Over 350 barristers charged for failing to renew practising certificate

Some 359 barristers found themselves facing charges – which range from £20 for a junior barrister to as much as £200 each for a QC – for failing to renew their practising certificate in time for this year’s April 1 deadline.

At the time of writing, 117 barristers were removed from the Bar Register and Legal Hub after not completing the Authorisation to Practice process within the allocated time period; although, some of these will be barristers who have simply decided to stop practising entirely and so will be exempt from the charges as well.

Last year, the application system was still in the development stages and so barristers who failed to renew their practising certificate on time were not surcharged.

Next year, the process will be moved entirely online, via Barrister Connect. Barristers are urged to familiarise themselves with the online system to ensure the BSB has an up-to-date contact email address.