Entities, including Alternative Business Structures

If you are thinking about setting up a BSB-regulated entity, these pages provide all the information you need to decide if it is right for you, and, if it is, to apply.


A list of our current entities is here.


The term "BSB entity" refers to two distinct types of body which are:


BSB authorised body - previously referred to as "entities", these are bodies fully owned and managed by authorised individuals, i.e, lawyers with current practising certificates.

BSB licensed body - also referred to as Alternative Business Structures ("ABS"), these bodies are owned and managed jointly by authorised individuals and non-authorisedindividuals, ie non-lawyers. 

Watch the recording of our workshop on ABSs at the Bar Conference filmed on 15 October 2016.


The BSB has been regulating authorised bodies since April 2015, focusing on those that draw on the specialist type of practice we regulate already - primarily advocacy, litigation and specialist legal advice.  We began regulating licensed bodies on 3 April 2017. 

We also provide a register of currently authorised bodies and case studies of those who have established businesses regulated by us, how they operate and what advice they can give you.


If you have any questions, please contact us on 0207 092 6801 or entityregulation@barstandardsboard.org.uk.