The Bar Standards Board (BSB) have been consulting on amendments to the Code of Conduct for barristers following a review of public access rules.
Barristers are usually instructed by solicitors to act on behalf of their clients; however the public access scheme allows a barrister to be instructed directly by a member of the public without the need for a solicitor.
At present, the public access rules do not allow a client who may be eligible for public funding to instruct a public access barrister. This is one of the rules BSB seek to change.
Read the full article on the BSB website here.