Unassigned counsel's fees in criminal cases in the Magistrates' Court

Purpose: To correct possible misunderstanding as to payment for this work, and to draw attention to relevant documents which are to be found on the Bar Council's website

Scope of application: All practising criminal barristers

Issued by: The Ethics Committee

Originally issued: March 2012

Last Reviewed: November 2015
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.
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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.