The Bar Council

Integrity. Excellence. Justice.

Spotlight on

  • Brexit


    The Bar Council is working both domestically and internationally, in the interests of the profession and the public, to try to secure the best possible outcome for the Brexit negotiations and to safeguard relations with the EU on legal matters going forward.

  • Help support the Bar Council's work

    Help support the Bar Council's work

    For less than £8.34 a month, you can support the Bar Council's vital work in representing the Bar's interests and promoting fair access to justice through the Bar Representation Fee (BRF)

  • 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.

  • The Bar Talks

    The Bar Talks

    E-newsletter. Subscribe to hear the latest news from the Bar, including current issues affecting the Bar and the wider legal sector, public affairs, guidance & policies, blogs, and legal events. Email

  • Barristers' Working Lives

    Barristers' Working Lives

    The Bar Council's report 'Barristers' Working Lives 2017: Barristers' attitudes towards their working lives, reveals that barristers across England and Wales are facing a number of factors affecting their overall working lives.

News and updates


11 October

(5 days ago)

Political lobbying and the Bar Representation Fee (BRF) – have you paid?

Dr Isabel DiVanna, Commercial Director at the Bar Council explains how the organisation funds its lobbying work?


The Young Barristers' Annual Dinner 2018

1 December, 19:00 - 00:00

De Vere - Holborn Bars 138-142 Holborn London EC1N 2SW

Member benefits

The Bar Council provides a range of services to members of the Bar. These include:

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.