Other vacancies

Notice of Bar Council vacancies

20 November 2019

Following the Bar Council elections for membership of the 2020 Bar Council, there are still some vacancies in the categories of 'Self-employed Junior Counsel under seven years in practice' and 'Employed Junior Counsel under seven years in practice'. Please see below for a list of the number of vacancies for each category.

Self-employed Junior Counsel under seven years in practice

2 x vacancies

Employed Junior Counsel under seven years in practice

1 x vacancy

In line with Part II, 7(d) of the Bar Council's constitution, these vacancies may be filled by appointment.  The terms will commence on 1 January 2020 for three years.

Expressions of interest are therefore invited from practising barristers within the categories mentioned above who wish to join the Bar Council.  Members of the Bar Council are expected to attend Saturday morning Bar Council meetings and all candidates must hold a valid practising certificate. 

This is a good opportunity for members of the Bar to gain an insight into the work of the Bar Council and to have a voice on issues affecting the profession.

Candidates are asked to submit a short statement of no more than 200 words to demonstrate their suitability for the post by 4pm on Monday 9 December 2019 to Elections@BarCouncil.org.uk. These statements will be circulated to Bar Council 2019 members who will each vote for their preferred candidate. It is anticipated that the results will be ratified at the Bar Council meeting on Saturday 25 January 2020.

Please note, members of the Bar Council are not remunerated and may not claim travel expenses.

Further information regarding membership of Bar Council can be found in the Constitution, here. Alternatively, please email Elections@BarCouncil.org.uk with any queries you may have.



The Bar Council has been asked to nominate a barrister to the QCA Selection Panel, beginning 14 January 2020. 

About the QCA Selection Panel

The Panel recommends advocates for appointment as Queen's Counsel (QC).  The QC rank identifies excellence in advocacy in the higher courts.  It is the most significant award available to an advocate, whether solicitor or barrister. 

The Selection Panel normally contains ten members-two senior barristers, two senior solicitors, a retired senior judge and five lay members. Legal and lay members play an equal part in all the work of the Panel, but the Chair is always drawn from amongst the lay members. It is essential that all the members should be of very high calibre: the Panel has significant responsibilities for making decisions with a real impact on the practice of law at the highest level.

About the role

Further information about the Panel can be found here. If you have an enquiry which is not covered by that information, please feel free to call the Head of Governance, Natalie Zara, on 0207 611 1465.

Skills and personal attributes

Panel members must be available for a minimum of 30 days a year mostly between August and December.  Appointments will initially be for a two-year period, which may be extended to a maximum of five years. Meetings will be held in London.  Remuneration is at a daily rate to reflect the important and demanding nature of the work. 

As a member of the Panel you must be able to demonstrate an ability to sift through complex evidence from multiple sources in order to reach incisive judgements.  To command public confidence and respect, you must display a proven commitment to equality of opportunity and diversity. You will have well-developed interviewing skills and have held a senior position of authority.   

How to apply

Subject to the principle of appointment on merit, the professional bodies regard it as important that the composition of the Selection Panel should itself be diverse. Applications from all sections of the community are welcomed.

Applicants should send a copy of their CV accompanied by a short written statement stating their suitability for the role and describing their skills and experience, to:

Natalie Zara, Head of Governance, nzara@barcouncil.org.uk.

The closing date for applications is 10am, Monday 9 December 2019.