On this page, you can find application forms and guidelines on waivers and exemptions from rules in the BSB Handbook relating to qualifying as a barrister.

For applications relating to CPD, visit our page on CPD waivers and exemptions.

For applications relating to public and licensed access, visit our Public and Licensed Access page. For applications relating to conducting litigation, visit our conducting litigation page.

Applications must be made in writing on the correct application form, and there is a fee payable for each application. You must ensure that you have submitted all necessary supporting evidence with the application form, as any failure to do so may result in delays in dealing with the application. We may request that you supply further information or documentation in support of your application. If you refuse to provide the required evidence, we reserve the right to reject your application.

All applications and supporting documentation will be provided with the strictest confidence.

The application process takes between six to eight weeks, after all required information and fees are received. We aim to deal with all review applications within ten weeks of receipt.

For current/prospective students

Includes applications relating to the academic component of training

NOTE (22 January 2020) - We are in the process of revising the academic component application forms and guidelines. Until the new versions are available, please continue to use the documents at the links below and disregard the 31 August 2019 deadline included in these versions.

Exemption (QLD Provider) 
Application by a student for exemption from the foundation subjects, where they have passed corresponding subjects within a degree (other than a Qualifying Law Degree) from a QLD Provider.
£275 - Application Form - Guidelines

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

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

Reactivation of Stale Qualifications 
Application by a student seeking to commence the BPTC more than five years after
completion of the Academic Component of training for the Bar.
£220 - Application Form - Guidelines

Rule Q28.1 Waiver 
Application by a student for permission to commence the Vocational Component of training for the Bar before completion of the Academic Component.
£165 - Application Form Guidelines

Exemption (Non-QLD Provider) 
Application by a student for exemption from the foundation subjects, where they have passed corresponding subjects within a degree from a non-QLD Provider.
£550 - Application Form - Guidelines

Exemption (Professional Qualifications) 
Application by a student for exemption from the foundation 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.

Applications listed below with an asterisk (*) have an online application form available

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

Pupillage Funding and Advertising Requirements Waivers (*)
Application for waiver of the requirements for all pupillages to be funded and/or advertised in accordance with the Regulations. 
£100 - Application Form - Online Application -  Guidelines

For transferring qualified lawyers

Includes applications relating to the Bar Transfer Test and temporary call to the Bar

Qualified Foreign Lawyers
Application by Qualified Foreign Lawyers (as defined in the BSB Handbook) for admission to the Bar.
£440 - Application Form - Guidelines

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 - Application Form - Guidelines

European Lawyer - Admission
Application by Qualified European Lawyers (as defined in the BSB Handbook) for admission to the Bar.
£440 - Application Form - Guidelines

European Lawyer - Registration
Application for registration as a Registered European Lawyer, pursuant to the European Establishment Directive 98/5/EC of 16 February 1999.
£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 - Application Form Guidelines

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 - Application Form - Guidelines

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 - Application Form - Guidelines

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

Extension of Time for completion of the Bar Transfer Test ("BTT") (*)    
Application 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.
£55 -  Application Form - Guidelines

General waivers, exemptions, authorisations and designations

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 of a European Lawyer as a Qualified Person
Application by a European Lawyer to act as a qualified person to a barrister practising in another Member State.
No Fee (£0) - 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

Review
Application for review of specified decisions taken by the Bar Standards Board 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

Application Fees and Fee Waivers

Our fees are charged on a cost-recovery basis.

You may request a waiver of any of the following application fees by completing the relevant application form.

Fee Waiver - Academic Component
Application for a waiver of the fee for all applications in the category for current/prospective students.
Application Form - Policy

Fee Waiver - General
Application for a waiver of the fee for all other applications.
Application Form - Policy

If a fee waiver is not applicable, we may accept fee payments via an instalment plan. Please contact us for further guidance on instalment plans.

Application Type Application Fee

Admission - Person with Rights of Audience granted by another Approved Regulator, other than the SRA

£440
Authorisation to Conduct Litigation £90
Certificate of Academic Standing £200
Designation as a Legal Advice Centre None (£0)
Designation of a European Lawyer as a Qualified Person None (£0)
Early commencement of the Vocational Component £165
European Lawyer - Admission £440
European Lawyer - Registration £440
Exemption (Non-UK course provider) £275
Exemption (Professional Qualifications) £550
Exemption (UK course provider) £550
Exercise of Discretion £220
Extension of Time for completion of the Bar Transfer Test (BTT) £55
General Exemption £440
Law Teachers £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 Registration £50 pro rata
OISC Licensed Access - Level 3 Registration £50 pro rata
OISC Licensed Access - Level 2 Renewal £50 pro rata
OISC Licensed Access - Level 3 Renewal £50 pro rata
Public Access Rules - Exemption £165
Pupillage Dispensation £55
Pupillage Funding and Advertising Requirements - Waiver £100
Pupillage Reduction £55
Pupillage Reduction (Barrister also qualified as a Solicitor) £55
Qualified Foreign Lawyers £440
Qualified Person Requirement Waiver £165
Reactivation of Stale Qualifications £220
Registered European Lawyer - Admission £440
Retrospective Registration £55
Review £200
Review of a Practising Certificate Decision £200
Review of an Entity Authorisation Decision £200
Temporary Call £440
Transferring Solicitors £440
Vocational Component Exemption (Bar Exam for non-intending practitioners) £165