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Contractual Terms

Purpose: To provide Standard Contractual Terms for use by barristers instructed by solicitors, guidance on the Terms and FAQs
Scope of application: All practising barristers
Issued by: The Remuneration Committee
First reviewed: 01/03/2013
Last reviewed: 16/03/2020
Status and effect: Please see the notice at end of this page. This is not “guidance” for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4.

Please see below for the version of the Standard Contractual Terms updated for the GDPR.

On 31 January 2013, Standard Contractual Terms replaced the commonly used terms of engagement for barristers taking instructions from solicitors (the Terms of Work and the Withdrawal of Credit Scheme). Also on 31 January, the Bar Code of Conduct was amended so that the Cab Rank Rule applies to instructions offered on the basis of new Standard Contractual Terms or the barrister’s own published terms of engagement. This means, instead of the Cab Rank Rule applying to the present Terms of Work, it applies to these new Contractual Terms or the barrister’s own published terms.

Click the links below to view the most up to date version of the Standard Contractual Terms, the Guide to the Contractual Terms and an FAQ document.

Please navigate to this page for the Contractual Terms for Civil (Non-Family) Legal Aid Work.

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Download: The Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012 (Updated for the GDPR in 2018):

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Download: Standard Contractual Terms 2012:

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Download: Guide to Contractual Terms:

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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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