06 January 2014

BSB statement on Public Access rules and international work

The new BSB Handbook (which is in force from today) changes the rules for barristers undertaking international work where instructions are received directly from a lay foreign client or a lay client in England and Wales in relation to a foreign matter.

The effect of the change is to apply the Public Access rules to these situations for the first time, which means barristers will need to have undertaken the Public Access training in order to accept these instructions in new cases.

In order to ensure that there is adequate time for barristers to undertake the new Public Access training, the BSB has granted a 'period of grace' of six months for those affected by this change. This means that, in relation to foreign work only, where barristers are instructed by a lay foreign client or a lay client in England and Wales, they may continue to do so without having completed the Public Access training where it is in the client's best interests to do so.

After 30 June 2014, all barristers must have undertaken the Public Access training prior to accepting instructions for this type of work.

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