24 August 2019

BSB signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Inns of Court

At our Board meeting last month, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Inns of Court. It recognises the vital role that the Inns will continue to have in the education, training and qualification of barristers in England and Wales following the launch of our new Bar qualification rules.

The MOU sets out the roles and responsibilities of the BSB and the Inns in relation to aspects of the education, training and qualification of barristers in England and Wales prior to them being Called to the Bar. In particular, the MOU is concerned with:

  • student membership of an Inn;
  • the administration of fit and proper person checks both upon admission to an Inn as a student member and again, before being Called to the Bar;
  • the conduct of student members of an Inn; and
  • the provision of professional development events known as "Qualifying Sessions" in line with an agreed framework.

We have also published a new edition of our Handbook which will see new qualification rules come into force. The new rules, which were approved last month by the Legal Services Board, are designed to ensure that training to become a barrister is more accessible, affordable and flexible whilst maintaining the high standards of entry expected at the Bar.