The Bar Standards Board has paved the way for fundamental changes in barristers’ working practices by giving approval for barristers to supply legal services through the legal structures known as Legal Disciplinary Practices (LDPs). The BSB has taken significant decisions in order to open up the legal services market so that consumers have access to even better value, quality, legal services in fulfilment of the Regulatory of the Legal Services Act 2007.
The BSB formed an Alternative Business Structures Working Group in 2007 to consider how barristers might become involved in LDPs and ABSs. The work of that group has been thorough and detailed, including three consultations on various aspects of the possible impacts of the Legal Services Act. The reports of the Group were considered by the Board at its meeting on Thursday 17 November and the Board accepted the following recommendations: