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  • The Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference 2017

    The Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference 2017

    One Bar: Threats, opportunities & strengths in an age of change. Saturday 4 November. Click on the title for full information.

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • Law Reform Essay Competition

    Law Reform Essay Competition

    Applications are now open for the Law Reform Essay Competition 2017. This annual event is aimed at aimed at developing and fostering an interest in law reform in pupils, law students, CPE/GDL students, BPTC students and those aiming for a career at the Bar.

  • 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

Latest guidance

27 June

(1 day ago)

Witness preparation

To assist barristers to identify what is permissible by way of factual and expert witness familiarisation and preparation, in both civil and criminal cases


26 June

(2 days ago)

Tackle tough questions first - Bar warns Brexit negotiators

Brexit negotiators, who began formal talks with their EU counterparts this week, should tackle the trickiest issues first, senior barristers have said as the Bar Council announced the publication of The Brexit Papers: Third Edition.


Employed Bar Awards 2017

30 June, 18:30 - 22:30

The Tower of London London, England, EC3N 4AB

YBC Workshop: The Specialist Advocate

1 July, 13:30 - 19:00

Charles Russell Speechlys, 5 Fleet Place, London EC4M 7RD

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.