Field Court Tax Chambers

Professional Client Access

The following persons may instruct barristers either on behalf of clients or on their own account:

  • Any person authorised by another approved regulator (not the Bar Standards Board) or licensing authority
  • Any employed barrister or registered European lawyer
  • Any practising barrister or registered European lawyer acting on his own behalf
  • A foreign lawyer
  • A Scottish or Northern Irish solicitor or
  • The representative of any body (such as a Legal Advice Centre or Pro Bono or Free Representation Unit) which arranges for a supply of legal services to the public without a fee, and which has been and remains designated by the Bar Standards Board in relation to insurance or any other matters whatsoever) as suitable for the instruction of barristers, and which instructs a barrister to supply legal services without a fee.

Licensed Access

Licensed Access is a licensing system whereby organisations or individuals who are suitable to instruct barristers because they have expertise in particular areas of the law can apply to the Bar Council to be licensed to instruct barristers directly in those areas.  The licence can cover advice or representation or both and permit licensees to instruct barristers either on their own affairs or on behalf of their clients.  For more information please see The Bar Council’s Licensed Access Guidance.

The Bar Standards Board Licensed Access Recognition Regulations tell you which organisations currently hold group licenses.  Those organisations are listed below but some entities hold single licenses. 

Part I – Accountants and  Taxation Advisers

  • The Association of Authorised Public Accountants
  • Association of Taxation Technicians
  • The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
  • The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
  • Chartered Accountants Ireland
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland
  • The Chartered Institute of Taxation
  • The Institute of Financials Accountants

Part II – Insolvency Practitioners

  • Insolvency Practitioners Association

Part III – Architects, Surveyors and Town Planners

  • Architects Registration Board
  • Association of Consultant Architects
  • The Royal Institute of British Architects
  • The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • The Royal Town Planning Institute
  • Landscape Institute

Part IV – Engineers

  • The Institution of Chemical Engineers
  • The Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors
  • The Institution of Civil Engineers
  • The Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • The Institution of Structural Engineers

Part V – Actuaries

  • The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries

Part V – Chartered Secretaries and Administrators

  • The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators: The Governance Institute

Part VI – Insurers

  • The Association of Average Adjusters
  • The Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters
  • The Chartered Insurance Institute