New rules to help barristers undertaking international work

New rules to help barristers undertaking international work

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has published a consultation paper on new rules to help barristers undertaking international work.

The consultation puts forward new draft international practising rules, which are incorporated into the main body of the new Code of Conduct. The BSB proposes that it is no longer sensible to make distinctions based on where work is undertaken and where instructions emanate from, as this gives rise to various anomalies and uncertainties. Instead, the proposals seek to restate the rules in a clearer form, without radically altering their effect and without increasing the current prohibitions. The BSB welcomes comments on whether the proposed draft rules achieve this.

The paper forms part of a series of consultations, published from June 2007 onwards, designed to help shape the format and structure of the new Code, introducing new Conduct Rules and developing a new scheme for authorisation to practise.

The BSB is keen to ensure that all aspects of the new Code of Conduct will be clearer and easier to understand than the current Code, and that its language is more accessible to all. The new Code will be introduced in 2012.

Further details of the consultation can be found on the Bar Standards Board web site at www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/consultations/OpenConsultations/IPrules/

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