Qualified Person Requirement Waiver Guidelines

The Guidelines set out the information and documents required for our Qualified Person Requirement Waiver applications and the criteria we use to assess these applications.


Qualified Person Requirement Waiver Application Form

Application for a waiver of the qualified person requirement for barristers seeking to supply legal services to the public, exercise rights of audience, and/or exercise rights to conduct litigation, or for approval of alternative arrangements with an external qualified person. 

Application Fee - £215


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.