Founded in 1962, the Australian Bar Association has established itself as the peak body representing the interests of members of the Independent Bars from throughout the various States and Territories of the Commonwealth of Australia.
The Faculty of Advocates is a body of independent lawyers who have been admitted to practise as Advocates before the Courts of Scotland. Faculty records date as far back as 1532 when the College of Justice was established by an Act of the Scottish Parliament, though its origins are believed to predate that event.
The General Council of the Bar (Bar Council) was formed in 1894 to deal with matters of professional etiquette. It is the Approved Regulator of the Bar of England and Wales and discharges its regulatory functions through the independent Bar Standards Board.
The Bar Council represents the Bar on an increasing number of issues, including the administration of justice and relations with Government, the European Union, legal professions in other countries and other organisations with common interests.
Founded in 1949, the Hong Kong Bar Association is the professional organisation of barristers in Hong Kong. Its objects are to take action on all matters affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice.
The International Bar Association (IBA), is the world's leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies.
Barristers have been practising in Ireland for over 450 years. The General Council of the Bar of Ireland, more commonly known as the Bar Council, is the representative body for the barristers' profession in Ireland and is governed by the Constitution of the Bar of Ireland. Barristers are subject to the professional standards set by the Bar Council.
The Government of Ireland Act 1920 established a separate Supreme Court of Judicature of Northern Ireland and gave recognition to the creation of a separate Bar of Northern Ireland. In 1921, the first General Council of the Bar of Northern Ireland was elected. The Bar Council is responsible for the governance, regulation and representation of the profession.
The New Zealand Bar Association is a representative organisation. Membership is open to every person who is the holder of a current practising certificate to practice as a barrister sole in New Zealand.
The General Council of the Bar is a federal body representing the organized advocates' profession in South Africa, and has ten constituent societies of practising advocates called Bars. There is a Bar at the seat of every provincial and local division of the High Court of South Africa.