Licensed Access Guidelines

The Licensed Access Guidelines set out the information and documents required for our licensed access applications and the criteria we use to assess these applications.

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Licensed Access Application Forms

Below, you can download a copy of our Licensed Access Application Forms or use the links to our online application portal.


Licensed Access - Authorisation

Application by organisations or individuals seeking a licence to instruct a barrister directly, without using a solicitor.

Application Fee - £200

Application Form - Online Application


Licensed Access - Amendment/Renewal 

Application by existing licence holders to amend their licence and/or to renew a licence that has expired or is due to expire.

Application Fee - £100


Application Form Online Application


Licensed Access - Application to be added to the Schedules to the Licensed Access Recognition Regulations (Professional Associations/Ombudsman Services)

Application by professional associations or ombudsman services to be added to the Schedules to the Licensed Access Recognition Regulations.
 

Application Fee - £200 (Professional Associations only)

Application Form - Online Application


OISC Licensed Access - Level 2 Registration

Application by Immigration Advice Agencies accredited at the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) level two seeking a licence to instruct a barrister directly, without using a solicitor.
 

Application Fee - £50

Application Form -  Online Application


OISC Licensed Access - Level 2 Renewal

Application by existing OISC Level 2 licence holders to renew a licence that has expired or is due to expire.

Application Fee - £50


Application Form - Online Application


OISC Licensed Access - Level 3 Registration

Application by Immigration Advice Agencies accredited at the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) level three seeking a licence to instruct a barrister directly, without using a solicitor.


Application Fee - £50

Application Form - Online Application 


OISC Licensed Access - Level 3 Renewal

Application by existing OISC Level 3 licence holders to renew a licence that has expired or is due to expire.

Application Fee - £50


Application Form - Online Application


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


Reviews

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.