Secondments Guidance - December 2016

Bar Mutual is aware that an increasingly common aspect of the practices of Members who practise as self-employed barristers is the undertaking of secondments with clients (lay and professional) of chambers. The benefits of these arrangements for both sides are self-evident and Bar Mutual does not wish to disrupt them unnecessarily. Please read our Guidance Note below.

Secondments Guidance Note


Bar Mutual provides professional indemnity insurance to self-employed barristers in England & Wales.

All self-employed barristers are required by the Bar Standards Board to take out professional indemnity insurance with Bar Mutual. 

Bar Mutual provides comprehensive professional indemnity insurance cover and an excellent claims handling service. 

Bar Mutual is a not for profit company.  It is owned and controlled by its Members whose collective interests are paramount.

Effective control of Bar Mutual’s affairs rests with its Board of Directors, all of whom are self-employed barristers. The Board is responsible for setting Bar Mutual’s strategies and policies and overseeing the performance of the executive.

Bar Mutual’s executive functions are outsourced to Thomas Miller.

Bar Mutual fact file

  • Bar Mutual was established in 1988.
  • Bar Mutual insures 13,000 self-employed barristers
  • The minimum level of cover provided by Bar Mutual is £500,000.  The maximum is £2,500,000. 
  • All self-employed barristers renew their professional indemnity insurance with Bar Mutual on 1 April each year.
  • Premiums are transparently set in accordance with a rating schedule published each year.

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