General Council of the Bar acts as a regulatory body for barristers
and they have their own disciplinary procedure. The General Council
of the Bar has the power to award up to £5000 compensation
for a complainant. If you are dissatisfied with the service you
have received you should make a complaint within six months.
For 200 years barristers enjoyed an immunity which
has prevented disgruntled clients from suing them for damages for
loss incurred as a result of the barrister's negligence in representing
the client in court. The immunity was removed in 2000 by The House
of Lords. The ruling applies to all proceedings, both civil and
criminal, and also affects solicitors who act as advocates in court.