19 January 2018

BSB statement on public access top-up training deadline

Our Handbook states that barristers registered to undertake Public Access work on 4 October 2013 should have either completed Public Access top-up training by 4 October 2015, or have ceased to undertake Public Access work.

We received feedback from training providers that demand for top-up training before the 4 October 2015 was exceeding capacity. We have therefore granted a "period of grace" for one month, during which the providers may make available additional top-up courses. This means that barristers registered to undertake Public Access work on 4 October 2013 must now complete the top-up Public Access training by  4 November 2015.  Barristers who fail to undertake the top-up training by this new deadline will have to cease public access work until they have completed the full public access course.

Barristers who no longer wish to undertake Public Access work should contact the Records Department to advise that they wish to be removed from the register of barristers who can undertake Public Access work. If barristers are no longer registered to undertake Public Access work, they will not be required to complete the top-up training.