The Bar Association has adopted a policy to grant fee waivers to barristers taking parental or carer’s leave. The full policy is available here. In summary, a barrister taking parental leave will be entitled to a waiver of 100% of his or her practising certificate fee as long as the leave is taken in connection with the birth or adoption of his or her child and the barrister will be the primary care giver for the child during a period of leave of at least two months. A barrister taking carer’s leave will be entitled to a pro rata waiver of his or her practising certificate fee if the barrister takes a period of leave for at least two months in order to be a primary care giver for another person. Information about making an application for a fee waiver pursuant to this policy is set out in the policy.
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