25 September 2011

What we do

We regulate barristers and specialised legal services businesses in England and Wales in the public interest.

We are responsible for:

  • Setting the education and training requirements for becoming a barrister;
  • Setting continuing training requirements to ensure that barristers' skills are maintained throughout their careers;
  • Setting standards of conduct for barristers;
  • Authorising organisations that focus on advocacy, litigation, and specialist legal advice;
  • Monitoring the service provided by barristers and the organisations we authorise to assure quality;
  • Handling complaints against barristers and the organisations we authorise and taking disciplinary or other action where appropriate.

The work that we do is governed by The Legal Services Act 2007 (the Act) as well as a number of other statutes.


Our objectives are laid down in the Legal Services Act. We share them with the other legal services regulators. They are:

  • Protecting and promoting the public interest;
  • Supporting the constitutional principle of the rule of law;
  • Improving access to justice;
  • Protecting and promoting the interests of consumers;
  • Promoting competition in the provision of services;
  • Encouraging an independent, strong, diverse and effective legal profession;
  • Increasing public understanding of citizens' legal rights and duties; and
  • Promoting and maintaining adherence to the professional principles.

The professional principles are: 

  • That authorised persons should act with independence and integrity;
  • That authorised persons should maintain proper standards of work;
  • That authorised persons should act in the best interests of their clients;
  • That persons who exercise before any court a right of audience, or conduct litigation in relation to proceedings in any court, by virtue of being authorised persons should comply with their duty to the court to act with independence in the interests of justice; and
  • That the affairs of clients should be kept confidential.

Find out more about how we undertake our work in relation to the Regulatory Objectives.

We choose to do our work by adhering to a number of important organisational values.