• The fully amended Code of Conduct (as at March 2009) with highlights of those areas likely to change during the lifetime of The
  • A revised taxation section, detailing VAT regime changes as they affect the Bar
  • A new and updated section on Regulation and the Bar Standards Board, discussing the future of regulation under the Legal Services Act 2007, the Legal Services Board and Office for Legal Complaints

The Handbook is an example of the continuing efforts of the Bar Council and Bar Standards Board to provide products and services which offer real value and practical support to members of the Bar throughout their careers.

Following the introduction of the Legal Services Act 2007, it is more important than ever for those practising at the Bar, or those interested in doing so, to have access to comprehensive and up to date advice on the regulations governing the profession. The Handbook seeks to clarify and contextualise both the current circumstances and likely future changes in a clear and concise way.

Commenting on the release of The Bar Handbook, Chairman of the Bar Desmond Browne QC said:

“The publication of the Bar Handbook is a timely reminder of the standards which are expected of barristers. It is important that the rules by which our profession are governed are accessible. The Bar Handbook ensures that our values and work can easily be understood by those who use the Bar as well as those outside the legal profession or even overseas. The Bar Handbook serves to communicate the ethos of the Bar, excellence, diligence, public service and integrity and for this reason the Bar Council is pleased to have worked with the Bar Standards Board in its production.”

Baroness Ruth Deech, Chair of the Bar Standards Board, commented:

“The Legal Services Act 2007 continues to shape the most fundamental changes in the regulation of the legal profession within living memory. The challenges which it presents to the regulators of the legal profession are profound. This means that barristers and other users of legal services must pay closer attention than ever before to the evolving regulation of the profession. As well as stating what the
regulatory position presently is, the guidebook also sets out guidance on the future shape of regulation. We look forward to continuing to work with the Bar Council in the provision of what is a very important resource for the profession”.