Practising requirements

PracReq

In order to practise at the Bar of England and Wales, barristers must have a current Practising Certificate.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

All barristers are required to complete CPD hours and maintain their record cards. Barristers no longer have to return their CPD cards to the BSB, however the BSB will conduct random spot-checks of barristers' CPD records cards.

In the first three years' of practice, newly qualified practitioners are required to complete 45 hours of CPD, including at least nine hours of Advocacy Training and three hours of Ethics (the "New Practitioners' Programme"). After the first three years of practice, barristers are required to undertake 12 hours of CPD each year (the "Established Practitioners' Programme").