Part 1

Preparation – Course Survey and Pre-Readings

For All Practitioners - Plenary Session

An essential part of your ethics course on 23 April is pre-reading in your own time, prior to attending the course. You are receiving a credit of ONE HOUR for this pre-reading, and must allow yourself enough time to complete it. This will allow you to participate fully and effectively in the course on the day, and to get the most out of it.

All the reading is targeted towards the specific problems you will be asked about on the day. All of the documents are available to download using the links below.

The pre-reading is in two parts:

  1. Reading for the initial plenary session. This must be completed by all practitioners.
  2. Reading for the specialist session which follows the plenary session (divided between Criminal Practitioners, Family Practitioners and Civil Practitioners). Choose the one that applies to you.

Part A - Initial Plenary Session


1. BSB Handbook (1 February 2018) – Please read the sections listed here

These are also highlighted in yellow on this website's version of the Handbook.

2. BSB Handbook Equality Rules – Please read the following sections

Section 1: Recruitment and work allocation equality monitoring (pages 6-9)

Section 2:  Core Duty not to Discriminate (page 10)

3. BSB Cab rank rule guidance

4. BSB Media comment guidance

5. BSB Clash of hearing dates (listings) guidance

6. BSB Social media guidance

7. BSB Reporting serious misconduct of others guidance

8. BSB Statement on refusing instructions and deliberately not attending court

9 Bar Council Ethics Committee guidance on Advertising and website profiles

10. Bar Council Ethics Committee guidance on Expressing personal opinions to/in the media

Part B - Specialist Sessions

For Criminal Practitioners

For Family Practitioners

For Civil Practitioners

Additional Reading for Civil Practitioners

1. Bar Council Ethics Committee paper on Conflicts – pre-instruction discussions (1.6.2017)

2. Bar Council Ethics Committee paper on Witness preparation (1.8.2017)

3. Bar Council Ethics Committee paper on Evidence obtained illegally in civil and family proceedings

4. Bar Council Ethics Committee paper on Documents disclosed to Counsel by mistake (January 2015)

5. Bar Council Ethics Committee paper on Non-disclosure of information to your own client (January 2015)

6. Dubai Aluminium v Al Alawi [1999] 1 WLR 1964

7. Imerman v Tchenguiz [2010] EWCA Civ 908

8. Al-Fayed v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (No 1) [2002] (not 2001) EWCA 780

9. Vernon v Bosley (No 2) [1999] QB 18


If you are attending the course on 23 April you will need to complete this short survey by Friday 20 April. It will only take you a few minutes to complete.