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Transferring lawyers

This page gives an overview of the process for transferring to the Bar for qualified lawyers and other qualified legal professionals.

15 October 2019

Transferring qualified lawyers guidelines

This document contains criteria and guidelines for transferring lawyers.

7A: Types of transferring lawyers

This section includes information on the different types of qualified lawyer who may apply for admission to the Bar of England and Wales on the basis of prior qualification(s) and experience. Overview 1  The rules regarding exemption from any of the individual components of Bar training are set out in the BSB Handbook  at Rules Q7-Q12 . 2  There are specific rules regarding exemptions granted to transferring lawyers. For details of those individuals or groups that may be entitled to Full Exemption from the components of Bar training, please see Part 7B of the Bar Qualification Manual . For details of those individuals or groups that may be entitled to Partial Exemption from the components of Bar training, please see ...

Transferring Lawyers with outstanding BTT requirements

This guidance applies to all Transferring Qualified Lawyers (TQLs) who are seeking admission to the Bar and have outstanding Bar Transfer Test (BTT) requirements.

Registered European Lawyers

rQ17 The Rules governing registration as a Registered European Lawyer are in Section 3.D of this Handbook . rQ18 To the extent provided in the Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement , the BSB may not require an applicant who is a Registered European Lawyer and who falls within Rule Q20 or Q21 to pass a Bar Transfer Test unless it considers that the applicant is unfit to practise as a barrister . rQ19 In considering whether to require an applicant who falls within Rule Q21 to pass a Bar Transfer Test , the BSB must: .1 take into account the professional activities the applicant has pursued while a Registered European Lawyer and any knowledge and professional experience gained of, and any ...

7C: Transfer route (partial exemption)

This section includes information on transferring lawyers who apply for admission to the Bar of England and Wales and receive partial exemption from the components of Bar training. Bar Qualification Rules 1  The rules regarding full exemption from the individual components of Bar training are set out in the BSB Handbook at Rules Q23-Q24 . Overview 2  If you are seeking admission to the Bar of England and Wales as a transferring lawyer, you will be required to make an application for exemption from the three components of Bar training: the academic component , the vocational component , and the work-based learning (pupillage) component (see Part 2 , Part 3 and Part 4   of this Bar Qualification Manual). The ...

7B: Transfer route (full exemption)

This section includes information on transferring lawyers who apply for admission to the Bar of England and Wales and receive full exemption from the components of Bar training. Bar Qualification Rules 1   The rules regarding full exemption from the individual components of Bar training are set out in the BSB Handbook at Rules Q13-Q16 . Overview 2  If you are seeking admission to the Bar of England and Wales as a transferring lawyer, you will be required to make an application for exemption from the three components of Bar training: the academic component , the vocational component , and the work-based learning (pupillage) component (see Part 2 , Part 3 and Part 4  of this Bar Qualification Manual). The ...

7D: The Bar Transfer Test (BTT)

This section includes information for transferring qualified lawyers on the academic and vocational assessments they may be required to complete as BTT candidates as a condition of their admission to the Bar of England and Wales. Overview 1  We have the power to exempt transferring qualified lawyers from any of the individual components of Bar training, either in full or partially. Such exemptions may be granted subject to passing certain sections of a Bar Transfer Test (BTT). 2  Formerly, the BTT comprised a series of 11 assessments split into two sections – Part A and Part B – which were designed to test the knowledge and skills required for completion of the academic and vocational components of Bar training. 3  ...

22 June 2012

Bar Standards Board seeks views on Bar Transfer Test

The Bar Standards Board has issued a consultation reviewing the Bar Transfer Test (BTT).

1 July 2019

Bar Transfer Test Handbook

This pdf document sets out the requirements for the Bar Transfer Test (BTT).

Becoming a barrister: an overview

Learn all about becoming a barrister and the different components of Bar training including information for transferring lawyers.

12 October 2018

BSB information for lawyers from the European Economic Area after Brexit

The UK Government has today published the Services Technical Notice (TN). This includes a basic description of the arrangements for the regulation of legal services activities and those individuals and bodies who deliver them in the event of a "no-deal" Brexit.

15 October 2019

Bar Transfer Test extension application form

Application form for an extension of time to complete the Bar Transfer Test, where a BTT candidate has been unable to complete the assessments within two years of registering and can evidence mitigating circumstances in support of their application.

15 October 2019

Guidelines on Bar Transfer Test extensions

This document contains guidelines about the extension of Time for completion of the Bar Transfer Test

15 October 2019

Application for registration as a European Lawyer

Application form for registration as a Registered European Lawyer, pursuant to the European Establishment Directive 98/5/EC of 16 February 1999.

15 October 2019

European lawyer qp designation guidelines 2019

THIS PDF DOCUMENT CONTAINS CRITERIA AND GUIDELINES FOR APPLICATIONS FOR DESIGNATION OF A EUROPEAN LAWYER AS A QUALIFIED PERSON.

Temporary call to the Bar of Qualified Foreign Lawyers

rQ25 A Qualified Foreign Lawyer (“the applicant”) who falls within Rule Q24.2 may apply to be called to the Bar by an Inn on a temporary basis for the purpose of appearing as counsel in a particular case before a court of England and Wales without being required to satisfy any other requirements of this Section if the applicant has: .1 obtained from the BSB and submitted to an Inn a Temporary Qualification Certificate  specifying the case for the purposes of which the applicant is authorised to be called to the Bar ; .2 duly completed and signed a call declaration in the form prescribed by the BSB from time to time; and .3 paid such fee or fees as may ...

Part 3 - D. The Registration of European Lawyers Rules

rS78 If you are a Qualified Swiss  lawyer and wish to practise in England and Wales under a home professional title , you may apply to the Bar Standards Board to be registered as a registered European lawyer . Such an application will be valid if it was made before 1 January 2025 and in accordance with the Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement. rS79 An application for registration must be made before 1 January 2025 in such form as may be prescribed by the Bar Standards Board and be accompanied by: .1 a certificate, not more than three months old at the date of receipt of the application by the Bar Standards Board , that you are registered with the Competent Authority ...