21 September 2019

More about this year’s Authorisation to Practise process

The 2019 Authorisation to Practise (AtP) period will start at the end of February. The Records team will be in contact with you when AtP opens.

This year, you should be aware that new fee levels have been introduced following the Bar Council's and BSB's 2019 PCF and Budget Consultation. These changes include:

  • the lowest band being reduced from £123 to £100 and;
  • the introduction of two new bands for individuals earning over £500k and £1m annually.

The full income and fee bands are as follows:



Income Band

2019/20 Fees


£0 - £30,000



£30,001 - £60,000



£60,001- £90,000



£90,001 - £150,000



£150,001 - £240,000



£240,001 - £500,000



£5000,000 - £1,000,000



£1,000,000 and above






















The fee period that the self-employed Bar should use when making their declaration has been changed to be the last full calendar year (ie 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018). This is the same reporting period that is currently used for insurance arrangements with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF).

The 1.5% discount for block payments for five or more barristers is being removed. However, the block payment scheme is still highly recommended as it is a convenient way for chambers and organisations to ensure that all of their barristers have a valid practising certificate in place.

Please ensure that you have your correct log in credentials to hand. You must use the email address that is linked to your MyBar account and ensure that you have the correct password. Owing to the large number of emails and calls received during this time, it may not be possible for Records to provide it.