17 September 2019

Research into public access

In partnership with the Legal Services Board (LSB) we are commissioning research into the provision of public access work by barristers. The aim of the research is to provide an overview of the services being provided in this way by the Bar and to learn about the perceptions of barristers in relation to the current regulatory arrangements. We are also interested in hearing perspectives about the impact of these schemes on clients and the regulatory objectives more broadly.

The research will be a key source of evidence for both the LSB's market evaluation exercise, due for publication next year, and our ongoing review of our public and licensed access rules. We have appointed Pye Tait Consulting and they will be conducting online and telephone surveys during December and January followed by a smaller number of in-depth interviews. It is intended that a final report will be produced by around March 2016.