New, fairer way of calculating barristers' practising certificate fees announced
25 September 2014
The way in which barristers' Practising Certificate Fees (PCF)
are calculated will soon change to become fairer, the Bar Standards
Board and Bar Council have announced today.
From 2015, a barrister's PCF will be calculated based on their
earnings, not the number of years since they were Called to the
Bar. The change - developed following research and consultation
during 2012 and 2013 - will harmonise the arrangements for employed
and self-employed barristers, providing a fairer method of
calculation that is simple and enforceable
Under the new arrangements, all barristers will be required to
declare their gross earnings as part of the annual 'Authorisation
to Practise' process; the method by which all barristers are
required to renew their practising certificates. The PCF is the
compulsory fee paid by barristers as part of this process.
There will be six rates of PCF related to income bands ranging
from £100 for those whose gross earnings are less than £30,000 to
£1,500 for those with gross earnings over £240,001. Earnings during
the 2013/14 financial year will be used as the basis for
determining the PCF for the 2015/16 year.
In a joint letter from the BSB and Bar Council, which was today
sent to all barristers, Chief Executive of the Bar Council Stephen
Crowne said:"The new method for calculating the PCF is designed to
be simple, fair and enforceable. We know some 62% of barristers
surveyed in 2013 favoured an income based PCF model, and even more
- 65% - opposed to the continuation of the present method."
Barristers are not required to take any action now. Further
instructions will be issued in early 2015.
More information about the new method of calculation and why it
is changing is available on the Bar Standards Board website.
The new arrangements were approved by the Legal Services Board
(LSB) in October 2013.
Notes to Editors
About the Bar Standards Board (BSB)
The BSB's mission is to regulate the Bar so as to promote high
standards of practice and safeguard clients and the public
Contact: the Bar Standards Board Press Office on 0207 6111
About the Bar Council
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- The Bar's high quality specialist advocacy and advisory
- Fair access to justice for all
- The highest standards of ethics, equality and diversity across
the profession, and
- The development of business opportunities for barristers at
home and abroad.
Contact: the Bar Council Press Office on 020 7222 2525 and Press@BarCouncil.org.uk.