Practising Certificate Fee (PCF) Consultation
30 October 2012
Update for the profession: the Bar Council has launched a
consultation for the profession on the practising certificate fee
The Bar Council receives over 60 per cent of its funding from
the practising Bar. In the current financial year, that amounts to
around £8m. This is recovered from the practising Bar via a
compulsory Practising Certificate Fee (PCF), payable by every
The way in which the PCF is allocated to individual practising
barristers has not changed in three decades, whilst over that same
period, the Bar itself has become a very different profession,
operating in a much more challenging and competitive
This consultation asks whether there is an appetite amongst the
practising Bar to move away from the present 'year of Call' based
allocation to one more reflective of each individual's practice. It
also asks whether the current differential in PCF between employed
and self-employed practitioners should be retained.
Strong views have been expressed about the need for change in
the way in which the PCF is allocated. What this consultation seeks
to establish is, first, the direction of any future change; and
second, whether there is a strong enough consensus for that change
to be implemented. Only by responding can members of the Bar
influence the outcome.
Please take the time to read the background information
to the consultation available online
here, and respond to the short online survey here before 28 November 2012.
Any resulting changes to the method of collecting the PCF would be
implemented from 2014/15.