Bar Council Annual Report 2016-17

Aim 8: Deliver efficiency

Securing and promoting the work of the Bar and its role in society

Aim 8: Deliver efficiency


The Bar Council has worked to improve the effectiveness and the efficiency of the Bar Council to ensure that we can achieve the challenging aims set out in our 2014-17 strategic plan.

Click on the links below to find more information on our work in delivering effectiveness and efficiency.

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Membership system and portal     


During the course of 2016, the Bar Council made significant progress towards delivering a new information management system that will provide members of the Bar with an integrated one-stop point of communication with the Bar Council.

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Technology and security

Throughout 2016-17, the Bar Council made a number of technological changes to deliver a more versatile and secure platform that will cater for the flexible working arrangements and a future office move.

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Appointments protocol  




An appointments protocol was introduced in March and updated in May 2016. It sets out the process when the Bar Council is invited or wishes to nominate, appoint or re-appoint individuals to take up positions in external organisations; for example, as trustees or council members.

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A new way of working was introduced at the Bar Council in 2016 called Work Smart. The aim of the initiative was to introduce smarter working practices for Bar Council and BSB employees.

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Risk register

The need to identify high-level risks to the organisation emerged from Audit Committee meetings held following a Bar Council’s risk review exercise in 2014/15. The Representation, Policy and Services and Resources Groups both undertook to develop a risk register to capture and track organisational risks.

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Operation Management Board

The Operational Management Board (OMB) comprises senior managers from across the Representation, Policy and Services and Resources Group directorates. 

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