Authorisation to Practise
The Bar Council and
Bar Standards Board (BSB) have adopted a more structured
approach to barristers' registration, known as 'Authorisation to
The new rules modernise the authorisation process and bring the
arrangements into compliance with the Legal Services Act 2007.
During the new process, barristers will be asked to:
- verify their current contact details
- verify their practising status and entitlement to exercise
reserved legal activities
- confirm whether they have completed the requisite amount of
continuing professional development (CPD) activity
- declare that they have obtained and paid for adequate indemnity
- pay their practising certificate fee, and
- sign a declaration of truth, which is designed to ensure
understanding of the process and new system.
The renewal can be completed via Barrister
Our latest briefing on the Authorisation to Practise process is
Additional information about Authorisation to Practise is
available on the
Bar Standards Board 's website, including
Frequently Asked Questions ,
PCF for the employed Bar and
fees for the self-employed Bar.
If you have any trouble logging on to Barrister
Connect, please contact the Records Office on
020 7242 0934 or email BarristerConnect@BarCouncil.org.uk
You may also find it helpful to refer to the Barrister
Connect user guidance.