The Bar Council

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    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)

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    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.

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  • The Case for Justice - The Bar Council at party conference

    The Case for Justice - The Bar Council at party conference

    Starting in Brighton this week, the Chair of the Bar Andrew Langdon QC and Chair-Elect Andrew Walker QC are attending the Labour and Conservative Party conferences.

News and updates


11 January

(6 months ago)

Guest blog: Pupil barrister, Ian McDonald, blogs on the Abouloff rule

Ian McDonald, winner of the 2017 Bar Council Law Reform Essay competition and a Pupil Barrister at 4 New Square chambers, blogs on the topic of common law defences to the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments in England & Wales

Latest guidance

24 October

(9 months ago)

Conducting litigation

Helpful links to BSB and Bar Council information about what constitutes the conduct of litigation

Member benefits

The Bar Council provides a range of services to members of the Bar. These include:

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.