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.DOWNLOAD THE LICENSED ACCESS GUIDELINES
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
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
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)
OISC Licensed Access - Level 2 and/or Level 3 Registration
Application by Immigration Advice Agencies accredited at the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) Level 2 and/or Level 3 seeking a licence to instruct a barrister directly, without using a solicitor.
Application Fee - £50
OISC Licensed Access - Level 2 and/or Level 3 Renewal
Application by existing OISC Level 2 and/or Level 3 licence holders to renew a licence that has expired, or is due to expire.
Application Fee - £50
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 (9:00 am to 5:00 pm, 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 (IDB). Applications for review must be made within one month of the decision.