Second consultation on legal services reforms

Barristers should be allowed to become managers of Legal Disciplinary Partnerships (LDPs) and to supply legal services to the public when employed by LDPs regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA). 

The Bar Standards Board launched its second consultation on the implications of the Legal Services Act, last month. It recommends that barristers be allowed to enter partnerships with other barristers and that the cab-rank rule, and the prohibition on handling client monies, be retained for self-employed barristers. It proposes to change the Code of Conduct in relation to barrister involvement in SRA regulated bodies.

The consultation closes at the end of February. The BSB launched its first consultation on the reforms in February 2008.