20 August 2019

BSB Handbook Explained: BSB guidance for unregistered barristers

We have published updated Guidance for unregistered barristers on our website as of August 2016. The main change is that the guidance now includes reference to the fact that unregistered barristers are restricted from providing legal services and advice relating to immigration.

Unregistered barristers cannot:

  • Provide Reserved Legal Activities as set out in the Legal Services Act 2007;
  • "Hold themselves out" as a barrister or use the title barrister in relation to the provision of legal services; or
  • Provide immigration advice and services unless authorised to do so by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC).

If you have questions about what you can and cannot do as an unregistered barrister, you can contact our Regulatory Policy Department via ProfessionalStandards@BarStandardsBoard.org.uk.