The Public Access Rules are Rules C119 - C131 of the Code of
Conduct in the
All barristers must complete Public Access training prior to
undertaking Public Access work.
A small number will be eligible for a waiver from the training,
but they must apply for this. Those most likely to be eligible for
a waiver will be able to demonstrate extensive experience of
undertaking Public Access work and Legal Aid cases involving
vulnerable clients, and the associated knowledge and understanding
Barristers of fewer than three years' practising
experience can undertake Public Access work if they complete
the new Public Access training.They must also:
Public access barristers and the new Code of
From 6 January 2014 the Bar should refer to
a new Handbook for rules and guidance on their conduct as
barristers. The revised Code now forms Part two of the new BSB
'Handbook', which brings together all the BSB's regulations and
guidance for barristers into one publication.
For Public Access barristers, one of the key changes is that
self-employed barristers are allowed to apply for an extension to
their practising certificate in order to be able to conduct
This means that, as long as Public Access barristers have the
correct authorisation, their clients no longer have to act as a
self-representing litigant or instruct a solicitor, should the case
go to court.
Legal aid work and public access barristers
The Public Access scheme has been widened to include clients who
might be entitled to Legal Aid.
Find out more
To apply for a waiver from the training, download the form
on the right hand side of this webpage.
For more information email us via email@example.com
(Barristers can get in touch via the Bar Council's Public Access
helpline on 0207 611 1472)
The BSB has appointed the Bar Council, Barristers Direct and HJT
Training to deliver Public Access training schemes.
Contact details for the Bar Council are: 020 7242 0082, PAenquiry@BarCouncil.org.uk
Contact details for Barristers Direct are: 020 7822 7000, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact details for HJT Training are: 020 3405 2942, email@example.com