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If you have a concern about a barrister who is, or who was, representing you, you need to contact the Legal Ombudsman, and not us.
You can tell us if you have concerns about a barrister who is not, or has not, worked for you, or about the place they work from (such as their chambers), or a legal services business which we regulate. The easiest way to report something to us is to use our Online Reporting Form. Using the form helps to ensure that we get all the information we need to deal with the issue.
You can also report your concern by using this Word version of the form and by sending it to the contact details provided further down this page.
For more information about reporting your concerns to us and what you can expect, visit this webpage.
Please contact the Bar Council’s Records Team at Records@barcouncil.org.uk
The Records Office’s hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00 to 16:00 (Thursday - 09:30 to 15:30).
If you are a qualified solicitor, qualified lawyer from another jurisdiction, or a legal academic, and you wish to practise as a barrister in England and Wales, you need to transfer to the Bar of England and Wales. Depending on your qualifications and experience, you may be exempt from some or all of the training components required to become a barrister in this jurisdiction. Some of these exemptions may be granted subject to passing the Bar Transfer Test (BTT).
For more information about transferring to the Bar as a qualified lawyer, visit this webpage. The rules and requirements relating to transferring qualified lawyers can be found in Part 2 of the Bar Qualification Manual.
Our preferred method of payment is bank transfer (BACS), the details for which are:
Bank Name: Royal Bank of Scotland
Branch Name: Childs, Fleet Street
Sort Code: 15-80-00
Account No: 62428522
Account Name/Alias: General Council of the Bar
Bank Identifier Code (BIC): RBOSGB2L
International Bank Account No (IBAN): GB60RBOS15800062428522
If you are unable to pay by BACS, you may submit payment by cheque (made payable to the “Bar Standards Board”) or by credit/debit card. Please call our Authorisations Team on 020 7611 1444 to make a card payment.
The academic study of the law in England and Wales is a very important part of the knowledge expected of all barristers. To complete the academic component of training, you need either a law degree or a non-law degree and a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).
Students with degrees from outside the UK or Republic of Ireland who wish to undertake the GDL must apply to us for a Certificate of Academic Standing. We will issue a Certificate of Academic Standing to you if we are satisfied that the qualifications you hold, and/or the experience you have gained, are equivalent to a UK honours degree of at least lower second class (2:2).
For further information about completing the academic component of becoming a barrister, please visit this webpage. There are a number of waivers and exemptions from the requirements of the academic component, which can all be found on our waivers and exemptions page.
More information the rules and requirements relating to the academic component can be found in Part 2 of the Bar Qualification Manual.
Any pupillage registration forms or certificates should be emailed to the Pupillage Records inbox (email@example.com).
At present, we are dealing with a high volume of correspondence across the Authorisations Team and so it may take up to five working days for us to respond to email queries. If your query is urgent, please contact us by telephone on the number below.
Finally, please note that provisional practising certificates are valid for up to 30 days after completion of the practising period of pupillage/work-based learning. Provided that it is within this period, and you have appropriate insurance in place, you may continue to practise while waiting to receive your full qualification certificate.
Getting in touch
If you have a query, please get in touch with our Contact and Assessment Team using our Contact Form.Contact form
If you are reporting a concern to us, please use the Online Reporting Form as using the online form helps to ensure that we get all the information we need to deal with the issue. You can also report your concern by using this Word version of our form and emailing or posting it to us via the addresses below.
If you are a member of the Bar seeking ethical advice about your obligations under the BSB Handbook and Code of Conduct, please contact the Bar Council's Ethical Enquiries Service.
Other ways to contact us
Write to us:
Bar Standards Board
289-293 High Holborn
DX: 240 LDE
020 7611 1444
Provide feedback or make a complaint about our service.
If you are a journalist or member of the Press, please contact our Press Office.