Guidance

Apply for a Certificate of Fitness for call to the Bar of Northern Ireland or a Certificate of Pupillage for Scotland

Guide for barristers asking the Law Officers for permission to join the Bar of Northern Ireland or the Faculty of Advocates in Scotland.

One of the functions of the Law Officers (the Attorney General and Solicitor General) is to approve applications from members of the Bar of England and Wales who need a certificate in order to be called to the Bar of Northern Ireland, or who want to apply for membership of the Faculty of Advocates in Scotland.

Apply for a certificate to be called to the Bar of Northern Ireland

What to submit:

  1. A short letter addressed to the Law Officers requesting a certificate of fitness for call to the Bar of Northern Ireland and stating why you are seeking call and whether it is temporary or permanent.

  2. A copy of your current Practising Certificate.

  3. A brief CV showing the nature of your practice.

For a junior we also need two references from barristers of significantly senior call to you, stating how long they have known you for and why they believe you to be suitable for call to the Bar of Northern Ireland. They may come from your own chambers.

Apply for Certificates of Pupillage for Scotland

What to submit:

  1. A short letter addressed to the Law Officers requesting a certificate and why you are seeking call

  2. A certificate from the Bar Standards Board showing you have completed pupillage.

How to submit your application

please send to: correspondence@attorneygeneral.gov.uk

or:

5-8 The Sanctuary
London
SW1P 3JS

Published 14 January 2013
Last updated 18 April 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated address

  2. First published.