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The General Council of the Bar, commonly known as the Bar Council, is the representative body for
barristers in England and Wales Barristers in England and Wales are one of the two main categories of lawyer A lawyer or attorney is a person who practices law, as an advocate An advocate is a professional in the field of law. Different countries' legal systems us ...
. Established in 1894, the Bar Council is the 'approved regulator' of barristers, but discharges its regulatory function to the independent
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. As the lead representative body for barristers in England and Wales, the Bar Council’s work is devoted to ensuring the Bar’s voice is heard, efficiently and effectively, and with the interests of the Bar (and the public interest) as its focus. .


History

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. Along with the
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it formed the
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in 1974, a union that was broken up on 1 January 1987 following a report by Lord Rawlinson. The
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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
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.


Campaigns

The Bar Council campaigns on a range of issues in the profession and the public interest, including on social mobility, diversity and the state of the justice system. Its campaigns involve a range of press and media work, policy work, public affairs, stakeholder engagement and other communications activity. I am the Bar In Summer 2018, the Bar Council launche
'I am the Bar'
to profile the experiences of those who have succeeded at the Bar from "non-traditional" backgrounds. The award-winning campaign is designed to: Raise the profile of social mobility to encourage aspiring barristers from under-represented backgrounds, highlight efforts made to improve access to & diversity at the Bar, support efforts to improve insight into the profession, drawing together social mobility efforts across chambers, Inns, other organisations and individual barristers. Justice The Bar Counci

for a properly funded and functioning system of justice, putting the case to Government for investment in the system, speaking to the public and highlighting gaps in access to justice in the public interest. It continues to campaign in this area including through the press, social media and other communications and parliamentary activity. Modernising the Bar The Bar Council is leading the way in speeding up progress i

through various programmes and initiatives. We want to break down barriers to progress for all barristers and create a culture change at the Bar. As the Bar Council celebrated 100 years of women in law, it considered how it wanted to shape the Bar for the next 100 years. This means breaking down barriers and obstacles that prevent women, those with disabilities, Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic and LGBT+ barristers from progressing and building thriving practices. Its Accelerator Programme is aimed at speeding up progress to modernise the Bar and includes initiatives like: The Bar Council Leadership Programme, mentoring and sponsorship initiatives, best practice guides, supporting the young Bar, tackling discrimination, bullying, harassment and inappropriate behaviours.


List of chairs

* ?–1899: Herbert Cozens-Hardy *1899–?: Joseph Walton *1913–18: Sir Paul Ogden Lawrence *1918–20: John Alderson Foote *1920–31: Sir Thomas Hughes * 1931–32: E. A. Mitchell-Innes *1932–46: Sir Herbert Cunliffe *1946–?: Sir Charles Doughty *1946–48: Gerald Osborne Slade, G. O. Slade *1948–52: Godfrey Russell Vick, Sir Godfrey Russell Vick * 1952–57: Hartley Shawcross, Sir Hartley Shawcross * 1957–58: Milner Holland * 1958–60: Gerald Gardiner, Baron Gardiner, Gerald Gardiner * 1960–62: Frederick Geoffrey Lawrence, Geoffrey Lawrence * 1962–63: Milner Holland, Sir Milner Holland *1963–66: Joseph Molony *1966–68: Henry Arthur Pears Fisher, The Hon. H. A. P. Fisher * 1968–70: Desmond Ackner, Baron Ackner, Desmond Ackner * 1970–72: John Arnold (judge), John Arnold * 1973–74: James Comyn *1974–75: Patrick Neill, Baron Neill of Bladen, Patrick Neill *1975–76: Peter Rawlinson, Baron Rawlinson of Ewell, Sir Peter Rawlinson * 1985–86: Robert Alexander, Baron Alexander of Weedon, Robert Alexander *1987: Peter Scott *1988: Robert Johnson *1989: Desmond Fennell (judge), Desmond Fennell *1990: Peter Cresswell (judge), Peter Cresswell *1991: Anthony Scrivener *1992: Gareth Williams, Baron Williams of Mostyn, The Lord Williams of Mostyn *1993: John Rowe *1994: Robert Seabrook * 1995: Peter Goldsmith, Baron Goldsmith, Peter Goldsmith *1996: David Penry-Davey *1997: Robert Owen * 1998: Heather Hallett * 1999 – Daniel Brennan, Baron Brennan, Daniel Brennan * 2000 – Jonathan Hirst * 2001 – Roy Amlot * 2002 – David Bean (judge), David Bean * 2003 – Matthias Kelly * 2004 – Stephen Irwin (judge), Stephen Irwin * 2005 – Guy Mansfield, 6th Baron Sandhurst, Guy Mansfield * 2006 – Stephen Hockman * 2007 – Geoffrey Vos * 2008 – Timothy Dutton * 2009 – Desmond Browne (lawyer), Desmond Browne * 2010 – Nicholas Green (judge), Nicholas Green * 2011 – Peter Lodder * 2012 – Michael Todd (lawyer), Michael Todd * 2013 – Maura McGowan * 2014 – Nicholas Lavender * 2015 – Alistair MacDonald (Bar Council), Alistair MacDonald * 2016 – Chantal-Aimée Doerries * 2017 – Andrew Langdon *2018 – Andrew Walker (commercial lawyer), Andrew Walker *2019 - Richard Atkins QC *2020 – Amanda Pinto QC *2021 - Derek Sweeting, Derek Sweeting QC *2022 - Mark Fenhalls QC


References


External links

Official website
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