Why join ALBA?

The work that we do is entirely dependent on support from our members. Our activities are undertaken on a voluntary basis by members of our committee, with the occasional assistance of a part-time administrator.  The annual membership fees we receive allow us to organise events at which knowledge and experience is freely shared, and to represent the concerns of public law practitioners within the Bar Council and to the Ministry of Justice and other public bodies.  The continued support of our Members is much appreciated and valued in the work we do.

We welcome practitioners and students of all varieties of public law, including administrative law, constitutional law, judicial review, freedom of information, immigration law, and other areas of practice concerned with regulating the exercise of public powers.

As well as self-employed barristers in England and Wales, our members include employed barristers working in the UK Government Legal Service, local authorities, businesses, and campaigning organisations and other NGOs.  Our wider membership includes (as associate members) judges, solicitors, legal academics, law students, and lawyers in other jurisdictions.  One of ALBA’s principal objectives is to provide a forum for exchanges of knowledge and ideas between judges, practising lawyers and academic lawyers.

Regular newsletters are sent to all members by post or email.

We encourage members to pay for membership by annual Direct Debit if possible, as this helps keep our administration costs low.

Membership fees

  • Silks £55
  • Barristers (save during approved pupillage): £35
  • Solicitors £30*
  • Lawyers employed by public/voluntary organisations £20*
  • Academics £20*
  • Students (including pupil barristers and trainees) £20*
  • Other £20*

* Associate members

Existing members

If you are currently a member of ALBA and would like to pay by Direct Debit, please use the online direct debit facility.  (Once you have completed the process, please contact your bank, or use online banking, to cancel any existing Standing Order to ALBA, as it is not possible for us to do this for you.)