The Bar Representation Fee (BRF)

For £100 a year (just £8.34 a month) you can help fund the Bar Council's vital work in representing the Bar's interests and promoting and supporting fair access to and administration of justice. All of the funds raised from the BRF are used exclusively for this work.

 

To pay the BRF please log in to MyBar, email MemberServices@BarCouncil.org.uk or call 020 7611 1329.


What does the BRF fund?

Activities  funded in whole or in part by the BRF include:

The Bar Mentoring Service, helping barristers develop their career and secure Silk and judicial appointments

Publications and newsletters on important practice management issues such as remuneration, taxation and business efficiencies

Support to help shape the entities and business models of the future Bar

Promotion of Public Access and the benefits of directly instructing the Bar to gain access to specialist advisory and advocacy services, and

The Social Mobility Placement Scheme to promote wider access to the Bar by working with talented students who might not otherwise have that access.

The BRF does not fund the commercial activity of the Bar Council, which in itself is a valuable source of additional income that funds campaigns and support for the Bar.


Are these projects not funded by the Practising Certificate Fee (PCF)?

Section 51 of the Legal Services Act 2007 determines how funds raised from the PCF may be used. As such the majority of funds raised pay for the regulation of the Bar, maintaining the Advisory List of Defaulting Solicitors, and the Bar Council's Ethical Enquiries Service. While these services are essential, it is also vital that the Bar Council can continue with the work outlined above and respond to challenges as they arise so that the future wellbeing and success of the Bar is secured.

 

How to pay the BRF

The annual BRF payment of £100 may be paid via debit or credit card through the MyBar portal.

Payments for the BRF can also be made monthly via Direct Debit to spread the cost across the year. Please visit MyBar to set this up.

You can also call the Bar Council Member Services team on 020 7611 1329 or email  MemberServices@BarCouncil.org.uk. To pay by cheque, please make cheques payable to the General Council of the Bar and send to Member Services, The General Council of the Bar, 289-293 High Holborn, London WC1V 7HZ.

 

What you get back for paying the BRF

In recognition of your support, yas a BRF payer you'll be eligible for discounts on all Bar Council training courses and conferences . You will also receive:

  • A monthly subscription to Counsel Magazine (usual price £100)
  • Unlimited copies of Certificates of Good Standing (usual price £260 per certificate). Please request these from the Bar Council Records Office: Records@BarCouncil.org.uk.
  • Access to the Xexec benefits portal offering substantial discounts on a wide range of well-known brands, luxury goods, holidays and much more.
  • A listing on the Direct Access Portal, the online register where consumers, businesses and other organisations can source a direct access barrister.