22 August 2019

About BSB entities

Traditionally, most barristers are self-employed - effectively running their own business, often at a chambers with other self-employed barristers.

Previously, we only regulated barristers and their chambers, sole practitioners (individual barristers who work and run their business on their own), and employed barristers (within law firms, for example.)

In April 2015, we began authorising entities. These entities are owned and managed by lawyers only, including barristers, solicitors and other legally qualified persons.

In April 2017, We began authorising licensed bodies or Alternative Business Structures (ABSs), which are entities owned by both lawyers and non-lawyers.

We will focus on entities and ABSs that specialise in advocacy, litigation, and specialist legal advice. We will not seek to replicate other regulators' entity regulation regimes.