Code of Conduct
The Bar Council serves the public interest in regulating all practising barristers in Northern Ireland through the Professional Conduct Committee. We aim to promote the highest standards of practice and to safeguard clients and the public interest.
The Professional Conduct Committee is responsible for:
- Setting the standard of conduct for barristers through the Bar Code of Conduct
- Investigating complaints against barristers and taking disciplinary or other action where appropriate
- Circulating update advice and guidance to barristers
- Monitoring the service provided by barristers to maintain quality.
The Professional Conduct Committee is chaired by Ivor McAteer KC and includes experienced practitioners across a range of legal specialities and two lay representatives, Members of the Committee are:-
Ivor McAteer KC– Chair
Liam McCollum KC– Vice Chair
JonPaul Shields BL
Ronan Daly BL
Julie Ellison BL
Suzanne Simpson KC
Paula O’Kane BL
Richard Coghlin KC
David Russell BL
Hugh MacMahon BL
Louise Maguire BL
Roger Dowd BL
Mel Power KC
Leona McEvoy BL
Barrie MacLatchie (Lay Rep),
Jacquie White (Lay Rep)
Every barrister called to the Bar of Northern Ireland is subject to the Code of Conduct of the Bar of Northern Ireland. The Code of Conduct sets out the standards of professional conduct and practice required of barristers in this jurisdiction.
Please click here to read the Code of Conduct. Barristers also act in accordance with the standards set out in the Department of Justice’s Victim Charter and the guidelines contained in the Public Prosecution Service’s Code for Prosecutors.