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Solicitors’ agents

Purpose: To draw barristers' attention to issues relating to appearing as a solicitor's agent
Scope of application: All barristers, especially unregistered barristers acting as solicitor's agents
Issued by: The Legal Services Committee
First reviewed: 01/11/2015
Last reviewed: 24/01/2020
Status and effect: Please see the notice at end of this document. This is not "guidance" for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4.

The judgments referred to in this document can be found here:

Ellis v Larson

Mcshane v Lincoln

This document sets out the Bar Council’s views in relation to the provisions of the Legal Services Act 2007 (LSA 2007) upon which solicitor’s agents rely to establish a right of audience. It is understood that there are a number of unregistered barristers currently appearing in court as solicitor’s agents on this basis, principally in family and civil matters in County Courts.


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Important Notice

This document has been prepared by the Bar Council to assist barristers on matters of professional conduct and ethics. It is not “guidance” for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4, and neither the BSB nor a disciplinary tribunal nor the Legal Ombudsman is bound by any views or advice expressed in it. It does not comprise – and cannot be relied on as giving – legal advice. It has been prepared in good faith, but neither the Bar Council nor any of the individuals responsible for or involved in its preparation accept any responsibility or liability for anything done in reliance on it. For fuller information as to the status and effect of this document, please see here.

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