This page includes links to our application forms and guidelines on waivers and exemptions from BSB Handbook rules relating to qualifying as a barrister.

  • You must provide all necessary supporting evidence in support of an application, as listed in the application guidelines. We may request further information or documents if needed in order to process your application. Please respond to any request for further information or documents within two weeks.
  • An application will normally be processed within six to eight weeks once it is complete (ie all required evidence and fees are received). Our Service Update page includes the latest guidance on our application processing times.

Contacting the Team

If you would like to speak to a member of the Authorisations Team, we are available between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm in the morning and between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm in the afternoon (Monday to Friday). Please call 020 7611 1444 and you will be connected to a member of the team. If you are unable to call during these hours, please email us (authorisations@barstandardsboard.org.uk) and we will respond in writing as soon as we are able.

Application Fees and Fee Waivers

DOWNLOAD OUR FEE PAYMENTS, WAIVERS & REFUNDS POLICY

Our Policy on Application Fee Payments, Waivers and Refunds includes guidance on:

  • making application fee payments by bank transfer (BACS) or credit/debit card
  • fee waivers
  • refunds

Fee Waiver
Application for a waiver of the fee for any application considered by the BSB's Authorisations Team (including first instance decisions and requests for review).
Application Form 

Please see the table below for a full list of our current application fees.

Application Type Application Fee
Authorisation to Conduct Litigation £90
Certificate of Academic Standing £200
Designation as a Legal Advice Centre £165
Early commencement of the Vocational Component £165
European Lawyer - Registration (Swiss Lawyers only) £440
Exemption (Non-England and Wales Degree Provider) £275
Exemption (Professional Qualifications) £550
Exemption (England and Wales Degree Provider) £550
Exercise of Discretion £220
General Exemption £440
Licensed Access - Amendment/Renewal £100
Licensed Access - Authorisation £200
Licensed Access - Professional Association/Ombudsman £200
New Practitioners Programme (NPP) - Extension £135
New Practitioners Programme (NPP) - Waiver £135
OISC Licensed Access - Level 2 and/or Level 3 Registration £50 pro rata
OISC Licensed Access - Level 2 and/or Level 3 Renewal £50
Public Access Rules - Exemption £165
Pupillage Dispensation £55
Pupillage Funding, Advertising & Recruitment Requirements - Waiver £100
Pupillage Reduction £55
Pupillage Reduction (Barrister also qualified as a Solicitor) £55
Qualified Person Requirement Waiver £165
Reactivation of Stale Qualifications £220
Retrospective Registration £55
Review £200
Review of a Practising Certificate Decision £200
Review of an Entity Authorisation Decision £200
Temporary Call £440
Transferring Qualified Lawyer - Admission for Law Teachers, Qualified European Lawyers, Qualified Foreign Lawyers, Registered European Lawyers, Transferring Solicitors, and Persons with Rights of Audience granted by another Approved Regulator (other than the SRA) £440
Uncommon Waiver £165
Vocational Component Exemption (Bar Exam for non-intending practitioners) £165

For current/prospective students

Includes applications relating to the academic component of training

Please see our Policy for guidance on Application Fee Payments, Waiver and Refunds


Early Commencement of the Vocational Component of Bar Training 
Application by a student for permission to commence a vocational component Bar Course before completion of the academic component of Bar training.
£165 - Application Form - Guidelines

Certificate of Academic Standing 
Application by a student who does not hold a UK Law Degree, who wishes to undertake the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) for completion of the academic component of training.
£200 - Application Form - Guidelines

Exercise of Discretion 
Application by a student who has obtained an undergraduate degree below the required minimum standard of a lower second class honours (2:2).
£220 - Application Form - Guidelines

Reactivation of Stale Qualifications 
Application by a student seeking to commence a vocational component Bar Training Course more than five years after completion of the academic component of training for the Bar.
£220 - Application Form - Guidelines

Exemption (England Wales Degree Provider) 
Application by a student for exemption from the foundations of legal knowledge subjects, where they have passed corresponding subjects within a degree from Degree Provider in England and Wales.
£275 - Application Form - Guidelines

Exemption (Non-England and Wales Degree Provider) 
Application by a student for exemption from the foundations of legal knowledge subjects, where they have passed corresponding subjects within a degree from a Degree Provider outside of England and Wales.
£550 - Application Form - Guidelines

Exemption (Professional Qualifications) 
Application by a student for exemption from the foundations of legal knowledge subjects, where they have passed corresponding subjects within professional qualifications.
£550 - Application Form - Guidelines

For current/prospective pupils

Includes applications relating to pupillage reduction and other dispensations from the regulations governing pupillage, such as late commencement.

Please see our Policy for guidance on Application Fee Payments, Waiver and Refunds


Pupillage Reduction
Application for reductions in pupillage based on experience gained outside the usual
pupillage structure.
£55 - Application Form - Guidelines

Pupillage Reduction (Barrister also qualified as a Solicitor)
Application by an individual who has both been called to the Bar and enrolled as a solicitor and who is seeking a reduction in pupillage.
£55 - Application Form - Guidelines

Pupillage Dispensation
Application for dispensation from the Regulations governing pupillage (including breaks in pupillage and late commencement).
£55 - Application Form - Guidelines

Retrospective Registration
Application for permission to have a relevant period of pupillage treated as having
commenced other than on the date of receipt of the application for registration.
£55 - Application Form Guidelines

For pupillage providers (AETOs)

The Future Bar Training programme concluded that we should remove exemption from the advertising and funding requirements for transferring lawyers who are required to do pupillage. This was to create a level playing field and ensure that:

  • no one who is financially disadvantaged is discriminated against when seeking pupillage opportunities; and
  • all pupillage opportunities are transparently advertised, so that they are not confined to people with the social capital that others may not have to make those “unsolicited approaches”.

