Public Access for Clerks

Excellent course, interaction made it much more interesting than usual courses 


A mixture of barristers, clerks and other chambers' employees are always encouraged to attend Public Access courses as the different perspectives add real value to the discussions during the course.  However, the Bar Council has specifically put together a short half day course for clerks who are looking to learn the aspects of Public Access that they need to be familiar with to support their barristers when accepting Public Access instructions.

Course objectives

The Public Access Course for clerks and chambers' employees is designed to reinforce delegates' understanding of the applicable rules and to identify under what circumstances it is reasonable or not to accept instructions from a lay client or their intermediary.  It will explain what work can and cannot be undertaken with guidance on how to communicate the parameter of Public Access work to clients.  In particular it will help delegates understand:

  • Marketing Public Access effectively
  • How a barristers' function does not change by undertaking Public Access work
  • How the Public Access rules are applied
  • When instructions may be accepted from lay clients or their intermediary
  • The application of the 'cab-rank' rule
  • When it is appropriate to refuse to accept instructions from lay clients or their intermediary
  • The rules governing barristers' actions if the client is likely to be eligible for public funding
  • How fees can be calculated and the rule against 'fees on account'
  • The administrative undertaking and model client care letters
  • The insurance implications (indemnity and after-the-event)
  • How the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 affect a Public Access practice, and
  • When the provisions of the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) 2002 apply to Public Access work.



Chambers  management package*


How to Book 

Wednesday 29 January 2020

09:30 - 13:30 4 credits Bar Council, London *Fully booked*
Wednesday 11 March 2020 09:30 - 13:30 4 credits

Bar Council, London

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  • £150 (plus VAT)

Please  click here to find out about in-chamber bespoke training provided by The Bar Council

*This training session is available as part of the Bar Council's Annual Chambers Membership package. Chambers membership gives you access to a range of training and support throughout the year, chosen to suit your needs. 

* Find out more about the Annual Chambers Management package

Bar Council training packs are going paperless 

To minimise both environmental impact and the amount of paper you have to carry with you, Bar Council training packs are going paperless. As a delegate you will receive the materials you need for the training by email in advance, which you can access throughout the day on your laptop or tablet. 

Important:  Training materials for this course are electronic, you must bring an electronic or printed copy with you. Throughout the training, there will be references to various Bar Council guidance or external documents, which are included as a hyperlink within the attendee workbook. Please note, we are unable to print training material during courses and extra copies will not be available.

You are requested to download or print the required materials beforehand so you'll have easy access throughout the training. 

Further information

We are able to offer this training in-chambers, including those chambers on circuit. Please contact  Training and Events for information on dates and pricing.  

Please ensure your read the  terms and conditions before booking a Bar Council training course.