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Email guidelines for the Bar

Purpose: To guide all barristers and chambers on good practice in their use of email and email security
Scope of application: All practising barristers
Issued by: The Information Technology Panel
First reviewed: 01/11/2004
Last reviewed: 15/12/2022
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 benefits of email to businesses and individuals are incalculable. As an internet application, email can be used in both secure and insecure ways, thereby exposing barristers and their chambers to certain risks. These include the risk of failing to comply with various statutory requirements (for example, data protection legislation) and threats to the security of IT systems.

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Important Notice

This document has been prepared by the Bar Council to assist barristers on matters of information security. It is not “guidance” for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4, and neither the BSB nor bodies regulating information security 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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