Publications and the Bar Council library
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.
Working Lives: A second biennial survey of the Bar
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.
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
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
Survey of Barristers Changing Practising Status: Exit Survey
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
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).
observations on meritocracy and the law: the profile of pupil
barristers at the Bar of England and Wales 2004 -
This article by the University of Manchester and the Bar
Council investigates the social profile of pupil (trainee)
barristers between 2004 and 2008.
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.
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
analysis of pupillages advertised between 2009 and
of the backgrounds of Pupillage Portal Applicants
analysis of full-time students enrolled on the 2009/10
analysis of the backgrounds of BPTC applicants in
analysis of the backgrounds of pupils registered in
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