Your application for transfer to the Bar must first be approved by the Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) Qualifications Committee before you can join the Inn.
Once approved, unless exempt, you are normally required to sit all or part of the Bar Transfer Test which you must pass before you can be called to the Bar.
If you are a European lawyer wishing to practise at the Bar of England & Wales under your own jurisdiction, you are still required to join the Inn but will not be called to the Bar.
If you are seeking temporary membership and Call to the Bar of England and Wales, for the purposes of conducting a particular case, please contact the Education department.
Please be aware it can take the Education Department up to 6 weeks to process your application. If you have not received confirmation of receipt within one week of submitting your papers, please contact the department.
Joining the Inn
Submit your application to the Education Department by post or in person.
Applications must be sent to:
8 South Square
Contact the Education Department should you have any queries regarding your application.
Your admission papers consist of:
- a Four Inns of Court and General Council of the Bar Form
- an Admission Declaration Form
- a Certificate of Good Standing from current authorising body (issued within the last 3 months)
- a letter from the BSB (giving permission to join an Inn / outlining requirements for Call) which must be an original or certified copy
- a copy of the transfer application form submitted to the BSB
- the admission fee of £100 (by cheque made payable to ‘Gray’s Inn’)
- one photograph
- an Equal Opportunities Form
- a photocopy of photographic ID
Your papers should be filled out and printed double sided before signing and dating.
Call to the Bar
You must meet any Bar Transfer Test requirements as set out by the BSB in order to be eligible for Call to the Bar. You must submit your Call papers at least one month before your chosen Call date.
Post Call requirements
Transferring lawyers required to complete 10 Qualifying Sessions must do so within 3 years of being called. As part of your transfer to the Bar approval by the BSB, you may also be required to attend a:
- Pupil Advocacy Course
- Practice Management Course (incorporated in the Pupil Advocacy Course)
- New Practitioner Weekend
You may be exempt from some or all of the above; please see your correspondence with the BSB to ensure you are aware of your requirements.