The Bar Council has set up a website to answer barristers’ questions on obligations and standards required by the regulator.
The Ethics & Practice Hub provides guidance on ethical issues and meeting obligations set out in the Bar Standards Board’s Handbook. It supplements the council’s Ethical Enquiries Service - a confidential phone and email service for barristers to help identify and comply with professional obligations.
More than 6,500 calls and emails were made to the service from barristers in the last year.
Andrew Langdon QC, chair of the bar, said: ‘This is a step up in the services that the council offers to barristers and chambers in the crucial areas of professional ethics and practice. These should be the first port of call for barristers and their staff who are looking for help in these areas, whether they need to deal with an ethical issue urgently or are looking for a more in-depth consideration of good practice.
‘Given the importance of ethics and practice management to the bar, an easy to use and quick access website such as this is essential.’
The site also offers barristers and their chambers guidance materials on IT, equality and diversity, international practice and remuneration issues.