The current landscape for practising barristers is changing rapidly, whether it be in relation to the Carter Review of legal aid, the future of the Criminal Bar, opening up access to the Bar, the formation of the Bar Standards Board or the reforms being suggested by the Legal Services Bill. There is an increasing need for barristers to be aware of all the rules and regulations governing their practice to ensure that they are compliant and can run a successful and profitable business. This Handbook will set the scene for, clarify and put in context these changes in a practical and non-technical way.This is a practical handbook bringing together, for the first time, details and guidance relating to a barrister's professional obligations, parameters of work, permitted charging arrangements, ability to get paid, getting redress when not paid, tax and VAT liabilities, insurance practice planning and good practice advice/relevant statute and regulatory references, for all barristers be they sole practitioners, employed, legal aided or privately funded.It contains all relevant source materials in one place.
It provides invaluable professional conduct guidance - a collective corpus of material that does not presently exist in such an accessible form. It is a single-volume portable guide to all most relevant obligations/conduct advice. Key regulation and statutory extracts are collected together in single point of reference. It includes professional Code of Conduct material from an originating professional body. As well as being a ready resource in itself, it will provide key signposts to repositories of other specialist expertise for those seeking in-depth coverage of particular issues. It includes commentary by the authors to aid with interpreting the materials. It aims to answer the most commonly asked questions dealt with by the Representative side of the Bar Council.