This short half-day course is designed for clerks who are looking to learn about the key aspects of Public Access with which they need to be familiar with to support barristers when accepting Public Access instructions. Find out what work can and cannot be undertaken, how to deal with clients, and more.

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11 March 2020, 9:30 - 13:30
Event Type
Training course
The Bar Council. London
Public access

Alternative date: Wednesday 11 March 2020

About the course

The Public Access Course for clerks and chambers' employees is designed to build your understanding of the applicable rules and to identify under what circumstances it is reasonable to accept instructions from a lay client or their intermediary.  This practical half-day session will explain what work can and cannot be undertaken, and provide guidance on how to communicate the parameters of Public Access work to clients.

What the session covers:

  • 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.


£150 (plus VAT)


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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.