Authorisation to Practise

The Authorisation to Practise (AtP)  process is a requirement of the Legal Services Act 2007 and is a significant safeguard for the public, ensuring that only appropriate persons are authorised to undertake reserved legal activities.  It is therefore important that barristers take personal responsibility for meeting the ongoing requirements for authorisation and confirming that the information submitted is correct. 

Barristers are required to participate in the process by logging into Barrister Connect and completing the registration process online. You will still be able to delegate the payment of your Practising Certificate Fee (PCF), if you so choose, to your chambers or employer. 

The annual AtP process is now open. During the process, barristers will be able to: 

  • Update current practising/contact details

  • Verify practising status

  • Pay the practising certificate fee

  • Support the Bar and receive member benefits by renewing or signing up to the Bar Representation Fee (BRF) 

  • Declare that you have obtained and paid for adequate indemnity insurance

  • Support the Bar Pro Bono Unit

  • Sign a declaration of truth, which is designed to ensure understanding of the process and new system, and more. 

The renewal will be completed via a quick and easy online system, Barrister Connect 

Please be aware that the process must be completed by 31 March 2017.

Further information

Additional information about Authorisation to Practise is available on the Bar Standards Board website, including Frequently Asked Questions, PCF for the employed Bar and PCF for the self-employed Bar.

Assistance with Barrister Connect

If you have any trouble logging on to Barrister Connect, please contact the Records Department on 020 7242 0934 or email Records@barcouncil.org.uk

You may also find it helpful to refer to the Barrister Connect user guidance.