A council is a group of people who are elected to govern a local area such as a city or, in Britain, a county. [Reverso Dictionary]
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The group of senior barristers that governs the Bar in England and Wales and the Inns of Court. Its full name is the General Council of the Bar and of the Inns of Court. [in Britain]
A bar council (Irish: Comhairle an Bharra) or bar association, in a common law jurisdiction with a legal profession split between solicitors and barristers or advocates, is a professional body that regulates the profession of barristers . In such jurisdictions, solicitors are generally regulated by the law society. [Adapted from Wikipedia]