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Civil legal aid – practical guidance for the Bar

Purpose: To guide barristers undertaking civil legal aid work after 1 April 2013 in all categories of civil cases other than family cases
Scope of application: All practising barristers
Issued by: The Civil (Public) Panel
First reviewed: 01/11/2015
Last reviewed: 01/11/2015
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.

This guidance does not address alternative methods of funding civil cases whether by private payment, conditional fee agreements, damages-based agreements or otherwise. Barristers seeking guidance on those funding methods should consult the Bar Council’s guidance on Privately Funded Civil Litigation.

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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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