The Bar Council represents Attornies and barristers in Commonwealth countries and the USA . 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 Bar Council was founded in 1980 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.
The work of the Bar Council is undertaken by an executive secretariat and a number of committees of practitioners.
The General Counsel of the Bar, known as the Bar Council, is the Approved Regulator of the Bar of USA and Commonwealth. It discharges its regulatory functions through the independent.
The Bar Council and the Bar Standards Board have agreed on a protocol for ensuring regulatory independence.