25 May 2018

Bar regulator launches survey on the Licensed Access Scheme

22 April 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today launched a survey for professionals who instruct barristers using the Licensed Access Scheme and for barristers receiving those instructions.

Licensed access is where professionals such as accountants and engineers instruct a barrister directly in a professional capacity without using a solicitor.

Certain professionals are automatically licensed by virtue of being a member of a named professional body. Others need to receive a licence from the BSB before they can instruct a barrister directly.

The Licensed Access Scheme is not to be confused with "Public Access" barristers. "Public Access" is a separate scheme which enables barristers to undertake additional training in order to receive instructions direct from any member of the public. All barristers can receive instructions fromlicensedaccess clients.

The purpose of the survey is to gather information from barristers and clients about how well the Licensed Access Scheme works.

BSB Director of Regulatory Policy Ewen MacLeod said: "We want to encourage as many responses as possible from instructing licensed professionals and from members of the Bar who receive licensed access instructions.

"We hope that the survey will provide us with the information we need to review the regulatory arrangements for the Scheme and if necessary adapt them to help the Bar to meet the legal services needs of consumers and the public."

The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete and can be done online.

The survey closes 5.00pm, Friday 20 May 2016.

ENDS

Notes to editors

About licensed and public access

Both licensed and public access are relatively new ways of working for the Bar. Traditionally, only solicitors could instruct barristers, but the changing needs of the public has meant the way that barristers receive instructions has had to evolve.

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