General Management Committee

Executive = Vivien Kintu

Chair = Andrew Walker QC - Chair of the Bar

Vice-Chair = Richard Atkins QC - Vice-Chair of the Bar



Lorinda Long - Treasurer

Derek Sweeting QC - Chair Legal Services Committee

Guy Fetherstonhaugh QC - Chair Education & Training Committee

Rachel Langdale QC - Chair Ethics Committee

Amanda Pinto QC - Chair International Committee

Nicholas Bacon QC - Co-Chair Remuneration Committee

Neil Hawes QC - Co-Chair Remuneration Committee"

Jennifer Agnew - Chair Employed Barristers' Committee

Rhodri Thompson QC - Chair EU Law Committee

Robin Allen QC - Chair E&D & Social Mobility Committee

Fergus Randolph QC - Chair Law Reform Committee

Rick Hoyle - Chair Young Barristers' Committee

Fiona Jackson - Chair Bar Representation Committee

Alison Padfield QC - Chair Bar Pro Bono Committee

Michael Hayton QC - Circuit Leader - Northern

Nigel Sangster QC - Circuit Leader - North-Eastern

Michael Duck QC - Circuit Leader - Midlands

Paul Hopkins QC - Circuit Leader - Wales and Chester

Kerim Fuad QC - Circuit Leader - South Eastern

Bill Mousley QC - Circuit Leader - Western

Hugh Mercer QC - Circuit Leader - European

Angela Rafferty QC - Chairman Criminal Bar Association

Andrew Spink QC - Chairman Commercial Bar Assocation

Eason Rajah QC - Chairman Chancery Bar Association

Frances Judd QC - Chairman Family Law Bar Association

Patrick Rappo - Chairman BACFI

Michael Collett QC - Chairman LCLCBA

Malcolm Cree - Chief Executive

Fiona Jackson - On invitation by the Chair

Paul Mendelle QC - On invitation by the Chair

Darryl Allen QC - On invitation by the Chair

Nick Hill - On invitation by the Chair

Athena Markides - On invitation by the Chair


The GMC is the senior representative committee of the Bar Council and, as such, has no powers or responsibilities in respect of the Bar Standards Board. The Terms of Reference of the Committee are:

a. To formulate proposals for the Bar Council's strategy and priorities and to keep these under review;

b. To keep under review all matters of policy affecting the Bar with a view to submitting proposals to the Bar Council in relation to major issues and making representations to the BSB where the matter is regulatory in nature;

c. To advise the Finance Committee on budgetary requirements, and determine budgetary priorities within the parameters laid down in the Bar Council Finance Manual;

d. To hold the Executive to account for (i) the delivery of the Bar Council's strategy and priorities and (ii) effective overall management of the Bar Council's affairs;

e. To give direction to the representative committees and their executives on activities in fulfilment of Bar Council objectives and priorities, and hold them to account for effective and efficient delivery of business plans;

f. To keep under review and, where necessary, formulate proposals for the amendment of Standing Orders and the Bar Council's constitutional arrangements and all procedural matters affecting the Bar Council's business. In matters affecting the BSB, the GMC will consult the BSB before submitting proposals to the Council for approval.

g. To review and advise on the organisational risk register.


The following representative committees will report to the GMC:

a. Legal Services Committee;

b. Education and Training Committee;

c. Ethics Committee;

d. International Committee;

e. Employed Barristers' Committee; 

f. Remuneration Committee;

g. Equality, Diversity and Social Mobility Committee;

h. Law Reform Committee;

i. Young Barristers' Committee;

j. EU Law Committee;

k. Bar Representation Committee;

l. Bar Pro Bono Committee