BSB & Bar Council launch Barrister Connect
The Bar Standards Board and the Bar Council, have launched a new system, called Barrister Connect, to enable barristers to renew their practising certificates online.
This renewal process is now called ‘Authorisation to Practise’, and introduces a more formal approach to the annual renewal of practising certificates and the authorisation of barristers to undertake reserved legal activities as defined by the Legal Services Act 2007.
The new application process will result in changes to the Barristers’ Register from 1 May 2012, making it easier for clients and consumers to see which activities a barrister is authorised to carry out. The new, comprehensive process requires barristers to:
- verify their current contact details, practising status and entitlement to exercise reserved legal activities;
- confirm whether they have completed the requisite amount of Continuing Professional Development activity;
- declare that they have and will maintain such insurance as is required under the Bar Code of Conduct, and
- sign a declaration of truth designed to ensure understanding of the new process.
Further guidance can be found at www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/media/1393991/barrister_connect_guidance_-_february_2012.pdf