The Code of Conduct at Part 2 C5 You and your Practice states, at rC73
“Except where you are acting in your capacity as a manager or employee of an authorised (non-BSB) body, you must not receive, control or handle client money apart from what the client pays you for your services”.
So counsel are not allowed to handle client money:
The Bar Standards Board also gives the following guidance on what is considered to be conducting litigation and which counsel are not permitted to dohttps://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/uploads/assets/5942518a-3f66-49ae-9d7a0f430c12c3e1/Conducting-Litigation.pdf see para 3.
So, because counsel cannot conduct litigation and because we are covered by counsel’s insurance, clerks are not permitted to either handle client money or issues proceedings or perform any ancillary functions in the court of the proceedings.
Alternatives are to use a London agent.