Contractual Terms for civil (non-family) legal aid work

Purpose: To advise barristers on contractual terms for civil (non-family) legal aid work

Scope of application: All practising barristers

Issued by: The Remuneration Committee

Originally issued: January 2014

Last reviewed: January 2014

Status and effect: Please see the notice at end of this document. This is not "guidance" for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4.

A barrister undertaking civil (non-family) legal aid work, even in high cost cases, will not normally have a contractual right - or any other legal right - to payment from the Legal Aid Agency or from the solicitor or other provider of the brief/instructions. The Bar Council has provided template contractual terms which barristers may like to use and invite the solicitor/provider to agree - so as to at least ensure a legal right to payment in civil legal aid cases.

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For the Standard Contractual Terms and more information, please click here.


Important Notice

This document has been prepared by the Bar Council to assist barristers on matters of professional conduct and ethics. It is not "guidance" for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4, and neither the BSB nor a disciplinary tribunal nor the Legal Ombudsman is bound by any views or advice expressed in it. It does not comprise - and cannot be relied on as giving - legal advice. It has been prepared in good faith, but neither the Bar Council nor any of the individuals responsible for or involved in its preparation accept any responsibility or liability for anything done in reliance on it. For fuller information as to the status and effect of this document, please refer to the professional practice and ethics section of the Bar Council's website here.