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Family Career Breaks – Advice Pack

Purpose: Advice for barristers before or after a family career break (includes good practice for chambers).
Scope of application: All barristers wishing to temporarily close down or restart their practice
Issued by: Equality, Diversity and Social Mobility Committee
Last reviewed: 13/12/2023
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.

The Bar Council have put together an information pack which includes advice, tips and checklists for all those taking a career break from the Bar. The Bar Council is keen to share the latest in good practice to support you in either temporarily closing down your practice, or restarting your practice before or after a career break to have a family.

If you would like to share your experience, a tip or piece of advice with other barristers or you identify gaps in our advice and you would like further information on any issue relating to a family career break please contact us using the details below so that we can include this in future versions of this guide.

T:  +44 (0)20 7611 1320

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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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