21 September 2019

BSB seeks views on how to recover costs for overseeing new Bar training rules

In December 2018 we launched a consultation seeking views on the charging model we propose to introduce for organisations providing Bar training. These organisations are known as Authorised Education and Training Organisations (AETOs).

The consultation considers how we should recover our costs in authorising and supervising AETOs under the new Bar training rules and in managing the centralised examinations that form part of the qualification process for new barristers.

This consultation seeks views on the extent to which the costs of authorising and supervising Bar training should be met by AETOs - bearing in mind that many vocational training providers pass on these costs to students - or by the profession in the form of contributions from barristers' Practising Certificate Fees (PCF).

The consultation also seeks views, however, on how the cost of the Professional Ethics examination to be taken during pupillage should be recovered. We propose that this should be fully subsidised by the PCF in order to avoid discouraging parts of the Bar from offering pupillage, to reduce negative equality impacts, and to support new entrants to the profession.

Subject to Legal Services Board approval, the new Bar training rules will come into force early this year. You can read the full consultation paper on our website.

The closing date for this consultation is 5.00pm on Friday 1 March.