15 September 2019

Statistics and trends in the barristers’ profession published

The Bar Standards Board and Bar Council have today published the third edition of The Bar Barometer - an annual report providing statistics and trends in the barristers' profession of England and Wales.

The Bar Barometer is aimed to be a useful source of statistical information for those with an interest in the Bar and the wider legal services market. This is the third edition, which charts and monitors trends over the period 2007-2012.

Key points:

  • The number of barristers in practice over the period 2007 to 2012 increased by almost 4% from 15,030 to 15,585;
  • There has been a small but steady rise of just over 5% in the number of self-employed barristers, between 2007 and 2012; and
  • Between 2007 and 2012 the average annual number of people called to the Bar fell by just over 3%.

The report is available to download from the BSB website.

CORRECTION: The recently published Bar Barometer listed the number of new tenancies for 2011/12 as 194. This figure is incorrect.

We are in the process of confirming the final figure, but current indications are that it will be more closely aligned with previous years.

We are seeking to understand how this error occurred and are looking at related statistics which may require amendment as a result. We will issue a further update as soon as we can and apologise for this mistake.


Contact: the Bar Standards Board Press Office on 0207 6111 452.

Contact: the Bar Council Press Office on 0207 2222 525.