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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.

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  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. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q 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. ^ a b "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. 
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