Public Access for clerks

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Excellent course, interaction made it much more interesting than usual courses 

Course objectives

Course format

Course calendar and bookings

In-chambers courses

Introduction

A mixture of barristers, clerks and other chambers' employees are always encouraged to attend Public Access courses as the different perspectives add real value to the discussions during the course.  However, the Bar Council has specifically put together a short half day course for clerks who are looking to learn the aspects of Public Access that they need to be familiar with to support their barristers when accepting Public Access instructions.

Course objectives

The Public Access Course for clerks and chambers' employees is designed to reinforce delegates' understanding of the applicable rules and to identify under what circumstances it is reasonable or not to accept instructions from a lay client or their intermediary.  It will explain what work can and cannot be undertaken with guidance on how to communicate the parameter of Public Access work to clients.  In particular it will help delegates understand:

  • marketing Public Access effectively
  • how a barristers' function does not change by undertaking Public Access work
  • how the Public Access rules are applied
  • when instructions may be accepted from lay clients or their intermediary
  • the application of the 'cab-rank' rule
  • when it is appropriate to refuse to accept instructions from lay clients or their intermediary
  • the rules governing barristers' actions if the client is likely to be eligible for public funding
  • how fees can be calculated and the rule against 'fees on account'
  • the administrative undertaking and model client care letters
  • the insurance implications (indemnity and after-the-event)
  • how the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 affect a Public Access practice, and
  • when the provisions of the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) 2002 apply to Public Access work.

Course format

To ensure this course will fit into busy schedules, it will only last half a day.

Course calendar and bookings

If you are interested in attending a course and a convenient location is not listed below, please email Faye Kelleher to register your interest in the course and the preferable location.

Day Date Time Location
Tuesday 2 September 2014 09:30-13:30 Bar Council, London
Wednesday 8 October 2014 09:30-13:30 Bar Council, London
Wednesday 8 October 2014 14:00-18:00 Bar Council, London
Friday 14 November 2014 09:30-13:30 Bar Council, London
Friday 14 November 2014 14:00-18:00 Bar Council, London
Thursday 11 December 2014 09:30-13:30 Bar Council, London
Thursday 11 December 2014 14:00-18:00 Bar Council, London

 To book

Click here to book and pay online using the online booking portal. You will select the course you wish to attend on the booking site.

Click here to download a booking form which can be emailed to Faye Kelleher  Please note that you will only be able to pay by cheque of BACS if using this method.

 

Please ensure you have read and accept the training Terms and Conditions before booking a course. 

 

Price

  • £150 (plus VAT)

How to book in-chambers courses

The Bar Council can arrange trainers to come to your chambers for in-house Public Access courses for clerks on a day and time that suits you.

The class can be between 12 - 20 people and is charged at a reduced rate.

Contact FKelleher@BarCouncil.org.uk for more information, pricing or to book an in-chambers course.

Please ensure you have read the terms and conditions before booking an in-chambers course.