About the Bar Council
The Bar Council represents approximately 16,000 practising barristers in England and Wales, in addition to tens of thousands of non-practising barristers globally.
It promotes the Bar’s high quality specialist advocacy and advisory services, 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 in the UK and internationally.
We represent the Bar community and promote its role at the heart of the justice system in England and Wales. Our range of services, member benefits, online advice and practical guidance for all types of barristers provides support to the profession.
We are committed to attracting the best and brightest minds across England and Wales, regardless of background, gender or ethnicity, to help secure the future of the Bar. The Bar Council’s representative work is undertaken by committees comprising barrister and lay members. This is overseen by the General Management Committee.
The Bar Council officers are elected by Bar Council members in May, and serve for one calendar year. The executive, led by the Chief Executive and Directors, supports the work of the Bar Council committees.