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About the Bar Council

The Bar Council represents barristers in England and Wales. 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 at home and abroad.

The General Council of the Bar, known as the Bar Council, is the Approved Regulator of the Bar of England and Wales. It discharges its regulatory functions through the independent Bar Standards Board.

The Bar Council was founded in 1894 to represent the interests of barristers. Its role is to promote and improve the services and functions of the Bar, and to represent the interests of the Bar on all matters relating to the profession, whether trade union, disciplinary, public interest or in any way affecting the administration of justice.

As part of its Business and Strategic Plan the Bar Council has stated its intention to provide services to those seeking pupillage and to chambers seeking pupils. The Pupillage Gateway is an essential initiative within this important area of work.

Visit www.barcouncil.org.uk or follow @thebarcouncil on Twitter.