Fees and Payments - General Guidance


Our Policy on Application Fee Payments, Waivers and Refunds includes guidance on:

  • making application fee payments by bank transfer (BACS) or credit/debit card
  • fee waivers
  • refunds

Please see the table below for a full list of our current application fees.

Application Type Application Fee
Authorisation to Conduct Litigation £90
Certificate of Academic Standing £200
Designation as a Legal Advice Centre £165
Early commencement of the Vocational Component £165
European Lawyer - Registration (Swiss Lawyers only) £440
Exemption (Non-England and Wales Degree Provider) £275
Exemption (Professional Qualifications) £550
Exemption (England and Wales Degree Provider) £550
Exercise of Discretion £220
General Exemption £440
Licensed Access - Amendment/Renewal £100
Licensed Access - Authorisation £200
Licensed Access - Professional Association/Ombudsman £200
New Practitioners Programme (NPP) - Extension £135
New Practitioners Programme (NPP) - Waiver £135
OISC Licensed Access - Level 2 and/or Level 3 Registration £50 pro rata
OISC Licensed Access - Level 2 and/or Level 3 Renewal £50
Public Access Rules - Exemption £165
Pupillage Dispensation £55
Pupillage Funding, Advertising & Recruitment Requirements - Waiver £100
Pupillage Reduction £55
Pupillage Reduction (Barrister also qualified as a Solicitor) £55
Qualified Person Requirement Waiver £165
Reactivation of Stale Qualifications £220
Retrospective Registration £55
Review £200
Review of a Practising Certificate Decision £200
Review of an Entity Authorisation Decision £200
Temporary Call £440
Transferring Qualified Lawyer - Admission for Law Teachers, Qualified European Lawyers, Qualified Foreign Lawyers, Registered European Lawyers, Transferring Solicitors, and Persons with Rights of Audience granted by another Approved Regulator (other than the SRA) £440
Uncommon Waiver £165
Vocational Component Exemption (Bar Exam for non-intending practitioners) £165

Expediting applications

  • We will be unable to expedite any applications received after 13 April 2022 unless the application relates to an urgent court appearance (which cannot be deferred) within the next four weeks which requires a particular waiver, exemption or authorisation to be granted.
  • If you do have an urgent court appearance within this period, please email authorisations@barstandardsboard.org.uk for the attention of the Authorisations Manager, Sam Jensen.

If you would like your application to be prioritised for assessment, you will need to submit a request (in writing) to the Authorisations Manager, providing any grounds for the expedited processing and confirming the date by which a decision is required.

Return of hard-copy documents

Following the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions, our staff are currently being phased back into the office. We are working to create a list of documents sent by post in support of applications to the Authorisations Team, which we will now be able to arrange to return.

You can arrange with a member of the team to collect your documents from our office. Please note that we will require a mionimum of three days' notice if you wish to collect your documents from the office so that we can ensure that there will be someone available in the office on the day to hand the documents to you.

Alternatively, we can arrange the return of these documents via post. Please note that if you would like your documents to be posted back to you, and you have not already pre-paid the returns cost, you will need to cover the cost of this service.

Please get in touch with the Authorisations Team via email at authorisations@barstandardsboard.org.uk to discuss:

  • the document(s) that we have in relation to your application, and
  • how you would like your document(s) to be returned to you.

PTO to AETO Transition

  • I was advised that an Officer would contact me about my application by 26 July - why haven’t heard anything yet? 

The officer may not have been able to get through on the telephone number we hold, do contact Sam Jensen via email at sjensen@barstandardsboard.org.uk and she will arrange a mutually convenient time to discuss your application with you.

  • Why haven’t I received any emails?

We may not have the correct contact information for you – contact Sam Jensen via email at sjensen@barstandardsboard.org.uk

  • I submitted my application in 2019 and it still hasn’t been assessed, what should I do?

We apologise for the delay in contacting you. Your application may be queued for assessment or might need further information.  Contact Sam Jensen via email to arrange a discussion about your application.

  • I’m waiting to hear, but want to take on pupils in 2022 can I advertise?

You can continue to advertise and recruit under your current PTO authorisation, the team will continue to process your application in the background. The transition process should be seamless and the officer assigned to your application will support and guide through the process.

  • The pandemic has meant that we have deferred our pupillages and may not recruit until 2022 for pupillages in 2023, do I still need to apply?

If you intend to offer pupillage in the future then you should apply under the transitional arrangements, even if you may not offer pupillages until 2023 or later. If you do not apply under the transitional arrangements your current authorisation will naturally expire on 31 December 2022. If you want to recruit pupils after your authorisation has expired you will need to complete a ‘new’ application which is subject to a £250 administration fee.

Please see our detailed guidance on the PTO to AETO transition process.

Concerns about a pupillage provider (AETO)?

If you have a concern about a chambers or other organisation that delivers work-based learning (pupillage) training for barristers, please read our guidance on reporting a concern.