Conducting Litigation Guidelines

The Conducting Litigation Guidelines set out the information and documents required for our conducting litigation applications and the criteria we use to assess these applications.


Conducting Litigation Application Form

Application for barristers in self-employed, employed, or dual capacity practice for an extension to their practising certificate to enable them to conduct litigation. 
Application Fee - £120


Application process

  • Please email your application form and supporting documents to [email protected]. If you are unable to submit your application by email, please contact us for further guidance.
  • You must provide all necessary supporting evidence in support of an application, as listed in the application guidelines. We may request further information or documents if needed in order to process your application. Please respond to any request for further information or documents within two weeks.
  • An application will normally be processed within six to eight weeks once it is complete (ie all required evidence and fees are received). Our Service Update page includes the latest guidance on our application processing times.

Please see our Policy for guidance on Application Fee Payments, Waiver and Refunds


If you are unhappy with a decision made by the Authorisations Team you may request a review by the Independent Decision-making Body. Applications for review must be made within one month of the decision. All review requests are dealt with by an IDB Panel on paper only.

To find out more about conducting litigation and to access our guidance for barristers authorised to conduct it, visit our Code Guidance page.