Expansion of barristers’ role

Sunday 4 April 2010 at 2:54 pm | In News | Post Comment
Barrister - historic changes from 1 April
Barristers are now able to become managers in legal disciplinary practices regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and work in partnerships with other barristers. The Legal Services Board has relaxed the bar rules that will allow barristers to take advantage of the Legal Services Act 2007.

They will now be able to work part-time in an employed or managerial capacity and part-time as a self-employed barrister in chambers. They will also be able to share premises and office facilities with other professionals.

Perhaps the most noiticable change will be that barristers can now carry out work on the preparation of cases that previously only solicitors could do. They will now be able to investigate and collect evidence and witness statements, attend police stations and conduct correspondence.

The public access scheme, which allows people to instruct barristers directly without the need to approach a solicitor fist, will be expanded.

There is no indication how many established practitioners will embrace the changes.

BSB announcement here

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