Frequently asked questions

  1. I want to apply for a role - where can I download the application form?

  2. I am having technical problems with the Networx online application system.

  3. There are no suitable vacancies for me at the moment.  Can I send you a speculative application?

  4. Will you contact me about the outcome of my application?

  5. Can I request feedback on my application if I am unsuccessful?

  6. What is the difference between the benefits allowance and basic salary?

  7. How does the discretionary annual leave system work?

  8. Am I eligible for all benefits from my first day of employment?

  9. How many hours per week would I be contracted to work for?

  10. Will the Bar Council support my ongoing professional development?

  11. I am a foreign national, can I still work for the Bar Council?

  12. I have a question which hasn't been answered by this section; can I submit my question to you?

I want to apply for a role - where can I download the application form?

In order to ensure an equal footing for all candidates, we require applications to be submitted through our online recruitment software, 'Networx'. The application form is not available to download in Microsoft Word format. 

To access the application form please visit www.latestvacancies.com/barcouncil. 

If you are unable to complete an online application or require reasonable adjustment to the recruitment process, please contact Neda Adeel, HR Administrator via the main switchboard on 020 7242 0082.

I am having technical problems with the Networx online application system.

Please contact the Networx technical support team on 01943 467766.

There are no suitable vacancies for me at the moment.  Can I send you a speculative application?

The Bar Council is committed to providing an equal footing to all candidates throughout the recruitment process. For this reason we do not maintain a database of speculative CVs, nor are we able to hold CVs on file for future vacancies   

Will you contact me about the outcome of my application?

Yes, we respond to every application we receive to inform you whether or not you have been successful.

Can I request feedback on my application if I am unsuccessful?

We are happy to provide feedback to candidates who are unsuccessful after attending an interview. With regret, due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to provide candidates with individual feedback on their application if they are not shortlisted for interview.

What is the difference between the benefits allowance and basic salary?

Both the salary and the benefits allowance are paid to staff in equal monthly instalments. The only difference between the two is that the benefits allowance is non-pensionable and will not form part of your overall pension contributions.

How much annual leave do you offer?

The Bar Council recognises that work-life balance is important to staff. In addition to our flexible working policy, we also seek, when possible, to grant staff the aforementioned discretionary days of leave. In summary, the annual leave allowance comprises basic 23 days plus 8 bank holidays, with the potential for a further 4 extra days to be added on the New Year's Day, Easter, spring and summer bank holidays and a full shutdown over a Christmas time

Am I eligible for all benefits from my first day of employment?

Most of the Bar Council benefits are available to all employees from the very first day of their employment. The interest free season ticket loan, childcare vouchers and Ride2Work scheme are available on successful completion of your probationary period.

Please note that your entry into the Bar Council defined contribution scheme will be postponed for the first three months of your employment and at the end of this period, subject to meeting the eligibility criteria, you will be automatically enrolled into the scheme.

For more information on benefits please visit Pay and benefits section

How many hours per week would I be contracted to work for?

The full time working week with the Bar Council is five eight hour days/35 hours per week, plus a one hour unpaid lunch break.

Will the Bar Council support my ongoing professional development?

The Bar Council is willing, where the nature of the training and development is linked to an individual's role, to support their professional development through flexible working practices and/or a financial contribution.

I am a foreign national; can I still work for the Bar Council?

Yes, provided that you have the legal right to work within the United Kingdom. 

I have a question which hasn't been answered by section; can I submit my question to you?

If you have a question not answered in this section please submit it via email to Neda Adeel HR Administrator.