Licensed Access is where professional organisations or individuals can instruct barristers, either on behalf of clients or on their own account, if they are deemed or declared as suitable to do so because of their professional expertise.
Most qualified professionals who are automatically deemed suitable, such as:
Other professionals can apply to the Bar Standards Board (the independent regulator of the Bar) to be licensed to instruct barristers directly in their areas of expertise, either generally or for particular work.
The Licensed Access Recognition Regulations and The Bar Standards Board Handbook for Licensed can be found here.
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