16 October 2018

Public Access training reminder: six months to go

Were you registered to undertake Public Access work prior to October 2013? If so, you must complete top-up training by 4 October 2015 or cease to undertake Public Access work. Many Public Access barristers have completed the top-up training already .

The BSB has appointed the Bar Council, Barristers Direct and HJT Training to provide the top-up training. More information on the training providers (including their contact details) is available here.

If you were registered to undertake Public Access work prior to October 2013, but do not complete top-up training by 4 October 2015 and continue to undertake Public Access work, you could be subject to disciplinary action.

A small number will be eligible for a waiver from the top-up 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 required. If you think you might be eligible for a waiver, you should not leave it too late before applying. Applications may take up to eight weeks to be processed.