In England and Wales, barristers are represented by the Bar Council and regulated by the Bar Standards Board. Solicitors are represented by the Law Society and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
The two main branches of legal practitioners in Scotland are solicitors, governed by the Law Society of Scotland and advocates, governed by the Faculty of Advocates.
The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission is the independent gateway for all public complaints against solicitors, advocates, commercial attorneys and licensed conveyancers. The Scottish Solicitors’ Discipline Tribunal is an independent judicial body that deals with serious solicitor disciplinary issues.
In the Republic of Ireland, lawyers practice as either solicitors or barristers, and are represented nationally by the Law Society (solicitors) and the Bar Council (barristers). Since October 7, 2019, the Legal Services Regulatory Authority (LSRA) deals with complaints made against both solicitors and barristers.
The legal profession in Northern Ireland is divided. Solicitors are regulated by the Law Society of Northern Ireland. The Bar Council is responsible for the admission and conduct of barristers.
Manx lawyers practise as advocates, combining the functions performed in England and Wales by solicitors and barristers, and are regulated by the Law Society.
In Jersey, lawyers practise as advocates and solicitors and are governed by the Law Society.