Bar Representation Fee ('BRF'): Working to meet your needs
For information on the BRF or to
make payment please contact: +44 (0)20 7611 1321.
Bar Representation Fee
For less than £8.34 a month, or a cup
of coffee each week, you can fund the Bar Council's vital work in
representing the Bar's interests and promoting and supporting fair
access to and the administration of justice. All of the funds
raised from the BRF are used exclusively for this work.
To discover more of the work
funded or supported by the BRF, please click on the image below to
view the full Guide to Services.
What does the BRF fund?
It is important to emphasise that 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. Set out below are some of the
key activities that are funded in whole or in part by the BRF:
The Bar Mentoring Service to help
barristers develop their career and secure Silk and judicial
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.
Can these projects not be funded from 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,
Fees Collection, 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 well-being and success
of the Bar is secured.
How to pay the BRF
The annual BRF payment of £100 may be
paid through the Barrister Connect portal, by card or by sending a
cheque to the Bar Council's offices. 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.
If you would like to pay the annual fee through Barrister Connect,
here. Payments can also be made by credit card by
calling the Member Services team on the phone number below.
Payments for the BRF can now be made
monthly via Direct Debit to spread the cost across the year. It's
very simple to do and only £8.34 per month. Please click
here to download the Direct Debit form, complete and
send back to our Member Services team.
T: +44 (0)20 7611
What you get back for paying the BRF
In recognition of your support, you receive discounts on all
training courses and conferences run by the Bar Council, along
- A monthly subscription to Counsel Magazine (normally £100)
- Unlimited copies of Certificates of Good Standing (otherwise
£100 per certificate)
- Access to the 'Xexec' portal which offers substantial discounts
on everything from weekly shopping at major supermarkets to gifts
A listing on the Direct Access Portal, an online register,
and 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.