20 January 2018

Expanding opportunities at the Bar

In a changing legal services market, part of our role as the Bar's regulator is to help you to adapt to consumers' changing needs and provide you with opportunities in a market in flux. To ensure the Bar is able to continue meeting the interests of clients, we are transforming the way in which the profession operates by providing barristers with new opportunities for conducting their business in a competitive climate. This includes:

  • Introducing a new training regime for Public Access barristers in October 2013 to meet client needs. Clients are now able to access a broader range of Public Access barristers and can be more confident of the standard of service they will receive. In addition, barristers of fewer than three years' call are, for the first time, able to conduct Public Access work if they complete the new Public Access training. There are currently 6,365 barristers registered to undertake Public Access work.
  • Enabling self-employed barristers to apply for an extension to their Practising Certificate to conduct litigation as of January 2014. So far we have authorised 94 self-employed barristers and 11 dual capacity barristers to conduct litigation.
  • Becoming an entity regulator - on 5 January 2015 we began to accept applications from those wishing to set up BSB-regulated businesses ("entities"), owned and managed by lawyers, and which provide reserved legal activities such as appearing in court as an advocate. To date we have heard from over 50 prospective BSB-regulated entities. We are due to begin authorising entities in April.

Interested in setting up a BSB-regulated entity? Please get in touch via 0207 092 6801 or entityregulation@barstandardsboard.org.uk. More information about entity regulation is available on our website.

As a regulator we are committed to helping the Bar make the most of the opportunities available so that you can provide the best possible service to your clients. If you would like to find out more about these changes, contact us via contactus@barstandardsboard.org.uk.