Essentially, if you have a valid Practising Certificate to practice at the bar in England and Wales, you are welcome to apply.
We will consider applications for membership as against the BSB Professional Statement.
As regulated individuals, all of our members have demonstrated and developed the competencies in the Professional Statement to at least the threshold standard. We expect our members to continue to maintain competence in accordance with Court Duties 7 and 10:
CD7 You must provide a competent standard of work and service to each client
CD10 You must take reasonable steps to manage your practice, or carry out your role within your practice, competently and in such a way as to achieve compliance with your legal and regulatory obligations
In addition, we expect our members to ensure ongoing competence so that clients continue to receive a competent standard of work and service as required by Outcome C10 of the BSB Handbook. We provide tools and services to support our members in achieving these objectives.
Given that expectation, our selection focuses on the elements in the Professional Statement which we believe are vital to being able to establish a successful practice within The Barrister Group.
The relevant competencies are:
2.1 Act with the utmost integrity and independence at all times, in the interests of justice, representing clients with courage, perseverance and fearlessness.
2.2 Be honest in their dealings with others.
2.3 Be aware and active in the pursuit of equality and respect for diversity, not tolerating unlawful discrimination, in themselves or others.
2.4 Ensure their work does not incur unnecessary fees.
2.5 Adopt a reflective approach to their work, enabling them to correct errors and admit if they have made mistakes.
2.6 Ensure they practise with adaptability and flexibility, by being self-aware and self-directed, recognising and acting upon the continual need to maintain and develop their knowledge and skills.
3.1 Understand and exercise their duty to act in the best interests of their client.
3.2 Understand and apply principles of team working where appropriate.
3.3 Respond appropriately to those from diverse backgrounds and to the needs and sensitivities created by individual circumstances.
3.4 Treat all people with respect and courtesy, regardless of their background or circumstances.
3.5 Where appropriate, keep clients, whether lay or professional, informed of case progress in a clear and timely manner and manage their expectations.
3.6 Demonstrate a good awareness of their additional responsibilities in cases involving direct access and litigants in person.
In addition, we also ensure that all of our members are fully dedicated to their self-employed practice and are hard-working and committed, motivated and reliable, flexible and commercially minded, IT literate and comfortable marking themselves.
These criteria relate to the following competencies in the Professional Statement:
4.1 Where appropriate, possess a strong understanding of the specific implications of being:
4.1.1 a self-employed barrister.
4.2 Possess a sufficient understanding of organisational and management skills to be able to maintain an effective and efficient practice.
4.3 Plan their personal workload and absences so as to ensure they deliver on all work commitments they have made.
4.4 Understand the organisational systems or structures within which they work, and which support their delivery of a professional service.
4.5 Maintain the confidentiality of their client's affairs, adopting secure technology where appropriate.
4.6 Exercise good time-keeping in face-to-face or telephone encounters.
4.7 Where necessary, be diligent in keeping good records and files of cases.
In circumstances where a candidate has a history of professional misconduct or disciplinary findings, the matter will be referred to our Barrister Membership Officer. They will consider whether notwithstanding such history or findings, the candidate is able to evidence competence with the Professional Statement, compliance with the relevant provisions and that an offer of membership would not interfere with The Barrister Group’s duties to its members to protect their work environment, ability to ensure compliance, and reputation.
Naturally, we will also expect compliance with the provisions set out in The Barrister Group Service Level Agreement.
For more information on how to apply please contact Stephen Ward by email at email@example.com