Voluntary Disbarment

Barristers transferring to the solicitors’ profession is the main reason barristers seek voluntary disbarment, although there can be others. The General Rules of the Society and the Legal Services Regulation Act, 2015 explicitly prohibits a Barrister being on the Roll of both professions at the same time. 

Disbarment removes the member from the Register of Members of the Society (maintained by King’s Inns) and subsequently from the Roll of Practising Barristers (maintained by the LSRA).

A disbarment application must go before a meeting of the Benchers, who usually meet at the start of each legal term. Meetings will not take place at any other time.

  • 2021 Michaelmas Term: 4 October to 21 December*
  • 2022 Hilary Term: 11 January to 8 April
  • 2022 Easter Term: 25 April to 2 June
  • 2022 Trinity Term: 15 June to 29 July

*cut–off date for receipt of applications 28th September

If you wish to be re–admitted to the barrister profession again in the future, you must apply to be re–admitted and complete another declaration. The application goes before the Benchers and if approved you will be called with the students at that particular time. 

Download the Voluntary Disbarment form

Forms must be digitally signed and sent to members@kingsinns.ie. Please do not send to any other email. 

Please keep a copy of the form on file for reference.