- Reshaping the authorisation to practice process
- When did the BSB start authorising entities other than barristers and how many entities that are not barristers has the BSB authorised?
- What sorts of entities has the BSB been authorising?
- What is involved in BSB authorisation?
- Which BSB questions require the most effort to answer?
- What else needs to be produced to accompany the authorisation application?
- What tips or advice can you give to someone thinking of seeking BSB authorisation?
- What happens after an authorisation application has been submitted?
- How long does an authorisation application take?
- What fees are payable?
- Is there a public register of BSB authorised entities?
- What other aspects of a prospective BSB authorised business may also need work on as part of the authorisation process?
- What else needs to be done after authorisation is granted?
- What are the requirements for PII?
- What about client money?
- What are the main differences to regulation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority?
- Will the BSB authorise an alternative business structure (‘ABS’)?
- What has been the reaction from clients?
Practice Management analysis: An increasing number of solicitors are evaluating the benefits of their practice being regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) rather than the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). David Bowden, solicitor-advocate of David Bowden Law examines what is needed to gain BSB authorisation and talks to Robin Charrot, director and founder of Evolve Family Law Ltd and Andrea Cohen of ARC Legal Consulting Ltd about the implications.
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