Legal and regulatory

Instructing a barrister

IFA members in the UK are licensed to instruct barristers directly, either on behalf of clients or on their own account.

The licence holder can instruct any member of the Bar for advice or representation, or both, in some kinds of proceedings. However, representation in the county courts and High Court and above are excluded.

The Bar Standards website has further information on licensed access and guidance on how to instruct a barrister under that system and the full list of licensees, is available from the Bar Standards Board website.

The Bar Standards Board has information on when and how you should instruct a barrister and what you should expect from them.