Public Access For Barristers

13.5 CPD


Public Access is covered by Rules C119 - C131 of the Code of Conduct in the BSB Handbook.

The Bar Council have trained over 1,500 barristers, clerks and chambers employees in Public Access.

 Who is Public Access training for?

  • Any barrister who undertakes Public Access work (Public Access training must be completed before any Public Access work is accepted).
  • Barristers who would like to gain further skills, knowledge, and a deeper understanding required to undertake Public Access work from one of our highly respected trainers.

Barristers of fewer than three years' practising experience can undertake Public Access work if they complete Public Access training. They must also:

  • seek feedback from their public access clients on the service provided; and
  • maintain a log of public access cases they have dealt with, including any issues or problems that have arisen and make this log available, on request, to the BSB for review.

The Public Access scheme has been widened to include clients who might be entitled to Legal Aid.

Barristers who have completed the Public Access training can apply for an extension to their practising certificate in order to be able to conduct litigation

This means that, if Public Access 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. 

To find out more information on our Litigation course, please click here.


Key Learning Outcomes/CPD

The Public Access course meets the following key learning outcomes for your CPD plans

  • Legal knowledge and skills;
  • Practice management;
  • Working with clients and others; and
  • Ethics, professionalism and judgement.





Saturday and Sunday 14 and 15 December 2019  De Vere West One, London *Fully Booked*
Saturday and Sunday 25 and 26 January 2020 Bar Council, London *Fully Booked*
Thursday and Friday 27 and 28 February 2020 Bar Council, London *Fully Booked*
Saturday and Friday 21 and 22 March 2020 Bar Council,London  Click here to book

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£449 (plus VAT) for barristers' who have paid the Bar Representation Fee

£499 (plus VAT) for barristers' 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. 

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  • The Public Access course is classroom based and takes place over 1.5 days.
  • Day one runs from 09:30-17:30 and day two runs from 09:30-13:45. 
  • Pre-course work and joining instructions are circulated one week before the course start date to confirmed delegates. Pre-course work is expected to take no more than 3.0 hours.


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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.