The Bar Council is experiencing some technical difficulties at the moment which are affecting our members' access to MyBar and the Direct Access Portal. 

All other Bar Council systems are still functioning, including emails, the Bar Council website, Pupillage Gateway, Ethics & Practice Hub, and Wellbeing at the Bar website. 

The Authorisation to Practise deadline has now been extended for a second month, to 30 June 2022, so all those who currently have practising certificates can continue to practise without the need to contact The General Council of the Bar of England and Wales. In the meantime, those who need a practising certificate because they are starting or returning to practice, can be authorised without a certificate if they email records@barcouncil.org.uk. For authorisation to practise without a provisional practising certificate please email contactus@barstandardsboard.org.uk. The expiration date for the Professional Users Courts and Tribunals Access Scheme has also been extended until 31 May 2022 and we will begin this year’s renewal process as soon as we are able to do so.

We apologise if you have had difficulty contacting us during this time. Read our joint statement.

Sign up to this free-of-charge online seminar to hear from expert representatives from the Legal Aid Agency, specialist publicly-funded chambers and solicitors’ associations on how to receive payments faster and reduce the risk of your fees being rejected.

Find out more and book your place below.

7 June 2022, 17:30 - 19:00
Event Type
Remuneration, Legal Aid

About the seminar

Are you a criminal practitioner or fees clerk? Following the success and demand of the last few year’s Legal Aid Billing Seminar Series, the Bar Council will be teaming up with expert representatives from the Legal Aid Agency, publicly-funded chambers and Crown Prosecution Services (CPS) experts to provide top tips to ensure that you bill for all the criminal legal aid fees you are entitled to, and your claims are approved as ‘right first time’. 

There will be time for questions with our experts at the end of the session. 

Why attend?

  • Apply best practice in legal aid billing and reduce the chances of rejection;
  • Improve your day-to-day billing administration and quality control;
  • Reduce errors made in claim forms; and
  • Better understand how to effectively process Very High Cost Cases and payments on account.

Topics include:

  • Tricky Crown Court billing issues,
  • Claiming for unused material,
  • Billing and the Common Platform,
  • Billing and the Criminal Legal Aid Review,
  • Magistrates Court fees, and
  • CPS fee billing.


  • Chair: Adrian Vincent, Head of Legal Practice and Remuneration, the Bar Council
  • Elisabeth Cooper, Legal Aid Agency
  • Mark Spalding, Consultant Fees Manager, Drystone Chambers
  • A CPS fees scheme expert
  • A solicitor representative

Complete the form below to register your place and submit your questions in advance for consideration by the panel.

Book your place

Complete the form below to register your place and submit your questions in advance for consideration by the panel.

Submit your question(s) for the panel to discuss during the session (optional). The deadline for submitting questions is 17:00 on 31 May 2022. 


Please ensure you read our terms and conditions and privacy statement before booking.

All Bar Council online training is held on the Zoom videoconferencing platform. Please ensure you read our Zoom statement before booking.

Paperless training packs

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