Public access

Barristers can now accept public access instructions from clients eligible for legal aid, following formal approval from the Legal Services Board on 28 March. Barristers under three years’ Call will also be directly accessible to clients, from later this year.

A new training regime is due to be in place this autumn, at which point those who have already completed the existing training will have 24 months to undertake additional training or apply for a waiver.

 In the meantime, barristers currently undertaking public access work can continue to do so. Revised guidance has been published on and the Bar Standards Board will explore, with the other regulators, whether the cab rank rule should be extended to public access work.