Practical advice and help

A - Z advice

The Bar Council provides a comprehensive library of advice.

Bar Handbook

The Bar Handbook is a practical handbook incorporating details and guidance relevant to all barristers, whether self-employed, employed, publicly or privately funded, including:

  • Their professional obligations
  • Parameters of work
  • Permitted charging arrangements
  • Ability to get paid
  • Getting redress when not paid
  • Tax and VAT liabilities
  • Insurance
  • Practice planning and good practice advice, and
  • Relevant statutory and regulatory references.

Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund

BMIF has been set up by barristers, for barristers, and is not a commercial insurance company. Accordingly, the managers are available to give advice on any issue, even if the subject matter is excluded from cover. They will also be able to provide contact details for the Barristers' Complaints Advisory Service (BCAS) and London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association (LCLCBA), where pro bono support may be available. For further information, please contact BMIF, International House, 26 Creechurch Lane, London EC3A 5BA, or telephone 020 7621 0405.

Career options 

The knowledge and the transferable skills that students gain during their legal training and during the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) are highly valued commodities in many professions, both legal and non-legal. Further information is available on the careers, recruitment and vacancies pages.

Contacts

Members of the Bar Council's Secretariat are available to assist all members of the Bar.

Court dress

The Bar Council has issued advice concerning court dress for barristers.

Equality and diversity

Barristers come from all backgrounds and all walks of life. The Bar Council is committed to equality of opportunity and values the diversity of its membership. Discrimination on grounds of race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, religion or political persuasion is professional misconduct on the part of a barrister.

Ethical Enquiries Service

From time to time, barristers may need assistance on ethical problems related to the Bar's Code of Conduct from our specially trained team.

Guide to the Circuits

The Bar Council has produced a helpful guide to the Circuits of England and Wales.

Guide to Committees

The Bar Council represents barristers' interests through a structure of committees comprised of practitioners who volunteer their time. The Young Barristers' Committee represents the interests of barristers under ten years' Call, as well as hosting several events throughout the year and publishing an annual magazine.

Guide to Services

The Bar Council produces an annual guide to all services available to its members.

Helpful Links to other websites

Please see below for useful links to other relevant websites

Maps

Member Services

Member Services provide training and events as well as negotiate tailored goods and services for the Bar, often at preferential prices unavailable to the general public. Our service partners offer high quality services at best-value prices through high standards of customer care.