Licensed Access


Licensed access enables organisations or individuals that have an identifiable area of expertise or experience to apply to the Bar Standards Board to be licensed to instruct barristers directly. The license holder can instruct any member of the Bar for advice, and in some circumstances representation, on their own behalf or another's behalf in the specialist area.


Licensed Access Guidance

Information for barristersbeing instructed on a Licensed Access basis can be found below:
Licensed Access Guidance

Licensed Access Terms of Work

The Licensed Access Terms of Work is linked below:

Licensed Access Terms of Work

Applying for a License

To apply for a licence, amend an existing licence, or to receive further details of the scheme, please visit the Bar Standards Board's website, or contact the Qualification Regulations section of the Bar Standards Board at

Documents for Barristers

Any barrister may accept a Licensed Access instruction. The Cab-rank rule does not apply but barristers must abide by the Licensed Access Rules.

The License Access Terms of Work form the contract by which you agree to instructions with a Licensed Access client.

If you or your clerk have any questions about acceptance of a Licensed Access instruction please contact Ethical Enquiries Service : 020 7611 1307.