Professional Practice and Ethics

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The Bar Council has published several documents to assist barristers on matters of professional conduct and ethics.

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All documents appearing in this section have been reviewed in the light of the BSB Handbook which became operative on 6 January 2014. If you are in any doubt about the status of, or cannot find, a particular document, please call the Ethical Enquiries Service on 020 7611 1307.

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  • Refusing work on the basis of fees

    To highlight the issues relating to refusal of work by members of the criminal Bar on grounds relating to fees

  • Remuneration Guidance

    This section contains the remuneration update, guidance on criminal work, publicly-funded civil work, privately-funded civil litigation, novel fee arrangements and taxation.

  • Remuneration update

    The Bar Council's monthly newsletter looking at remuneration developments affecting the Bar.

  • Representing yourself and your friends

    To draw barristers’ attention to their professional obligations in relation to this subject

  • Retainers, fee arrangements and non-standard work arrangements

    To assist barristers to identify permissible and impermissible fee arrangements for work undertaken as a self-employed barrister, and to identify when non-standard work arrangements (such as secondments) may trigger specific requirements under the Code of Conduct within the BSB Handbook (including requirements applicable to practice as an employed barrister)

  • Revised Advocates Graduated Fee Scheme: Section 51 and bail hearings

    To advise criminal barristers regarding the Revised Advocates Graduated Fee Scheme in relation to section 51 and bail hearings

  • Role of barristers in non-solicitor cases

    To consider issues arising in cases when barristers are not instructed by a solicitor or other professional client

  • Sexual harassment: information for chambers

    To advise barristers/chambers where an allegation of sexual harassment has been made against a member of chambers, chambers' staff or any other person whose conduct chambers may have some responsibility for or influence over