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Profile of registrant

The General Council of the Bar of England and Wales

Identification number in the register: 39850528734-23
Registration date: 09/05/12 09:38:37

The information on this organisation was last modified on 12/05/14 10:08:55
The date of the last annual update was 23/04/14 13:38:06

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: The General Council of the Bar of England and Wales
Acronym: The Bar Council
Legal status: Unincorporated association
Website address:


Section: II - In-house lobbyists and trade/professional associations
and more precisely: Trade, business & professional associations

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Stephen Crowne
Position: Chief Executive

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mrs  Evanna Fruithof
Position: Consultant Director, Bar Council Brussels Office

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 289-293 High Holborn 
London WC1V 7HZ
Telephone number: (+44) 02072420082
Fax number: (+2) 3432230
Other contact information: The Bar Council of England and Wales Brussels Office
85 Avenue des Nerviens, 5th fl,
B-1040 Brussels
Telephone number: (+32)(0)2 230 4810

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: The General Council of the Bar of England and Wales (known as the Bar Council) was founded in 1894 to represent the interests of barristers. As the governing body for the Bar its role is to promote and improve the services and functions of the Bar, and to represent the interests of the Bar on all matters relating to the profession, whether trade union, disciplinary, public interest or in any way affecting the administration of justice, be that by way of structural change, or changes to substantive or procedural law. The Bar Standards Board was established by the Bar Council to deal with the regulation of barristers.

Since much of the law of England and Wales originates from the institutions of the European Union, in 1999 the Bar Council opened a representative office in Brussels, to act as the Bar’s eyes, ears and mouth at the heart of EU decision-making. It keeps the Bar informed of EU developments on a wide range of issues that directly affect its practitioner members and their clients. It also acts as the central conduit for communicating the knowledge and expertise of the English Bar to European policy makers, much of it generated by Specialist Bar Associations working within the Bar Council’s structure, and coordinated by the Bar Council’s EU Law Committee.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • sub-national
  • national
  • European

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 1
Complementary information: There is one dedicated consultant in Brussels, with two London-based employees whose main activities are not EU-related, but who from time-to-time are involved.
In addition, practising members of the Bar provide their expertise to the Bar Council on specific matters of law and procedure in areas of relevance to particular EU activities, and do so generally on a pro-bono basis.

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

The Bar Council Brussels office' areas of primary focus are civil law, including family; criminal law; competition, consumer protection; internal market, including intellectual property rights; company and environmental law. During the last year therefore, our focus has been on initiatives such as procedural safeguards for suspects and defendants; victims' rights; dataprotection; public procurement; Common European Sales Law; European Patent; ADR and ODR; Review of the Brussels I regulation; of the Professional Qualifications Directive, and many others.

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Competition
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Economic and Financial Affairs
  • Employment and Social Affairs
  • Enterprise
  • Environment
  • General and Institutional Affairs
  • Home Affairs
  • Internal Market
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights
  • Taxation


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

The Bar Council of England and Wales is a member of the Council of the Bars and Law Societies of Europe.

Financial data

Financial year: 05/2013 - 04/2014
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: 50000  € - 100000  €
Amount and source of funding received from the EU institutions in financial year n-1 of registration
Procurement: 0 €
Grants: 0 €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.