02 December 2013

CPD-accredited podcast on the new BSB Handbook launched

A CPD-accredited podcast to help barristers get to grips with the  new Bar Standards Board (BSB) Handbook and revised Code of Conduct has been launched today.

The podcast, produced by CPDcast, helps set out everything barristers need to know about how the new Handbook, which comes into force on 6 January 2013, will affect them and their practice.

Listeners can use the promotional code BSB11 to listen for free.

The new Handbook will give barristers more freedom and flexibility, and it lifts numerous practising restrictions.

The Bar Standards Board's Head of Professional Practice, Ewen Macleod said: "Superfluous rules have been stripped away and others modernised. The Handbook's approach is less prescriptive, with more focus and guidance on what the outcome of a rule should be, rather than attempting to define how a barrister should act in every situation. There is greater focus on clients' needs and it will be easier for clients to see what is expected from barristers in relation to their conduct."

One of the biggest changes introduced with the new Handbook is that self-employed barristers will be able to apply for an extension to their practising certificate to conduct litigation.

This will relieve clients approaching public access barristers of the task of having to act as a self-representing litigant and conducting administrative litigation tasks themselves or going through a solicitor.

If you have any questions about the new Handbook and revised Code of Conduct please visit www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/handbook or get in touch with us via bsbcontactus@barstandardsboard.org.uk.

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Notes to editor

The new podcast, listening to which can earn the listener CPD points, is available to download here.

Contact: the Bar Standards Board Press Office on 0207 611 1452.