Join the IBA

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How to join the IBA

Joining the IBA couldn’t be easier. The whole process will take just a few minutes and the information below will guide you through the joining process. If you would like to pay online, please have your credit or debit card ready. You can also pay offline by cheque, bank transfer or credit card.

Who is eligible for IBA membership?

Members of the legal profession including attorneys, counsellors, solicitors, barristers, advocates, members of the judiciary and professors of law are all eligible to apply for membership of the IBA.

1. Choose a membership package

The IBA offers both group membership and individual membership.

Group membership

Group membership allows firms to obtain full membership for all their lawyers with one single annual payment. Firms who choose this membership package are entitled to a range of special group membership benefits.

If you are keen on finding out more about the schemes benefits and pricing for 2015 please contact us at Alternatively you can call the IBA office on tel: +44 (0)20 7842 0090.

  • View current IBA group members.

Individual membership

Two types of individual membership packages are available – full membership and general membership.


 Full IBA membership: this includes membership of the IBA, LPD and PPID (with one free committee in LPD, one free committee or other entity in PPID and one free regional forum)
 Standard rate £245  * Discount rate £147
 General IBA membership: this includes membership of the IBA and the PPID (with one free committee or other entity in PPID and one free regional forum)
 Standard rate £125  * Discount rate £75

*Discounted membership:

A 40 per cent discount is available for full-time academics, judges, government lawyers, retired lawyers and lawyers from low income countries. Click here to view the low-income country listing.

2. Select additional committees, fora and other entities

IBA activities are primarily driven by members who group together in committees or other entities based on practice areas and specialist interests. Additional committees can be joined at a cost of £25 each.

Please note that if you opt for general IBA membership, you are only entitled to join additional committees and entities within the PPID (with the exception of the regional fora in the LPD). Should you, as a general IBA member, want to join a committee within the LPD, you will need to change your membership to full IBA membership.

3. Processing your membership

Hard copy applications will be processed within ten working days of the membership period commencing. Please allow up to a further four weeks for the delivery of your membership pack which includes your membership card and current IBA publications and information.

Please note that the membership year runs from 1 January to 31 December in any given year.

If you have any queries about IBA membership, please contact our Membership Department at or call the IBA office on tel: +44 (0)20 7842 0090.