methods.

Bar Council BVC Student survey on aspirations for practice at the Bar, full report 2006

The General Council of the Bar commissioned Electoral Reform Service Market Research to conduct a survey among Bar Vocational Course students, with the key objective of assessing the extent to which the aspirations of barristers in training are met in practice at the Bar.

Bar Council Research department reports

A comparison between the backgrounds of Pupillage Portal applicants in 2009 and registered pupils in 2011

An analysis of the background of Pupillage Portal Applicants in 2011

An analysis of pupillages advertised between 2009 and 2011

An analysis of the backgrounds of Pupillage Portal Applicants in 2010

An analysis of full-time students enrolled on the 2009/10 BVC

An analysis of the backgrounds of BPTC applicants in 2009/10

An analysis of the backgrounds of pupils registered in 2009/10

The Bar Council document library

The Bar Council document library contains hard copies of Bar Council publications such as consultation responses and reviews. Many of these are available in the consultations section of the Bar Council website.

If you have an enquiry about a Bar Council publication, please contact the Research department.