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Purpose: To draw barristers' attention to issues relating to entities and entity regulation
Scope of application: All practising barristers and any other persons considering setting up an authorised or licensed body
Issued by: The Regulatory Issues and Law Reform Policy team and the Bar Council Entities Working Group
First reviewed: 19/02/2015
Last reviewed: 01/07/2018
Status and effect: Please see the notice at the end of this document. This is not 'guidance' for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4.

The Bar entered a new era at the end of 2014 with approval from the Legal Services Board to allow the Bar Standards Board to regulate entities. For those members of the Bar considering forming a new entity to deliver their services, the Bar Council has published vital support materials, providing information to help you, our members make an informed decision as to whether providing legal services through a regulated entity is suitable. It also includes ‘how to’ information on becoming a regulated entity and the most frequently asked questions that we have received.

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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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