Bar Council Annual Chambers Membership

All of your chambers' annual training and development in one place

To run your chambers efficiently, maintain high levels of performance and avoid risk it's vital that all barristers, directors, clerks and staff follow a consistent and excellent professional development path. But with a wide range of providers and options available, it can be difficult, expensive and time-consuming to ensure you're getting the best training across the board and that all the key development areas are covered.
To help your chambers stay at the forefront of new developments, learn from the best trainers, ensure value for money and have compliance covered, the Bar Council are pleased to announce the launch of our new chambers-wide annual development package. A carefully chosen mix of practical skills training, best practice and personal and professional development throughout the year, the membership programme has been carefully selected to give you and your chambers the greatest impact at a minimum cost.

How Bar Council Annual Chambers Membership helps you:

  • Get a full range of the best available training every year, tailor-made for the 
  • profession
  • Ensure a coherent and consistent set of values and standards is embedded across your chambers
  • Save time and money by rolling your chambers' annual training requirements into one definitive package
  • Be ready for any eventuality - meet compliance requirements and minimise risk
  • Ensure everyone in your chambers meets and maintains the highest standards of performance, quality and personal and professional resilience
  • Choose a level of entry to meet your specific requirements


Find out more

To find out more about how annual training can be packaged and delivered in the best way for your chambers, email our Commercial Director Isabel DiVanna on idivanna@barcouncil.org.uk or call 07730 063159.


What's included in the package?

Your membership includes a core of essential training alongside an optional range of other development opportunities you can choose from to meet your requirements. All modules run at various times through the year and are aimed at an audience of some or all of barristers, management committee members and professionals, heads of chambers and chambers staff.

The core package includes training on:

  • Anti-money laundering 
  • Critical thinking for young barristers
  • Critical thinking for experienced barristers
  • Business development
  • Negotiation skills
  • Equality and diversity
  • GDPR, risk and compliance
  • Practice management for chambers staff
  • Wellbeing and culture
  • Direct access work
  • Sharpener training for Direct Access
  • Finance, HR and health and safety for chambers management

You'll also get membership of dedicated forums for Head of Chambers and Chambers Directors.

Choose from optional discounted development opportunities including:

  • Marketing and social media skills
  • Recruitment
  • Payroll
  • AML customer due diligence
  • Consultancy support on finance and HR


All training is devised and delivered by the Bar Council, fully tailored for the profession and accessible through courses delivered throughout the year.

Choose from three entry levels

Depending on the size, priorities and requirements of your chambers, you can choose from three levels of entry:

Standard annual membership
50 hours of training and a 10% discount on all optional development opportunities.
Cost: £3000 (save £450 on included training and up to £1200 on optional training)

Silver annual membership
75 hours of training and a 20% discount on all optional development opportunities.
Cost: £4750 (save £425 on included training and up to £1450 on optional training)

Gold annual membership
100 hours of training and a 25% discount on all optional development opportunities.
Cost: £5950 (save £950 on included training and up to £1750 on optional training)


Find out more and get involved

To find out more about the packages, details of the individual modules, how and when training is delivered and how your chambers and all the individuals who work in them can benefit from signing up, email our Commercial Director Isabel DiVanna on idivanna@barcouncil.org.uk or call 07730 063159.