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 updated advice and guidance to barristers.
- Monitoring the service provided by barristers to maintain quality.
The Professional Conduct Committee is chaired by Fiona Doherty QC and includes experienced practitioners across a range of legal specialities and two lay representatives.
Making a Complaint
If you are concerned that a barrister has fallen below the professional standards expected, you may complain by submitting a completed Complaints Form.
We will acknowledge your complaint and will provide a detailed response following the investigation. Some complaints may take longer to process, but we will keep you informed of this.