BSB survey shows barristers interested in business structures

The results of a recent survey of the profession show that the vast majority (over 80%) of barristers want the Bar to remain as a separate and independent legal profession, regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB), with 35% likely to join new business structures within 5 years if these are permitted.

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) commissioned the survey from YouGov as it considers whether it should in the future begin to regulate legal businesses as well as individual barristers. The survey sought the views of barristers, clerks and practice managers about barrister
only entities and new business structures permitted under the Legal Services Act 2007.

The survey also asked whether restrictions in the code of conduct relating to litigation and direct access should be relaxed. The full report and press release is available at