It will decide whether barristers can be managers of LDPs, and what restrictions should apply; whether barristers can be shareholders; whether barristers can be both managers of LDPs and independent practitioners; whether barrister-only partnerships will be allowed; and whether barristers can practise through barrister-only companies and LLPs.

The BSB will then consult further on whether it should become a regulator of the new business structures, looking at the cost implications and the likely take-up by barristers. A Legal Services Board (“LSB”) spokesperson said: “We don’t comment on hypothetical questions, but nobody should be in any doubt about our commitment to the statutory objective of encouraging competition, which also bites on the Bar Council.  “Removing anti-competitive restrictions, which fetter the creativity of barristers and chambers seems to us central in achieving that.”