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Important information about implementing the new transparency rules


The Bar transparency rules, which are designed to improve the information available to the public before they engage the services of a barrister, came into force on 1 July 2019.

To ensure compliance with the transparency rules, the BSB will start spot-checking from January 2020. In addition to random sampling, the BSB will target: 

  • higher risk practice areas such as immigration and family law, which are likely to have more vulnerable consumers;
  • practice areas with less bespoke services, where price transparency is particularly useful for consumers; and
  • Public Access services which are subject to additional price transparency requirements.

In the first instance, non-compliance will generally be dealt with through supervisory action. The BSB’s Supervision Team will contact you if there are any concerns. This will include recommendations (referred to as “corrective action”) where barristers appear not to have complied with the transparency rules or appear to risk breaching competition law.

For information and help in complying with the new transparency rules, please refer to the BSB’s Transparency Standards Guidance.

Posted: 16/12/2019 at 16/12/2019 11:05:25
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