Bar Standards Board seeks to make it easier for public to instruct barristers directly
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) have been consulting on amendments to the Code of Conduct for barristers following a review of public access rules.
Barristers are usually instructed by solicitors to act on behalf of their clients; however the public access scheme allows a barrister to be instructed directly by a member of the public without the need for a solicitor.
At present, the public access rules do not allow a client who may be eligible for public funding to instruct a public access barrister. This is one of the rules BSB seek to change.
Read the full article on the BSB website here.