Licensed Access

The Bar Standards Board approves certain persons, organisations and/or their members or employees to instruct barristers directly through the Licensed Access Scheme. 

By virtue of the Licensed Access Recognition Regulations, members of the following organisations are deemed to be an authorised licensed access client:

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
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland
  • The Chartered Institute of Taxation
  • The Institute of Financial Accountants
  • The Institute of Indirect Taxation

Insolvency Practitioners 

  • Insolvency Practitioners Association

Architects, Surveyors and Town Planners

  • The Architects Registration Council of the UK
  • The Architects and Surveyors Institute
  • Association of Consultant Architects
  • The Royal Institute of British Architects
  • The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • The Royal Town Planning Institute


  • The Incorporated Society of Valuers & Auctioneers


  • The Faculty of Actuaries
  •  Institute of Actuaries

Chartered Secretaries & Administrators

  • The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators


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

If you are unsure whether the licensed access scheme applies to you, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us to discuss the matter or alternatively, you may want to consider direct public access, which also allows you to instruct a barrister directly without a solicitor in an appropriate case.


Unless otherwise first agreed in writing with an individual barrister or Chambers, all instructions accepted by our barristers from the authorised licensed access client will be deemed to be given and accepted on the terms of the Licensed Access Terms of Work.