Introduction 

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. Please note that this is a 'dynamic' page and is designed to offer the most up to date information based on our current volume of work; as such, the expected dates for assessment may change from time to time.  


Announcements 

July 2021

This month, the team will have a specific focus on applications from existing PTOs who are seeking authorisation as AETOs to deliver work-based learning (pupillage).

Enquiries relating to the transitional arrangements should be directed FAO Sam Jensen, via email to authorisations@barstandardsboard.org.uk

If you are an existing PTO seeking authorisation as an AETO, please submit your application to us via MyBar by 31 August 2021.

August 2021

The team are focussing on applications relating to the academic component of Bar training (including Certificates of Academic Standing and the Reactivation of Stale Qualifications), Pupillage Registrations and Completions, and PTO/AETO Transitional Arrangements.

We are now aiming to complete all applications relating to the academic component of Bar training by 10 September 2021 due to a high number of late applications being received.

Reminder! - please submit pupillage forms up to 10 days in advance to allow time for processing.

September 2021

The team continues to prioritise Academic Stage applications and Pupillage Registration and Certification.

If you are a pupillage provider and have not yet applied for AETO status, please do so now! Have we got the right contact details for your organisation? We are unable to send you the latest information relating to AETO transitional arrangements without a current email address. Please contact the team via email at authorisations@barstandards.org.uk to advise us of any changes.


Applications for Exemptions & Waivers  

We are currently processing the usual number of applications for exemptions and waivers from the Bar Qualification Rules. A number of these applications relating to Transferring Qualified Lawyers and Pupillage have been prioritised for urgent attention over the next few weeks. The team are also processing applications from existing PTOs (Pupillage Training Organisations) seeking authorisation as AETOs (Authorised Education and training Organisations) within our transitional arrangements. More information about these arrangements can be found below and within our General Information and FAQs section.

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 weeks. The table below should be used as a guide for when you should expect to receive a decision, based on when your application was/is 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. 

NB. Please see below for specific schedules for the processing of AETO and transferring qualified lawyer applications.

Received by us  

Expected date for assessment 

On or before 31 July 2021 25 September 2021
1 August to 31 August 2021 26 October 2021
1 September to 30 September 2021 25 November 2021
1 October to 31 October 2021 19 December 2021
1 November to 30 November 2021 18 January 2022

Transferring Qualified Lawyers

If you are a transferring qualified lawyer who submitted an application before 30 July 2021, you can expect to receive a decision from us by 8 October 2021. We apologise for the delay in processing these applications which is due to a reduced staffing level within the team.

In June 2021 we published important information for transferring qualified lawyers and for those with outstanding BTT requirements.

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

If you have applied within the last 12 weeks 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 receive a decision by 25 September 2021.

If you applied more than 12 weeks ago and are yet to receive a decision, please contact the Authorisations Manager.

Applications for transition from PTO to AETO

PTO to AETO Transitional Arrangements 2021/22 - please see our FAQs and our detailed guidance on the transition process for existing pupillage providers.

As of 24 September 2021, we have a total of 285 applications being transitioned:

  • 99 applications pending submission by existing PTOs
  • 8 applications pending assessment.
  • 63 applications in assessment.
  • 5 applications pending a decision.
  • 37 applications require further information to complete the assessment.
  • 73 applications processed with authorisation decisions issued, via email.

Have we got the right contact details for your organisation? We are unable to send you the latest information relating to AETO transitional arrangements without a current email address. Please contact the team via email at authorisations@barstandards.org.uk to advise us of any changes.

Pupillage Registration, Sign Off and Waivers

Please note that we are currently processing forms received during September and aim to start processing forms received in October during w/e 15 October 2021.

We are now entering the busiest period of the year for pupillage related enquiries and administration. You can submit Pupillage Forms up to 10 days in advance of pupillage start and end dates. This helps us to help you by preventing delays in the process created by last minute submissions.

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

130 entities renewed their authorisation successfully with us during 2021.

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


About this page 

If you have any comments or suggestions about our page, we would like to hear from you. Please contact us via email to authorisations@barstandardsboard.org.uk and quote ‘Web Update’ in the subject header.