The Bar Standards Board (BSB) said it had “already decided to suspend phased geographical registration in the Scheme and, whilst we will continue to work with the Joint Advocacy Group to be ready for implementation, we will not be requiring barristers who may have sought to be assessed as non-trial advocates at an assessment centre to do so until further notice.”

The BSB confirmed that the court also made a new Protective Costs Order which applies reciprocally to the Legal Services Board and the BSB, and the claimants, and is capped at £65,000.

Tom De La Mare QC, supported by Mark Trafford and Baker & McKenzie Solicitors, represented the claimants pro bono.