23 September 2019

BSB Handbook Explained: Unregistered Barristers and Legal Advice Privilege

Unregistered barristers are prohibited from holding themselves out as barristers when supplying legal services. This includes when providing legal advice. Rule C144.1 of our Handbook outlines what an unregistered barrister must explain to an inexperienced client before supplying legal services. Following the publication of the new version of the Handbook, the explanation must now make clear that legal professional privilege may not attach to advice provided by unregistered barristers.

Our guidance for unregistered barristers has been updated to reflect this. The guidance includes (at Annex 1) a suggested statement to be given to inexperienced clients before supplying legal services.