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Governing Bodies

The Bar Council

As an elected body of 20 practising barristers, the Bar Council is responsible for the governance, regulation and representation of the profession.

The powers and functions of the Bar Council are defined in the Constitution and Bye-laws of the General Council of the Bar of Northern Ireland.

The Executive Council of the Inn of Court

The Executive Council is the admission and training body for barristers in Northern Ireland.

The powers and functions of the Executive Council are defined in the Constitution and Bye-laws of the Executive Council of the Inn of Court of Northern Ireland.

The Benchers of the Inn of Court

All Benchers are senior lawyers drawn from the Bench and the Bar including the Lord Chief Justice and the Attorney General for Northern Ireland. They are responsible for the admission of Barristers to independent practice in Northern Ireland. This includes the application procedure for temporary, permanent or transferred call.

Treasurer of the Inn of Court: Gerald Simpson QC

Under Treasurer: Anne Fenton