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 email@example.com. For authorisation to practise without a provisional practising certificate please email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Alternative course dates are available:
- 21 - 22 July 2022 (in-person, Bar Council)
About the course
Delivered online, the Public Access for Barristers course gives you the opportunity to extend the terms of your practising certificate and widen your potential income streams. The course provides an in-depth review of the BSB regulatory framework and discusses strategies to manage the risks arising from this area of work. Focus is also placed on the necessary skills required to ensure excellence in client care, case management and self-management. All participants are encouraged to examine their business model and to reflect upon the importance of having a commercial mindset and how PA work might add value to their practice.
All of the requirements to become a PA practitioner are met within the 1.5 days of training. When registration with Bar Records has been confirmed, you can undertake PA work immediately.
Public Access is covered by Rules C119 - C131 of the Code of Conduct in the BSB Handbook.
What areas does the course cover?
- What PA is, and where it fits into the current regulatory and commercial environment
- Reviewing the application of the BSB Handbook rules and how they should be applied risk sensitively
- Understanding what additional resources, systems and processes will be needed to effectively support your PA practice and your PA clients
- Understanding the risks inherent within a PA matter/case and how to manage and mitigate those risks
- Developing an empathetic relationship with a PA client to deliver their objectives and manage their expectations
- Developing a clear personal PA business plan and model to maximise opportunities and ensure profitability
Full price: £540 (plus VAT)
Bar Representation Fee member price: £450 (plus VAT)
All Bar Council online training is held on the Zoom videoconferencing platform. Please ensure you read our Zoom statement before booking.
The Public Access course is a trainer-led course requiring individual participation and group work throughout, and takes place over 1.5 days. Day one runs from 09:30-17:30 and day two runs from 09:30-13:45. Pre-course work and joining instructions are circulated one week before the course start date to confirmed delegates. Pre-course work is expected to take no more than three hours. To successful complete the course you must attend in full.
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.
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.