The Core Duties

The Core Duties in the BSB Handbook underpin our entire regulatory framework and set the mandatory standards that all those we regulate are required to meet.

What do I have to report to the BSB?

If you are a barrister or a BSB-regulated entity, you are required by the BSB Handbook to report or tell us certain things.

Barristers and bankruptcy

You have a duty to report to us if you are subject to a bankruptcy order or if you enter into an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA).

Notification of associations with others

You are required to notify us if you enter into an association, such as sharing premises or costs with a person or body not regulated by us.

Anti-money laundering

Barristers, chambers, and BSB-regulated entities need to be aware of the risk of becoming involved in money laundering and/or terrorist financing.

Public and Licensed Access

The Public and Licensed Access schemes allow lay clients to instruct barristers directly without first instructing a solicitor or other lawyer. Find out more about your obligations if you do Public or Licensed Access work.

Transparency rules

We brought new transparency rules into force on 1 July 2019, with an implementation period until January 2020. The rules will help consumers understand the price and service they will receive, what redress is available and the regulatory status of their provider.

Youth Court work

If you are a barrister or a pupil undertaking, or intending to undertake, work in the Youth Court, you are required to declare that you are competent to do so.

Reporting serious misconduct

You have a duty to report your own serious misconduct or that of another barrister to us. To find out more about this, visit our page on reporting serious misconduct.