BAR STANDARDS BOARD: COMPLYING WITH GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE NOT A BREACH OF BSB HANDBOOK
The Bar Standards Board has made it totally clear that a barrister complying with Government or Public Health Guidance is not in breach of the Bar Handbook. This has been done in a press release this morning.
THE PRESS RELEASE
The press release – available here, states:-
“We know that barristers will continue to do everything they can to serve the interests of their clients and we should like to make clear that following Government or Public Health England guidance is not of course a breach of the BSB Handbook”
BUT DO WHAT YOU CAN TO INFORM THE CLIENT
The press release goes on to make points that are obvious, but helpful.
“However, you should ensure that you comply with any relevant obligations arising from following that guidance, particularly your duties to the court and your clients (e.g. if you need to cease to act or return instructions, you should clearly explain to your client or solicitor the reasons for doing so).”