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Advertising and Website Profiles

Purpose: To assist barristers in considering how they can describe and advertise themselves on websites (personal and chambers) or through other means of marketing, including email and social media
Scope of application: All practising barristers
Issued by: The Ethics Committee
First reviewed: 01/02/2017
Last reviewed: 01/09/2018
Status and effect: Please see the important notice at end of this document. This is not "guidance" for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4.

In a competitive market for legal services, it is only right that barristers are permitted to market themselves through websites (whether run personally or through chambers) and through other methods such as social media or advertisements. In many cases, lay and professional clients are likely to be interested in researching barristers who they are, or who they are considering, instructing – or barristers who are known to be on the other side of the case. Other people connected with litigation, such as judges, lay or expert witnesses or even jurors,1 may choose to find out more about the barristers in a particular case, as may members of the public and the press.

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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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