The old Code of Conduct

From 6 January 2014 the Bar should refer to a  new Handbook for rules and guidance on their conduct as barristers.

The Code of Conduct contains 11 parts. These are accessible from the links below. You will find guidance to the Code in the relevant sections.

Barristers may wish to note that the Bar Council operates an Ethical Helpline to assist its members with enquiries about the Code of Conduct.  Please note, the Bar Standards Board (as the independent regulator) has responsibility for determining whether breaches of the Code have occurred, and in reaching this decision it will not be bound by advice given by the Bar Council or its Ethical Helpline.  It remains each barrister's responsibility to ensure he or she complies with the Code of Conduct.


 

 

 



Part I - Preliminary

The eighth edition of the Code of Conduct is no longer in force, and was replaced on 6 January 2014 by the BSB Handbook. This is an archived webpage.

View Part 1

The whole of Part I can be viewed through the link above and below are quick links to selected areas of Part I.

Part II - Practising requirements

The eighth edition of the Code of Conduct is no longer in force, and was replaced on 6 January 2014 by the BSB Handbook. This is an archived webpage.

View Part II 

Part II sets out the circumstances in which barristers may practise.

The whole of Part II can be viewed through the link above and below are quick links to selected areas of Part II

Part III - Fundamental principles

The eighth edition of the Code of Conduct is no longer in force, and was replaced on 6 January 2014 by the BSB Handbook. This is an archived webpage.

View Part III

Part III includes duty for barristers not to act dishonestly or bring profession in to dispute.

The whole of Part III can be viewed through the link above and below are quick links to selected areas of Part III

Part IV - Self-employed barristers

The eighth edition of the Code of Conduct is no longer in force, and was replaced on 6 January 2014 by the BSB Handbook. This is an archived webpage.

View Part IV

Part IV concerns self-employed barristers only.

The whole of Part IV can be viewed through the link above and below are quick links to selected areas of Part IV

Part V - Employed barristers

The eighth edition of the Code of Conduct is no longer in force, and was replaced on 6 January 2014 by the BSB Handbook. This is an archived webpage.

View Part V

Part V contains rules governing Employed barristers.

The whole of Part V can be viewed through the link above and below are quick links to selected areas of Part V

Part VI - Acceptance and return ofinstructions

The eighth edition of the Code of Conduct is no longer in force, and was replaced on 6 January 2014 by the BSB Handbook. This is an archived webpage.

View Part VI 

Part VI deals with barristers accepting instructions.

The whole of Part VI can be viewed through the link above and below are quick links to selected areas of Part VI

Part VII - Conduct of work by practisingbarristers

The eighth edition of the Code of Conduct is no longer in force, and was replaced on 6 January 2014 by the BSB Handbook. This is an archived webpage.

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Part VII contains the duties of barristers when conduct work.

The whole of Part VII can be viewed through the link above and below are quick links to selected areas of Part VII

Part VIII - Miscellaneous

The eighth edition of the Code of Conduct is no longer in force, and was replaced on 6 January 2014 by the BSB Handbook. This is an archived webpage.

View Part VIII

Part VIII sets out miscellaneous provisions.

The whole of Part VIII can be viewed through the link above and below are quick links to selected areas of Part VIII

Part IX - Compliance

The eighth edition of the Code of Conduct is no longer in force, and was replaced on 6 January 2014 by the BSB Handbook. This is an archived webpage.

View Part IX

Part IX sets out duty to inform Bar Satndards Board in the event of criminal convictions, bankruptcy etc.

The whole of Part IX can be viewed through the link above.

Part X - Definitions

The eighth edition of the Code of Conduct is no longer in force, and was replaced on 6 January 2014 by the BSB Handbook. This is an archived webpage.

View Part X

Part X This section contains the definition of terms used in the Code.

The whole of Part X can be viewed through the link above.

Part XI - Transitional provisions

The eighth edition of the Code of Conduct is no longer in force, and was replaced on 6 January 2014 by the BSB Handbook. This is an archived webpage.

View Part XI

Part XI  contains the transitional arrangements affecting people who were barristers before this edition of the Code came into force.

The whole of Part XI can be viewed through the link above.