23 September 2019

BSB Handbook Explained – Barristers who are also qualified as solicitors

Are you a barrister who is also qualified as a solicitor and wondering whether you can practise as both?

It is not currently permitted to hold a barrister and a solicitor practising certificate at the same time. Rule S43 of the BSB Handbook states that "If you are authorised by another Approved Regulator to carry on a reserved legal activity and currently permitted to practise by that Approved Regulator, you must not practise as a barrister and you are not eligible for a practising certificate." If you are qualified as both a barrister and solicitor, you must therefore make a choice about which capacity you wish to practise in.

If you are a barrister who is switching to practise in an authorised non-BSB body such as a law firm, you will need to obtain an amended practising certificate from our Records Office.