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  • Help support the Bar Council's work

    Help support the Bar Council's work

    For less than £8.34 a month, you can support the Bar Council's vital work in representing the Bar's interests and promoting fair access to justice through the Bar Representation Fee (BRF)

  • Legalex 2017

    Legalex 2017

    Legalex is the UK’s largest legal event designed to make ambitious legal professionals more competitive. It takes place on the 28th & 29th March at ExCeL London, and tickets are free!

  • Direct Access Portal - Find a barrister

    Direct Access Portal - Find a barrister

    The Direct Access Portal, which acts as an online register, is the main hub for consumers, businesses and other organisations seeking to find a direct access barrister. The aim of the new website is to help drive more business to barristers.

  • Wellbeing at the Bar

    Wellbeing at the Bar

    The Bar Council has teamed up with the Inns of Court and Institute of Barristers' Clerks (IBC) to launch the Wellbeing at the Bar Portal - a website to specifically provide support and best practice to barristers, clerks and chambers on wellbeing and mental health issues.

  • The Bar Talks

    The Bar Talks

    E-newsletter. Subscribe to hear the latest news from the Bar, including current issues affecting the Bar and the wider legal sector, public affairs, guidance & policies, blogs, and legal events. Email

News and updates


28 March

(20 hours ago)


Parent barristers, especially women, will be disadvantaged by HMCTS proposals for Courts to start earlier and finish later, the Bar Council has said adding that the plans do not take account of rules that self-employed barristers must follow when organising their work.

Latest guidance

23 March

(5 days ago)

Company directorships

To draw barristers' attention to their professional obligations in relation to this subject



28 - 29 March, 10:00 - 00:00

Excel Exhibition Centre Sandstone Lane London E16 1XL

Member benefits

The Bar Council provides a range of services to members of the Bar including over 500* exclusive Benefits and Services available to those who pay the Bar Representation Fee (BRF).

Bar Standards Board

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