24 August 2019

Transitional arrangements for existing PTOs and prospective AETOs

Currently authorised as a PTO?

If you are currently authorised as a PTO, your authorisation will remain valid until you are asked to apply for authorisation as an AETO under the new Authorisation Framework.

You can continue to deliver pupillages and advertise for future pupillages while your authorisation is pending. We will aim to conclude the authorisation of AETOs by April 2021 and you are encouraged therefore to submit your application before that date.

If you wish to apply to become an AETO you can do so via MyBar and should refer to this Guidance Document to assist you in your application. This is also available in the MyBar application portal.

Technical guidance for completing your application in MyBar is available from our Authorisations Team

When do PTOs have to apply to be authorised as an AETO?

You will recall being asked to complete a survey in August last year. The answers provided in the survey have been used to prioritise when you will be required to apply for authorisation as an AETO.

Those PTOs to be considered within the first tranche for authorisation as an AETO can expect to hear from us between now and September 2019.

Will there be a charge for existing PTOs?

No - existing pupillage providers will not be charged an application fee. 

How long will it take to be authorised as an AETO?

We anticipate the authorisation process to last no more than 8-12 weeks where all required information and supporting documentation is provided.

Thinking about becoming an AETO?

Before you apply, we suggest that you view the Authorisation Framework document and have regard to the Bar Qualification Manual and Professional Statement for barristers.

When you are ready to apply to become an AETO, you can do so via MyBar and should refer to the Guidance Document to assist you in your application.

Technical guidance for completing your application in MyBar is available from our Authorisations Team.

Want to offer Pupillage in 2019 or in future years?

If you are not authorised as a PTO but are a prospective AETO planning to offer pupillage this year, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Can I apply to become an AETO now?

Yes, the application portal is open for new applications to be submitted via MyBar.  Should you experience any difficulties or need support with your application then contact the Authorisations Team who will be happy to assist you.

What will it cost to become authorised as an AETO?

The fees for new applicants are set out in our consultation response document. For most new applicants, there will be a flat fee of £250.

What does the process to become authorised as an AETO involve?

We have published the latest version of our Authorisation Framework on our website.

What if I am no longer providing pupillages?

If you do not have any pupils and do not intend to have any in the foreseeable future, please tell us. You will cease to be authorised to provide pupillage.

If you are authorised as a PTO and currently have pupils that commenced on or before 1 April 2019, but you do not intend to provide any further pupillages, you will continue to be authorised until the end date of the relevant pupillages.

If you decide to take on pupils in the future again, you can reapply for authorisation as an AETO, but this will attract a fee.

What if my organisation is not successfully authorised?

Our Authorisations Team will work with you to address any areas of concern and meet the required standard. To ensure that current pupillages are unaffected, you will continue to be authorised under the current arrangements. However, you will be unable to offer any new pupillages until you have met the required standard.

Any Further Questions?

If you have any further questions, please contact the Authorisations Team via email to authorisations@barstandardsboard.org.uk