Category Archives: Building and managing a practice for the self-employed Bar

Handling complaints made against you

You are probably an excellent barrister. This does not mean you will never face a complaint, and it certainly does not mean you will never get things wrong. If you do receive a complaint, there are good resources available online. Members of the Bar operate a confidential advisory service for those against whom a complaint has been made – see

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The Bar Council, the BSB Handbook and professional guidance

There is a wealth of information on the Bar Council and BSB websites. It’s well worth searching them for ethical and regulatory guidance, as well as helpful documents relating to all sorts of practice issues and areas. The BSB Handbook is available at: https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/regulatory-requirements/bsb-handbook/the-handbook-publication/. There is an electronic version compatible with smart phones and tablets – see https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/regulatory-requirements/bsb-handbook/the-handbook-publication/ and click on

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The first years of practice – regulatory requirements

Supplying legal services – A pupil can only supply legal services to the public once they have completed (or been exempted from) the first non-practising six months of pupillage and if they have the permission of their pupil supervisor or Head of Chambers to do so. All barristers in their first three years of practice following pupillage must work either

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Childcare and other personal commitments

How to make your mark at the Bar while maintaining a personal life There is a whole section of the Toolkit devoted to wellbeing and work-life balance. Members of the YBC offer the following additional tips. Finding a work-life balance may seem very difficult or impossible in your first years. It is essential to maintaining mental resilience and dealing with

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CPD: How best to choose your points

Details of the mandatory requirements for pupils and new practitioners are online. See https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/regulatory-requirements/for-barristers/continuing-professional-development-from-1-january-2017/. Please note that the rules have changes as of 1st January 2017 and are detailed in rQ130-138 of the BSB Handbook. Make sure you do a required course from your Inn or, for those over three years’ call, the Keble advocacy course. CPD is intended to

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Marketing your practice

Help to build you own practice; engage in Chambers’ marketing; get involved in developing marketing idea; show off your knowledge by lecturing, book publishing and editing   Chambers may leave marketing to clerks, practice managers or staff. This doesn’t mean that junior barristers can’t be involved. If Chambers runs seminars or talks, then attend, and get to know other attendees.

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Maintaining relationships with more senior members of chambers

Maintaining relationships with more senior members of chambers in the hope of developing opportunities for junior work – or how to impress without annoying or toadying In many ways, Chambers can operate as an internal market, with senior members being a very important source of work for junior members. Not only this, but working with senior members gives you access

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Relationships with solicitors

How to build good professional relationships; what solicitors need from you – expertise, flexibility, preparation, rapport with clients, mutual respect, attention to detail   Solicitors will come to you, initially, to do the work they cannot cover themselves, or where they do not want to deal with difficult clients. In time, if you do a good job they will develop

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