Litigation training


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January 2014 saw the publication of the new Bar Standards Board (BSB) Handbook The focus of regulation is based on the concept of risk.

"We call it "risk-based regulation"...In the past we based our regulation on very strict rules. We could not readily adapt our approach to different circumstances and often we could only take action after something had gone wrong.  Rules still play an important part in our new way of working. But   now we are starting to work in a more flexible way whenever we decide on the best action to take. This approach helps us to regulate in line with the regulatory principles set out in the Legal Services Act 2007, s28.

A further key change in 2014 was that, for the first time, self-employed barristers were allowed to apply for an extension to their practising certificate in order to be able to conduct litigation. The result: as long as PA barristers have the correct authorisation, their clients no longer have to act as a self-representing litigant or instruct a solicitor, should the case go to court. As confidence in the PA model has grown, so too has the demand for this authorization to conduct litigation.

In order to apply for an extension to practising certificates authorising individuals to conduct litigation, each barrister will need to complete an application form. In reviewing this application, authorisation staff will assess whether it meets the criteria for authorisation. One of the key factors being considered during this process is the training and experience of litigation.


The Bar Council is providing a one day training course to prepare practitioners for this exciting development in the way they are entitled to practice.

Course objectives

Risk Awareness

In April 2016, The Bar Standards Board (BSB) produced three documents designed to complement the approach set out in the BSB 2016-2019 Strategic Plan. 

These are:

            i)          The Risk Framework describes the BSB approach to identifying and managing risks in the legal system;

            ii)         The Risk Index categorises those risks;

            iii)        The Risk Outlook prioritises three risk themes the BSB think should  be the current focus of our regulatory attention.

In line with this approach, the focus of the course is not on areas of black letter law relating to elements of legal services not hitherto delivered by barristers - although the relevant provisions of the CPR 1998 and FPR 2010 will of course be considered. 

Rather it will be looking at areas of potential risk in terms of the delivery of the consumer services. Delegates will be directed to consider the risk profile of:

            1.         The client.

            2.         The subject matter.

            3.         Other involved/related parties (including LiPs)

            4.         The procedural aspects and steps required at particular stages of  litigation.

            5.         Their own methods and patterns of working.

Working through the anatomy of a case, there will be much opportunity for

discussion, debate and further learning.

Course format

The litigation course will run from 09:30 until 17:30.

CPD - 5.5

Course calendar and bookings

Please contact the Training and Events team to express an interest in an alternative location. 

Day Date Location  How to Book
Thursday 31 January 2019 London

*Fully Booked*

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Wednesday 13 March 2019  London  Click here to book 

Please contact the Training and Events team for dates for Litigation training

***Prior to attending the course, we would ordinarily expect you to have undertaken the public access training course, or to have renewed your public access training.***

For further guidance on the authorisation to conduct litigation please click here.

How to book

Click here to book and pay online using the online booking portal. You will select the course you wish to attend on the booking site.

Please ensure you have read and accept the training Terms and Conditions before booking a course. 

***Please note, satisfactory completion of this course is only part of the required steps to be authorised to conduct litigation***


  • £240 (plus VAT) For those who have paid the Bar Representation Fee (BRF)*

  • £280 (plus VAT) For those who have not paid the Bar Representation Fee*

    *To find out whether you have paid your BRF, please contact the Training and Events team

    How to book in-chambers courses

    One style doesn't fit all, one location doesn't suit all.

    If your chambers has a number of delegates wishing to be trained in litigation, we can arrange the trainer to come to you.

    This can be arranged at any chambers around England and Wales, at a reduced rate, on any day of the week.

    Contact the Training and Events team for more information, pricing or to book an in-chambers course.

  • Please ensure you read and accept the terms and conditions before booking an in-chambers course.