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Are barristers regulated?

Barristers are self-employed independent practitioners called to the Bar of England and Wales and regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB). They share premises and administration but not profits and are self-employed practitioners.

Their professional details are recorded in the online Barristers’ Register maintained by the Bar Standards Board. The Register includes information about their practising status, practising address, the reserved legal activities they are authorised to undertake and whether they have been the subject of any disciplinary findings. Particulars of other professional bodies or similar institutions with which members of chambers are registered can be provided by the practice management team if required.

All barristers in independent practice in England and Wales must take primary layer professional indemnity insurance with the insurer Bar Mutual (BMIF). Bar Mutual is not a commercial insurance company. The minimum limit of cover is £500,000 but a significant number of barristers also have additional professional indemnity insurance in light of the value of the work undertaken. Bar Mutual provides cover for claims brought anywhere in the world (subject to the terms of the cover).


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