Authorisation to Practise process now open

2 February 2015

The annual Authorisation to Practise process has now opened, featuring a new method for calculating a barristers' Practising Certificate Fee (PCF).

Barristers have until 31 March 2015 to renew their practising certificates, which is a compulsory part of the Authorisation to Practise process.

From this year, a barrister's PCF will be calculated based on their declared earnings, not the number of years since they were called to the Bar.

The new system will operate within the existing 'Barrister Connect' portal and is designed to be as simple as possible to use.

The Authorisation to Practise process is also the way in which barristers provide diversity monitoring data. Although answering the questions is voluntary, this information is very important in helping to understand the make-up of the Bar. It helps the Bar Standards Board meet its regulatory duty to encourage an independent, strong, diverse and effective profession and helps the Bar Council identify challenges faced by different members of the Bar and deliver support as required.

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. The same bands will apply to both the employed and the self-employed Bar to ensure that no-one is disadvantaged because of the way in which they practise.

Earnings during the 2013/14 financial year will be used as the basis for determining the PCF for the 2015/16 year.

More information about the new method of calculation and why it is changing is available on the Bar Standards Board website https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/regulatory-requirements/for-barristers/practising-certificate/.

The new arrangements were approved by the Legal Services Board (LSB) in October 2013 and they also approved the fees in January 2015.

 

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Notes to Editors

About the Bar Standards Board (BSB)

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  • The Bar's high quality specialist advocacy and advisory services
  • 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.