21 September 2019

New Guidance on Conducting Litigation

The Public and Licensed Access Review Report, published in March, recommended that we publish new guidance on conducting litigation. We have now published this guidance and it is available on our website.

The conduct of litigation is a reserved legal activity under the Legal Services Act 2007. Barristers do not have the right to conduct litigation unless they are authorised by us to do so, or are otherwise entitled to conduct litigation by virtue of other legislation.

The guidance is for barristers, users of barristers' services and others who wish to understand:

• our view on the activities that amount to the reserved legal activity of 'conduct of litigation';

• how barristers can become authorised to conduct litigation; and

• how to determine whether a barrister is authorised to conduct litigation.