The Bar Council website provides a wide range of information about how the Bar works. It gives you access to the Code of Conduct for Barristers and Practice Standards.
It is an invaluable tool for discovering how to become a barrister (both as a pupil and at university): how the profession is organised and regulated and details of proposals for changes to rules and regulations at the Bar.
As the Approved Regulator of the Bar of England and Wales it discharges its regulatory functions through the independent Bar Standards Board. It represents the Bar by:
- Promoting the specialist advocacy and advisory services of barristers;
- Ensuring access to justice on terms that are fair both to the public and practitioners;
- Promoting the high quality training and professional development of all barristers to ensure the highest standards of practice and ethical behaviour;
- Working for the efficient and cost-effective administration of justice;
- Encouraging access to, and diversity within, the profession so that it is open to all people of ability whatever their background; and
- Strengthening and developing the work and the values of the Bar at home and abroad.
Bar European Group
The Bar European Group was founded as the first of the Specialist Bar Associations in the late 1970s, mainly through the efforts of David Vaughan QC, who is now its Vice-President. After a short period of abeyance, it was reconstituted in the 1980s and commenced its now familiar activities of seminars, lectures and European conferences.
The website provides details of both past and forthcoming events, the different scholarships and types of memberships available and links to European focused information available on the internet.
Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association
ALBA is the professional association for practitioners of public law. It exists to further knowledge about administrative law amongst its members and to promote the observance of its principles.
It is predominantly an association of members of the Bar but amongst its members are also judges, solicitors, lawyers in public service, academics and students.
In particular, members of the Association are active participants in the development of judicial review and the interpretation and application of the Human Rights Act. The Association provides a forum for debating the issues which continue to arise in these and other related areas.
ALBA holds meetings throughout the year on topics of interest which mostly take place in the Temple.
ALBA has a permanent representative on the Bar Council in its capacity as a Specialist Bar Association. It is consulted by the Bar, the Lord Chancellor's Department and the Court Service about matters affecting practice and procedure in the Administrative Court. Its view are sought on issues relating to the reform of law.
Criminal Bar Association
The Criminal Bar Association website is designed to provide all the information you need about the Criminal Bar Association, the events we run and the services we offer. You'll also find a list of their events, most of which are CPD accredited, together with videos that you can buy and get CPD accreditation for watching.
Events can be booked and tickets purchased securely at their online shop.
Employment Law Bar Association
Formed in 1994, the Employment Law Bar Association represents and supports UK barristers working in employment law.
In addition to acting as a forum for its members to be consulted by the government and other organisations, ELBA supports its members through regular meetings, dinners and other services.
Human Rights Lawyers Association
The HRLA is a forum for those involved in the law and legal professions to discuss human rights issues. Their principal objective is to increase knowledge and understanding of human rights and to aid their effective implementation within the UK legal framework and system of government.
Their website details applications for membership, both past and forthcoming events and also includes free access to documents from previous events.
Immigration Law Practitioners' Association
The Immigration Law Practitioners' Association was established in 1984 by a group of leading UK immigration practitioners to promote and improve the advising and representation of immigrants; provide information to members on domestic and European immigration, refugee and nationality law; and secure a non-racist, non-sexist, just and equitable system of immigration, refugee and nationality law.
The webiste includes useful ILPA Publications and also a comprehensive directory of members.
Personal Injury Bar Association
The Personal Injuries Bar Association is a specialist bar association for barristers who practise in the field of personal injuries.
PIBA aims to provide a forum for discussion on matters of common concern and interest to our members; to ascertain and represent the views of members on matters affecting their professional interests; and to further the study, understanding and development of the law relating to personal injuries.
The website has details of upcoming events and provides the ability to download documents ranging from Conference materials to Consultation responses.
Planning and Environment Bar Association
PEBA is an association of barristers who specialise in planning, environment, compulsory purchase, highways, housing, rating and other aspects of local government and administrative law.
Professional Negligence Bar Association
The Professional Negligence Bar Association is represented on the General Council of the Bar and is an active consultee in the process of law reform and procedural changes. It carries the view of its members to the Bar Council, Lord Chancellor?s Department, Law Commission, and a variety of governmental and non-governmental organisations.
The association publishes the 'Professional Negligence Law Review', a newsletter produced by Sweet & Maxwell, and 'Tables for the Calculation of Damages', an annual edition.
The website hosts a detailed diary of upcoming events.
Social Housing Law Association
The Social Housing Law Association is an organisation of social housing professionals and their lawyers. Its members work or regularly act for social landlords (local authorities and registered social landlords etc.).
The public side of the website offers an overview of their current work whilst the members-only section provides an online forum and archived speakers' notes.
Technology and Construction Bar Association
The Technology and Construction Bar Association was founded in 1983. It is the specialist bar association for employed or self-employed barristers who practise in the London or provincial Technology and Construction Court or before adjudicators, arbitrators and other tribunals.
The website includes a thorough explanation of the Technology and Construction Court and its operation.
UK Environmental Law Association
The UK Environmental Law Association is the UK forum which aims to make the law work for a better environment and to improve understanding and awareness of environmental law. Its members are involved in the practice, study or formulation of Environmental Law in the UK and the European Union. It attracts both lawyers and non lawyers and has a broad membership.
The website includes full access to 'E-law', an electronic journal produced bimonthly containing news, events and thought-provoking papers.