The Bar of Northern Ireland

The Bar of Northern Ireland is a strong, thriving profession of over 600 self employed barristers in independent practice.

Our value and strength lies in our firm commitment to justice, our constant pursuit of excellence and unashamed dedication to independence.

As an elected body of 20 practising barristers, the Bar Council is responsible for the governance, regulation and representation of the profession. The Bar Council is supported by a Chief Executive, Management and Staff team of 30, operating from the Bar Library in Belfast.

Access to training, experience, continual professional development, research technology and modern facilities within the Bar Library enhances the expertise of individual barristers and ensures the highest quality of service to clients and the court.