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.

  • 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.

News and updates


16 May

(7 days ago)

Bar Council rewarding bright new law reform ideas

This week, the Bar Council opens its long-standing Law Reform Essay Competition, which offers a total of £10,000 prize money to winners. The competition has been running for over 10 years and has helped contribute to the costs of qualification as a barrister for many aspiring barristers.


Young Barristers’ Annual Workshop 2019

15 June, 13:30 - 20:00

Charles Russell Speechlys, 5 Fleet Place, London, EC4M 7RD, United Kingdom

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.