Litigation training

5.5 CPD   


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, s28.

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 authorisation to conduct litigation.

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.

Course objectives

Risk Awareness

In April 2016, The Bar Standards Board (BSB) produced three documents designed to complement the approach set out in the BSB 2016-2019 Strategic Plan. 

These are:

            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 profile of:

            1.         The client.

            2.         The subject matter.

            3.         Other involved/related parties (including LiPs)

            4.         The procedural aspects and steps required at particular stages of  litigation.

            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 learning.



Chambers management package*


 How to Book

Tuesday 28 January 2020 09:30-17:30 6 credits Bar Council, London *Fully booked*

*New session dates coming in the new year* 


£190 (plus VAT) For those who have paid the Bar Representation Fee (BRF)

£280 (plus VAT) For those who have not paid the Bar Representation Fee

If you would like to pay the Bar Representation Fee, please contact the Services Department.

*This training session is available as part of the Bar Council's Annual Chambers Membership package. Chambers membership gives you access to a range of training and support throughout the year, chosen to suit your needs. 

Find out more about the Annual Management Package

**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 training 

***Please note, satisfactory completion of this course is only part of the required steps to be authorised to conduct litigation

For further guidance on the authorisation to conduct litigation please click here.

Bar Council training packs are going paperless 

To minimise both environmental impact and the amount of paper you have to carry with you, Bar Council training packs are going paperless. As a delegate you will receive the materials you need for the training by email in advance, which you can access throughout the day on your laptop or tablet. 

Important:  Training materials for this course are electronic, you must bring an electronic or printed copy with you. Throughout the training, there will be references to various Bar Council guidance or external documents, which are included as a hyperlink within the attendee workbook. Please note, we are unable to print training material during courses and extra copies will not be available.

You are requested to download or print the required materials beforehand so you'll have easy access throughout the training.

Further information

Please ensure your read the  terms and conditions and privacy statement before booking.

We can offer this training in-chambers, including those chambers on circuit. Please contact  Training and Events for information on dates and pricing.