General Council of the Bar

The General Council of the Bar, commonly known as the Bar Council, is the professional association for barristers in England and Wales. Established in 1894, it acts as a disciplinary body and a regulatory body through the Bar Standards Board. The Bar Council also represents the interests of barristers.[1]


The General Council of the Bar was created in 1894 to deal with breaches of a barrister's professional etiquette, something that had previously been handled by the judiciary.[2] Along with the Inns of Court it formed the Senate of the Inns of Court and the Bar in 1974, a union that was broken up on 1 January 1987 following a report by Lord Rawlinson. The Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 designated the Bar Council as the professional body for barristers, with the role as a regulatory body being split off in 2006 to form the Bar Standards Board.

List of Chairs


  1. "About the Bar Council". General Council of the Bar. Retrieved 2015-05-01.
  2. "History". General Council of the Bar. Archived from the original on 2009-08-14. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
  3. King, Katie (4 January 2017). "Bar Council appoints crime QC as second non-London chairman in three years". Legal Cheek. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  4. "Making his mark – in Jonathan Hirst, barristers have a leader facing up to the demands of competition". The Law Society Gazette. 13 January 2000. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  5. "The Rt Hon Lord Justice Bean appointed Chairman of the Law Commission and Professor David Ormerod QC re-appointed". Law Commission. 27 March 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  6. "Mr Justice Irwin". Courts and Tribunals Judiciary. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  7. "Bar Council introduces new leadership". The Lawyer. 12 October 2004. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  8. Hope, Christopher (4 July 2008). "Sharia will 'inevitably' become part of British law, says barrister". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  9. "Michael Todd QC Bar Council". New Law Journal. 29 October 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  10. "Nicholas Lavender QC—Chairman of the Bar Council". New Law Journal. 10 January 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  11. "New Chairman of the Bar takes the helm at the Bar Council". The Bar Council. 7 January 2016. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  12. "Andrew Langdon QC becomes Chairman of the Bar". The Bar Council. 3 January 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  13. "Andrew Walker QC becomes Chair of the Bar". The Bar Council. Retrieved 3 January 2018.

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