Parental Support hub
The Bar Council is committed to improving rates of
retention for barrister parents, and aims to provide useful sources
of information and assistance to enable parents to manage their
parental leave and childcare responsibilities whilst maintaining a
practice at the self-employed or employed Bar.
The Bar Council's career break advice and parental leave
The Bar Council have put together an information pack which
includes advice, tips and checklists for all those taking a career
at the Bar. Please
click here to view the document. This information is also
available at our Family Career Breaks events, held annually -
details of forthcoming dates are available through the link
The content is regularly updated to ensure we provide current
and useful information.
The Bar Council is keen to share the latest in good practice to
support you in either temporarily closing down your practise, or
re-starting your practise before or after a career break to have a
If you would like to share your experience, a tip or piece of
advice with other barristers or you identify gaps in our advice and
you would like further information on any issue relating to a
family career break please contact us using the details below
so that we can include this in future versions of this guide.
T: +44 (0)20 7611 1320
The Bar Council is building information
and services to support those taking a break from the Bar. Please
click on the links below for a quick reference guide.
The Bar Nurseries
In April 2013 the Bar Council launched the 'Bar Nursery at
Smithfield House', a central London childcare facility in
Smithfield House Children's Nursery.
The Bar Council have just launched a new nursery in Leeds,
Tiny Tree Day Nursery which has just been awarded an
outstanding by Ofsted.
Smithfield House offers flexible childcare facilities near the
Inns of Court while Tiny Tree Day Nursery is situated just outside
Leeds city centre. They both offer special rates for all members of
the Bar, as well as chambers staff and Bar Council employees.
For further information on each, please visit the links
Smithfield House Children's Nursery
Tiny Tree Day Nursery