The BSB Handbook defines an association as follows: "BSB authorised persons are sharing premises and/or costs and/or using a common vehicle for obtaining or distributing work with any person other than a BSB regulated person, in a manner which does not require the association to be authorised as an entity under the Legal Services Act 2007."

Typical examples of associations are:

  • a BSB authorised body who operate in the same building as a non-authorised body and share costs with them;
  • a set of chambers who allow regular use of chambers’ facilities to non-authorised individuals for business purposes;
  • an authorised body who use another company for services such as advertising, call handling etc; and
  • a barrister who works in the same premises as a non-authorised body and shares costs, or a barrister who uses a non-authorised body to obtain business.

If you are in an association on more than a one-off basis then you are required to notify us in accordance with rule rc80 of the BSB handbook. You can report this through our online reporting form.