Please contact the Authorisations Manager via email to authorisations@barstandardsboard.org.uk if you are unsure about any of our published guidance.


Pupillage Funding and Advertising & Recruitment Requirements Waivers
£100 - Application Form - Guidelines

FUNDING - application for waiver of the pupillage funding requirements (Rules C113-118) which require all pupillages to be funded to a minimum level and payment of other pupillage costs and expenses. 

ADVERTISING AND RECRUITMENT - application for waiver of: a) the requirement for all pupillages to be advertised on the Pupillage Gateway website and recruited in accordance with the mandatory timetable specified in the Bar Qualification Manual; b) the requirement for all assessed mini pupillages to be advertised on the Pupillage Gateway website. 
 

For transferring qualified lawyers

Includes applications for full admission and temporary call to the Bar.

Please see our Policy for guidance on Application Fee Payments, Waiver and Refunds


NOTICE - We will need to create a profile for you on our CRM in order for you to access the online applications listed below. In order for us to do so, please email authorisations@barstandardsboard.org.uk with your full name, postal address, and contact email address. We will confirm your CRM Contact number by return of email. 

Once your profile has been created, you should select ‘Online application for transferring Lawyers’ and ‘Transferring Qualified Lawyer’ on the MyBar portal.


Qualified Foreign Lawyers
Application by Qualified Foreign Lawyers (as defined in the BSB Handbook) for admission to the Bar.
£440 - Online Application - Online Application Guidelines - see Notice (5 January 2021) above

Law Teachers
Application by teachers of the law of England and Wales for relaxation of the usual
requirements for Call to the Bar and entry into practice.
£440 - Online Application - Online Application Guidelines - see Notice (5 January 2021) above

European Lawyer - Admission
Application by Qualified European Lawyers (as defined in the BSB Handbook) for admission to the Bar.
£440 - Online Application - Online Application Guidelines - see Notice (5 January 2021) above

European Lawyer - Registration
Application for registration as a Registered European Lawyer, pursuant to the European Establishment Directive 98/5/EC of 16 February 1999. NB. VALID FOR SWISS QUALIFIED LAWYERS ONLY AFTER 1 JANUARY 2021.
£440 - Application Form - Guidelines 

Registered European Lawyer - Admission 
Application by a Registered European Lawyer for admission to the Bar after three years' regular and effective practice. 
£440 - Online Application - Online Application Guidelines - see Notice (5 January 2021) above

Admission - Person with rights of audience granted by another Approved Regulator, other than the SRA 
Application for admission to the Bar for a person who has been granted rights of audience by another Approved Regulator, other than the SRA. 
£440 - Online Application - Online Application Guidelines - see Notice (5 January 2021) above

Transferring Solicitors
Application by solicitors admitted and enrolled in England & Wales or Northern Ireland for relaxation of the usual requirements for Call to the Bar and entry into practice.
£440 - Online Application - Online Application Guidelines - see Notice (5 January 2021) above

Temporary Call 
Application to allow an applicant to appear in court in England and Wales to conduct a specific case or cases only.
£440 - Application Form - Guidelines

General waivers, exemptions, authorisations and designations

Please see our Policy for guidance on Application Fee Payments, Waiver and Refunds


General Exemption
Application for exemption from all or part of the academic component and/or vocational component and/or pupillage/work-based learning component of training for the Bar.
£440 - Application Form - Guidelines

Vocational Component Exemption (Bar Exam for non-intending practitioners)
Application for exemption from the vocational component of training by those who had passed the Bar Examination for non-intending practitioners to determine their eligibility to commence pupillage.
£165 - Application Form - Guidelines

Designation as a Legal Advice Centre   
Application by legal advice centres for designation as suitable for the employment or attendance of barristers.
£165 - Application Form - Guidelines

Reviews

Please see our Policy for guidance on Application Fee Payments, Waiver and Refunds


Review
Application for review of specified decisions taken by the Bar Standards Board, the Inns of Court and the Inns' Conduct Committee.
£200 - Application Form - Guidelines

Review of a Practising Certificate Decision 
Application for review of a decision of the Bar Standards Board regarding the
issue/amendment/revocation of a Practising Certificate.
£200 - Application Form - Guidelines

Review of an Entity Authorisation Decision 
Application for review of a decision of the Bar Standards Board regarding the authorisation of an Entity (BSB authorised body/BSB licensed body).
£200 - Application Form - Guidelines

Requests for Review of an Authorisation Decision relating to COVID-19

I am unhappy with a decision and want to apply for a review, are the Independent Reviewers still hearing cases?

Where a right of review or appeal exists in relation to an Authorisations decision, if you are unhappy with such a decision taken by us, your right to review is unaffected and our independent review panel will meet via video conference to consider such requests.


I was unable to submit my application for a review on time, due to being unwell with coronavirus, can I still request a review?

Applications received which would normally be considered out of time, will be accepted where applicants have been affected by Covid-19.


I have received a decision from the review panel and I disagree with it, can I still appeal?

Applicants who remain dissatisfied still have the right of appeal, arrangements for hearings will be decided by the High Court.