Licensed Access

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The term 'Licensed Access' replaces the terms 'BarDIRECT' and 'Direct Professional Access'.

Organisations or individuals that have an identifiable area of expertise or experience can apply to the Bar Standards Board to be licensed to instruct barristers directly. The license holder can instruct any member of the Bar for advice, and in some circumstances representation, on their own behalf or another's behalf in the specialist area.
 

Handbook for Chambers

Information for chambers being instructed on a Licensed Access basis can be found below:
   
Licensed Access Guidance - Handbook for Chambers

Handbook for Clients

Assistance for lay clients on how to instruct a barrister is available below:

Licensed Access Guidance - Handbook for Clients

Licensed Access Terms of Work

The Licensed Access Terms of Work is available:

Licensed Access Terms of Work  

Applying for a License

To apply for a licence, amend an existing licence, or to receive further details of the scheme, please visit the Bar Standards Board's website, or contact the Qualification Regulations section of the Bar Standards Board at qualifications@barstandardsboard.org.uk.

Documents for Barristers

Any barrister may accept a Licensed Access instruction. The Cab-rank rule does not apply but barristers must abide by the Licensed Access Rules.

The Licensed Access Terms of work form the contract by which you agree to instructions with a Licensed Access client.

If you or your clerk have any questions about acceptance of a Licensed Access instruction please contact Ethical Enquiries Service : 020 7611 1307.