Historic Liberalisation of Permitted Practice at the Bar
1 April 2010
The Legal Services Board approves Bar Standards Board
applications designed to relax provisions in Code of Conduct for
barristers' working practices.
Significant changes to the Code of Conduct now for the first time
permit barristers to:
- Become managers of Legal Disciplinary Practices (LDPs)
- Work in partnerships
- Work in both a self-employed capacity and employed capacity at
the same time (although not in the same case)
- Hold shares in LDPs
- Share premises and office facilities with others
- Investigate and collect evidence and witness statements
- Attend police stations
- Conduct correspondence
In addition, there has been a significant extension to the
Public Access Scheme.
The Legal Services Board (LSB) approved three applications,
submitted by the BSB, that change or relax provisions in the Code
of Conduct relating to barristers' working practices. The code
amendments and the guidance approved by the LSB take immediate
The LSB (which has taken over responsibility to approve such
amendments from the Ministry of Justice), approved the following
LDP Application - This application arises from the
Board decisions in November 2009 to permit barristers to work as
managers in Legal Disciplinary Practices (LDPs), to work in a 'dual
capacity', to hold shares in LDPs, to work in partnerships.
The Structure of Self-Employed Practice Application -
This application also arose from the November 2009 Board meeting
and in many ways complements the first by enabling the Bar to offer
services to consumers in a variety of flexible ways, including
permitting barristers to: share premises and office facilities with
others, investigate and collect evidence and witness statements,
attend police stations, conduct correspondence.
The Public Access Scheme Application - This
application follows the review of the public access scheme in 2009.
It is a further set of changes designed to enable greater direct
access to barristers' services for consumers and permits barristers
to: offer services in an enlarged area and to engage in
correspondence between parties.
Commenting on the LSB's approval of the BSB's Code amendments,
Baroness Deech, BSB Chair, said:
"The BSB is committed to making appropriate changes to permitted
practice at the Bar to benefit its clients in terms of greater
access to barristers' services, broadening the range of services
available from the Bar, giving consumers more choice and bringing
down costs whilst maintaining the high standards associated with
the Bar. The BSB is therefore very pleased that the LSB has
approved these three applications as submitted."
Notes to the Editor
1. The following link takes you to application decisions on the
Legal Services Board's website:
2. For more information please contact the Bar Standards Board
Press Office on 020 7067 0123
3. Visit the Bar Standards Board website at