Welcome to our service update page, which has been developed in response to feedback from our stakeholders. We hope you find this page helpful and an easy way to check the progress of any application you submit to us.   


April 2021 - We are currently processing Pupillage forms. We have prioritised confirmation of completion for non-practising pupillage ahead of those for the practising period and registration. Where possible, you should ask your pupil supervisor/Chambers to submit your form in advance of your completion of the relevant period of pupillage to afford us enough time to process the information ahead of any proposed court dates.

Applications for Exemptions & Waivers  

We are currently processing well in excess of the usual number of applications for exemptions and waivers from the Bar Qualification Rules. A number of these applications considered “overdue” have been prioritised for urgent attention over the next few weeks. 

If you are waiting to hear about a decision for an application submitted to us over eight weeks ago, we would like to reassure you that you can expect to hear from us during the next two months. The table below should be used as a guide for when you should expect to receive a decision, based on when your application was received by us. Please do not contact us about the progress of your application as the information we can give you about likely completion time is set out below: 

Received by us  

Due for assessment 

23 July to 28 October 2020 

12 April 2021

1 November to 17 December 2020

19 April 2021 

18 December 2020 to 4 January 2021

26 April 2021 

5 January to 30 January 2021

14 May 2021 

February 2021 

Within 6-8 weeks of receipt

March 2021 

Within 6-8 weeks of receipt 

April 2021 

Within 6-8 weeks of receipt 

Applications for Authorisation as an Authorised Education and Training Organisation (AETO) 

If you have applied to be Authorised as an AETO for the purpose of delivering work-based learning (pupillage) and were not previously authorised as a Pupillage Training Organisation (PTO) you can expect to hear from us within 12 weeks. If you applied more than 12 weeks ago, then you can expect to receive a decision by 30 April 2021.

Applications for transition from PTO to AETO 

We are currently processing in excess of 240 applications from former Pupillage Training Organisations to become an AETO.    

The Transitional Period ends on 31 March 2022 

If you are currently authorised as a PTO then you can continue to offer pupillage pending the assessment of your application on the basis that we receive your application for authorisation as an AETO by 31 August 2021.  

We will publish a timetable (on this page) detailing when you can expect to receive a decision in due course. We aim to complete the transitional process between 1 May 2021 and 31 March 2022.   

If you have not already done so, we ask that you submit your application via MyBar as soon as possible to enable us to process your application by 31 March 2022. Please note that we are unable to process your application until we receive all the required information from you.   

We must complete your transition no later than 31 March 2022 and applications received after 31 August 2021 may not be assessed in time. 


If you have submitted a pupillage registration form you should expect this to be processed within 10 working days or before your pupillage start date whichever is sooner 

If you have submitted a pupillage sign off form for the non-practising period you should expect this to be processed within 10 working days or before you commence the practising period whichever is sooner. 

If you have submitted a pupillage sign off form for the practising period you should expect this to be processed within one month or before your Provisional Practising Certificate (PPC) expires whichever is sooner. 

Any anticipated delays to the pupillage administrative process will be published on this page. 

If you have applied for a pupillage reduction or dispensation then your application should be determined within 6 to 8 weeks.  When applying, please allow enough time for your application to be considered as we cannot guarantee that it will be expedited at your request. Please note that you can commence pupillage while waiting for a decision for a reduction in pupillage and amend the duration of your registered pupillage in the event of a successful outcome to your application. 

Entity Regulation 

The annual Entity renewal process is underway and approximately 30 applications have successfully been processed. If you have not heard from us by 30 April 2021, do check this page for any updates. 

If you have applied to become authorised as a BSB Entity or Alternative Business Structure then you can expect to receive a decision from us within six months. 

We request that you respond to information requests from us in relation to your application within 10 working days. 

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