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 policy

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 below.

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 family.

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

The Bar Council have just launched a new nursery in Leeds, Tiny Tree Day Nursery which has just been awarded an outstanding by Ofsted.

Tiny Tree Day Nursery is situated just outside Leeds city centre and offers special rates for all members of the Bar, as well as chambers staff and Bar Council employees.

For further information, please visit the links below:

Tiny Tree Day Nursery