19 February 2018

Authorisation to practise requirements

Barrister "B" failed to comply with the authorisation to practise requirements for the year 2014, following the usual reminders from the Bar Council. As a result, the matter was referred to the Bar Standards Board for consideration of enforcement action. The Professional Conduct Committee opened an internal complaint against B for his failure to renew his practising certificate for 2014 and therefore practising without authorisation, given that carrying out reserved legal activities without being authorised to do so constitutes a criminal offence under to s.14 of the Legal Services Act 2007.

Following completion of the investigation, the Committee decided to refer the breach to disciplinary action under Determination by Consent procedure. One charge of professional misconduct was put to B for failing to comply. B admitted the charge and was sentenced to a reprimand and fined £1,000.