January 2014 saw the publication
of the new Bar Standards Board (BSB) Handbook The focus of
regulation is based on the concept of risk.
"We call it "risk-based
regulation"...In the past we based our regulation on very
strict rules. We could not readily adapt our approach to
different circumstances and often we could only take action
after something had gone wrong. Rules still play an important
part in our new way of working. But now we are starting to
work in a more flexible way whenever we decide on the best
action to take. This approach helps us to regulate in line with the
regulatory principles set out in the Legal Services Act 2007,
A further key change in 2014 was
that, for the first time, self-employed barristers were allowed to
apply for an extension to their practising certificate in order to
be able to conduct litigation. The result: as long as PA barristers
have the correct authorisation, their clients no longer have to act
as a self-representing litigant or instruct a solicitor, should the
case go to court. As confidence in the PA model has grown, so
too has the demand for this authorization to conduct
In order to apply for an
extension to practising certificates authorising individuals to
conduct litigation, each barrister will need to complete an
application form. In reviewing this application, authorisation
staff will assess whether it meets the criteria for authorisation.
One of the key factors being considered during this process is the
training and experience of litigation.
The Bar Council is providing a
one day training course to prepare practitioners for this exciting
development in the way they are entitled to practice.
In April 2016, The Bar Standards
Board (BSB) produced three documents designed to complement the
approach set out in the BSB 2016-2019 Strategic
i) The Risk
Framework describes the BSB approach to identifying and
managing risks in the legal system;
ii) The Risk Index
categorises those risks;
iii) The Risk Outlook
prioritises three risk themes the BSB think should be
the current focus of our regulatory attention.
In line with this approach, the
focus of the course is not on areas of black letter law relating to
elements of legal services not hitherto delivered by barristers -
although the relevant provisions of the CPR 1998 and FPR 2010 will
of course be considered.
Rather it will be looking at
areas of potential risk in terms of the delivery of the consumer
services. Delegates will be directed to consider the risk
2. The subject
involved/related parties (including LiPs)
4. The procedural
aspects and steps required at particular stages of
5. Their own
methods and patterns of working.
Working through the anatomy of a
case, there will be much opportunity for
discussion, debate and further
The litigation course will run
from 09:30 until 17:30.
Course calendar and bookings
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Bar Council Offices, London
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***Prior to attending the course,
we would ordinarily expect you to have undertaken the public access
training course, or to have renewed your public access
For further guidance on the authorisation to conduct litigation
please click here.
How to book
Click here to book and pay online using the online
booking portal. You will select the course you wish to attend
on the booking site.
Please ensure you have read and
accept the training Terms and Conditions before booking a course.
***Please note, satisfactory completion
of this course is only part of the required steps to be authorised
to conduct litigation***
£240 (plus VAT) For those who have paid the Bar Representation
£280 (plus VAT) For those who have not paid the Bar
*To find out whether you have paid your BRF, please contact
the Training and
How to book in-chambers courses
One style doesn't fit all, one location doesn't suit all.
If your chambers has a number of delegates wishing to be trained
in litigation, we can arrange the trainer to come to you.
This can be arranged at any chambers around England and Wales,
at a reduced rate, on any day of the week.
Training and Events team for more information,
pricing or to book an in-chambers course.
Please ensure you read and accept the terms and
conditions before booking an in-chambers course.