Dealing with client complaints at the Bar: common pitfalls and best practice

A virtual panel event aimed to improve barristers and chambers professionals’ handling of complaints. Find out more about the session and book your place below.


Book your place

11 November 2020, 17:30 - 19:00
Event Type
Training course
Practice management
Join our Handling client complaints webinar to gain insight into the nature of complaints against barristers received by the Legal Ombudsman. You will also find out about the practical steps that chambers can take to handle complaints and gain a better understanding of how to manage the expectations of, and communications with, vulnerable direct access clients.




Introduction from the Chair
Carolyn Entwistle, Head of Services to the Bar, Bar Council


Best practice and complaints prevention
Legal Ombudsman representative (tbc)

  • An overview of the types of complaints received about barristers by the Legal Ombudsman
  • Best practice in customer service to prevent complaints
  • Best practice in complaints handling


Practical Guidance for Chambers
Sarah Earl, Chambers Director, Old Square Chambers

  • Assessing complaints received and when to refer them
  • Internal administration, quality control and responsibilities
  • Managing the expectations of complainants whilst supporting your members
  • Building resources to steer complaints handlers through the process


Complaints and Public Access work
Nicola Wallace, Barrister at 4PB, Public Access Trainer and member of the Bar Council’s Public Access Panel

  • The different risk categories and the most common complaints scenarios
  • Best practice in complaints prevention and client expectation management
  • Handling complaints from vulnerable persons


Questions and discussion


Full price: £50 (plus VAT)
Bar Representation Fee member price: £40 (plus VAT)


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

There are no related events currently scheduled. To find out more about alternative dates and future related events, email our training and events team.

The Annual Chambers Management package

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 package.

In-chambers training

We can offer this training in-chambers, including at chambers on the circuits. Please contact our Training and Events team for information on dates and pricing.  

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.