Ethical Enquiries Service
Disclaimer to the Ethical Enquiries Service and
Documents published by the Bar Council on matters of Professional
Conduct and Ethics
Please see the
Important Information and Disclaimer page which sets out
that the Ethical Enquiries Service does not provide "guidance" for
the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4.
The Ethical Enquiries
The Bar Council provides an Ethical Enquiries Service for the
benefit and assistance of barristers (and, where appropriate, their
clerks and other staff connected with barristers' professional
practices) to assist them to identify, interpret and comply with
their professional obligations under the BSB Handbook.
This service is overseen by the Bar Council's Ethics Committee
("EC") and is not provided by the BSB; neither the
BSB, Legal Ombudsman nor a Disciplinary Tribunal will be bound by
any views expressed in response to enquiries.
This is a confidential assistance line for practising
members of the Bar with pressing queries about the Code of
The Bar Council has a team of staff who are trained to handle
Members of the team can be reached through the ethical enquiries
helpline: 020 7611 1307
Members of the team can also be contacted via email.
Barristers may also wish to refer to the extensive
document section on this website.
Please note that urgent calls are dealt with immediately. All
other barristers will receive a call back as quickly as
Solicitors and members of the public should contact the Bar
Standards Board on 020 7611 1444.