22 September 2018

Changes to the Cab Rank Rule

We have published new guidance on the Cab Rank Rule for when you are instructed by a professional client who is not a solicitor. The purpose of the guidance is to ensure that all "authorised persons" can instruct barristers under the Cab Rank Rule on the same terms.

We have also updated the Cab Rank Rule, in the Handbook at rC30.7.b. The exemption from the Cab Rank Rule no longer refers to the Bar Council's List of Defaulting Solicitors. Instead, you are now entitled to refuse instructions if you reasonably believe that a professional client represents "an unacceptable credit risk". The supporting guidance has been revised to include examples of when you might conclude that a professional client represents "an unacceptable credit risk".