What is the Bar Council?

Integrity. Excellence. Justice. 


The Bar Council represents barristers in England and Wales. It promotes:

  • The Bar's high quality specialist advocacy and advisory services

  • Fair access to justice for all

  • The highest standards of ethics, equality and diversity across the profession, and

  • The development of business opportunities for barristers at home and abroad.

The Bar Council was founded in 1894 to represent the interests of barristers. Its role is to promote and improve the services and functions of the Bar, and to represent the interests of the Bar on all matters relating to the profession, whether trade union, disciplinary, public interest or in any way affecting the administration of justice.

The work of the Bar Council is undertaken by an executive secretariat and a number of committees of practitioners. Visit the who we are and the constitution and structure sections of the website for further details.

The General Council of the Bar, known as the Bar Council, is the Approved Regulator of the Bar of England and Wales. It discharges its regulatory functions through the independent Bar Standards Board

The Bar Council and the Bar Standards Board have agreed a protocol for ensuring regulatory independence. Read the Protocol  here.