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


18 September

(2 days ago)

Bar Council reaction to NAO report on court reform progress

Richard Atkins QC, Chair of the Bar, responds to National Audit Office report on HM Courts and Tribunal Service’s (HMCTS) courts modernisation programme


Annual and Young Bar Conference 2019

23 November, 09:00 - 19:00

Grand Connaught Rooms, London

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.