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Which DBS check do I need? – Barrister

By law, if you are applying to become a barrister in the UK, you must undergo a standard DBS check.

A standard DBS check is carried out by the Disclosure and Barring service. The check will involve a search for any unspent or spent convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings in existence on the Police National Computer.

This type of CRB check is a prerequisite for a range of jobs within the legal and financial sectors, including roles where work is carried out under Money Laundering Regulations.

A standard DBS check for a barrister is part of your ongoing duty to disclose anything which may call into question your suitability for the role. This expectation is considered crucial within the profession to ensure public confidence is maintained.

As a barrister your code of practice will be clearly set out in the BSB Handbook under Core Duties. Whether as a student or practicing barrister, your duty to declare anything that may affect your conduct remains the same. Visit barstandardsboard.org.uk to find out more.