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Joining and leaving chambers, and internal disputes

Purpose: To draw barristers' and chambers' attention to some practical issues which may arise, and some potential professional obligations that may be engaged, when a barrister joins or leaves a set of chambers or when an internal dispute arises
Scope of application: All practising self-employed barristers
Issued by: The Ethics Committee
First reviewed: 01/12/2003
Last reviewed: 01/03/2024
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.

Purpose of document – terms of tenancy – notice periods – terminating membership – payments on leaving chambers – fee collection – aged debt and cheque payments – Data Protection Act – disputes

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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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