23 February 2019

BSB consultation on litigation authorisation application fees

Barristers had the opportunity to have their say in a consultation on the cost of applying to the Bar Standards Board (BSB) for authorisation to conduct litigation.

As of January 2014, self-employed barristers became able to apply to conduct litigation.

A one-off fee of £90 is proposed to cover the cost of processing the application.

Allowing self-employed barristers to apply to conduct litigation is just one of the practising restrictions that have been lifted as part of the new Handbook which is enforceable from January 6 2014. The BSB plans to launch the new litigation authorisation regime from 22 January.

The revised Code now forms Part Two of the new BSB 'Handbook', which brings together all the BSB's regulations and guidance for barristers into one publication. More information on the Handbook is available from https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/regulatory-requirements/bsb-handbook/.

The majority of the costs associated with authorisation arise from staff time spent assessing and processing applications, as well as following up records and updating.

The consultation closed on 15 January.

BSB statement on outcome of the litigation fees consultation