Public Access For Barristers

Public Access page


Public Access review

Course format

Course objectives

Course calendar and bookings

In-chambers courses

Terms and Conditions


When the Bar Council launched its Public Access Course in November 2010 the primary objective was to deliver cost-effective, high quality training directly to the Bar. The Bar Council have now trained over 1,500 barristers, clerks and chambers employees.

Consumers of legal services are already benefiting from the approachable and high quality service provided by Public Access barristers through:

  • Easy and speedy access to straight to the point, specialist advice

  • Reduced legal costs

  • Greater control over the success of their case

  • Lower financial risk, and

  • Real value for money.

Many Public Access barristers are seeing repeat instructions from organisations, businesses and the general public who are seeking the right results for the right price.

Public Access review

Public Access training has been reviewed in 2013 in the light of the change to widen the public access scheme to include clients who might be entitled to legal aid and to allow barristers of less than three year's standing to do public access work. Since Monday 1 April 2013,   barristers have been able to accept instructions where the client is eligible for legal aid.

Course format

The new Public Access training will  take place over one and a half days.


CPD - 13.5

Course objectives

The Public Access course is designed to build delegates' understanding of the Public Access rules, explain what work can and cannot be undertaken and provide guidance on how to communicate the parameters of Public Access work to clients.

  • What are the Public Access rules and how they should be applied

  • What do the rules mean in practice for a Public Access Barrister and her/his client

  • What are the key steps and processes involved in a Public Access case

  • What additional resources and processes will be needed to support a Public Access case (if any)

  • What will the client expect of his/her Public Access barrister and what will be the consequences if those expectations have not been met

  • What happens if the client is likely to be eligible for public funding

  • When may it be appropriate to refuse to accept instructions from lay clients or their intermediary

  • How fees can be calculated and the rule against "fees on account" a.k.a. "handling client money"

  • Model client care letters

  • The insurance implications (indemnity and after-the-event)

  • The application of the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 and the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) 2002 to Public Access work, and

  • The boundaries of litigation.


Our team of trainers are up to date with the latest policy developments to ensure the Bar Council are delivering accurate and value for money courses.

Course calendar and bookings

Please contact the Training and Events team to express an interest in an alternative location. 

Day Date Location  How to Book
Saturday and Sunday 14 and 15 October 2017 Manchester Click here to book
Saturday and Sunday 18 and 19 November 2017 London Click here to book

Day one 09:30-17:30 and Day two 09:30-13:45

Please ensure you have read and accept the training Terms and Conditions before booking a course.


  • £390 (plus VAT) For those who have paid their Bar Representation Fee*

  • £440 (plus VAT) For those who have not paid their Bar Representation Fee*

*To find out whether you have paid your BRF, please contactthe Training and Events team 

How to book in-chambers courses

One style doesn't fit all, one location doesn't suit all.

If your chambers has a number of delegates wishing to be trained in Public Access, we can arrange the trainer to come to you.

This can be arranged at any chambers around England and Wales, at a reduced rate, on any day of the week.

Contact the Training and Events team for more information, pricing or to book an in-chambers course.

Please ensure you have read the terms and conditions before booking an in-chambers course.