Extent and form: 4 minute books

Reproduction: photocopying and photography of the minutes permitted. Photography of the attachments at the IALS Archivist’s discretion.

Administrative history: in addition to the regular committees, the Bar Council appointed other committees and sub-committees for specific purposes. They were known as the special committees and their remit was wide ranging, including practice issues, fees, legislation, courts and court procedure, the impact of government initiatives and international issues.

These committees did not have a regular schedule of meetings, but met as the need arose.

Scope and content: the minute books contain the signed minutes of a range of committees and sub-committees appointed to consider particular issues and also of joint meetings between the Bar Council and other organisations, particularly the Law Society. Some committees considered issues arising at a specific time, such as the Recommendations Committee during the Second World War, while others were appointed to consider an issue that then recurred at a later date, such as the Special Committee on General Retainers. The minute books also contain the minutes of some joint meetings of the Bar Council’s regular committees, such as the Executive Committee and Professional Conduct Committee in the 1940s.

The minute books contain a few attachments, including letters, notices issued, forms and lists, plus agenda papers from the 1930s.

Finding aids: minute books 1, 3 and 4 contain an integral index. There is a system of cross referencing in the margins of all four books to the minutes of other meetings, to the minute books of other committees and to the letter books.

Important note for users: care must be taken when unfolding the documents attached to these volumes, to prevent damage to either the volume or the attached documents.

Item list:

Reference Title Dates Extent Scope and contents
BCO/13/01 Minute book vol.1 17 December 1909 – 14 March 1917 1 volume  
BCO/13/02 Minute book vol.2 24 January 1918 – 1 December 1926 1 volume Includes the Demobilisation Committee, 1919-1920 and the Barristers Returning to Practice Committee, 1920-1921.
BCO/13/03 Minute book vol.3 15 December 1926 – 13 May 1931 1 volume  
BCO/13/04 Minute book vol.4 17 November 1931 – 14 November 1950 1 volume Typescript from 14 November 1950. Includes the Recommendations Committee, 1939-1945 and the War Service Committee, 1946-1947.
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