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 - £90


Application process

The assessment process takes between six and eight weeks, after all necessary information and fees are received.

In every case, we have the power to request further information or documents in support of an application, but it is the primary responsibility of the applicant to provide all relevant evidence. Applicants should not seek to rely on us to ask for it.

Failure to provide supporting documents may result in delays in assessing the application. Should you refuse to provide evidence when requested, we reserve the right to reject your application.

All applications and supporting documents will be treated with the strictest confidence.

NOTICE (24 July 2020) - Please note that we are no longer accepting cheques in payment of application fees. All fees must now be paid:

  • by direct bank transfer (using 'AUTH + your name' as a reference). If you wish to pay by bank transfer, please include a screenshot or receipt as proof of the transaction with your application documents, or by separate email to the Authorisations Team; or
  • by telephone, using a credit/debit card. If you wish to pay by credit/debit card, please contact the Authorisations Team on 020 7611 1444 (10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:00pm, Monday to Friday).


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.