21 August 2019

BSB Handbook Amendment – 1 February 2018

The BSB Handbook has been updated as of 1 February 2018. The amendment includes changes relating to the information provided during the annual Authorisation to Practise (AtP) exercise. As outlined in our Chair's blog, the changes now require you to:

  • inform us about your practice areas and the percentage of income you derive from each area;
  • ensure that you comply with the new Anti-Money Laundering Regulations;
  • register if you work in Youth Courts; and
  • provide a unique email address.

A number of changes have also been made to streamline and update the Public and Licensed Access schemes. These include (but are not limited to):

  • removal of the requirement for barristers of less than three years' standing to maintain a Public Access feedback log (in anticipation of future guidance for the whole profession on feedback);
  • replacing reference to the Bar Council's Licensed Access Terms of Work with a requirement that Licensed Access is undertaken on agreed terms. Barristers and clients are still free to use standard terms, such as the Bar Council's Licensed Access Terms of Work, if they wish to;
  • streamlining Licensed Access by allowing barristers to check on the BSB website whether a client is licensed;
  • allowing licences to be made valid for all courts, matters and tribunals when they are renewed, and allowing members of professional bodies using the Licensed Access scheme to instruct barristers for representation before the higher courts; and
  • allowing professional bodies to apply on behalf of their members to be recognised under the Licensed Access scheme. Ombudsman services may also apply to be recognised under the scheme.

The most up to date PDF version of the Handbook, along with a table of the new provisions, is available on our website. Our Handbook App has also been updated.