10 December 2018

The "Authorisation to Practise" process for 2015/16 is now open

You now have until 31 March 2015 to renew your Practising Certificates.

The new method for calculating your Practising Certificate Fee (PCF) will apply, providing a fairer way of calculating fees.

From this year, the PCF will be calculated based on your earnings, not the number of years since you were Called to the Bar.

The new system will operate within the existing "Barrister Connect" portal and is designed to be as simple as possible to use.

There are six rates of PCF related to income bands ranging from £100 for those whose gross earnings are less than £30,000 to £1,500 for those with gross earnings over £240,001. The same bands will apply to both the employed and the self-employed Bar to ensure that no-one is disadvantaged because of the way in which they practise.

Earnings during the 2013/14 financial year will be used as the basis for determining the PCF for the 2015/16 year. You will be required to declare your gross earnings.

More information about the new method of calculation and why it is changing is available on our website.

The new arrangements were approved by the Legal Services Board (LSB) in October 2013 and they also approved this year's fees in January 2015.

The "Authorisation to Practise" process is also the way in which you can best provide us with your diversity monitoring data. Although answering the questions is voluntary, this information is very important in helping us all understand the make-up of the Bar and it helps us meet our regulatory duty to encourage an independent, strong, diverse and effective profession.