What is the Bar Council?
Integrity. Excellence. Justice.
The Bar Council represents
barristers in England and Wales. It promotes:
The Bar's high quality specialist advocacy and advisory
Fair access to justice for all
The highest standards of ethics, equality and diversity across
the profession, and
The development of business opportunities for barristers at home
The General Council of the Bar, known as the Bar Council, is the
Approved Regulator of the Bar of England and Wales. It discharges
its regulatory functions through the independent Bar Standards
The Bar Council and the Bar Standards Board have agreed a
protocol for ensuring regulatory independence. Read the
The Bar Council was founded in 1894 to represent the interests
of barristers. Its role is to promote and improve the services and
functions of the Bar, and to represent the interests of the Bar on
all matters relating to the profession, whether trade union,
disciplinary, public interest or in any way affecting the
administration of justice.
The work of the Bar Council is undertaken by an executive
secretariat and a number of committees of practitioners. Visit the
who we are
and the constitution and structure
sections of the website for further details.