The Bar Council, the representative body for all barristers in England and Wales, will help self-employed barristers showing Covid-19 symptoms to get tested under the Department of Health & Social Care employer referral testing scheme.
With most barristers being self-employed, the burden of arranging testing and the associated administration would fall on each individual barrister. The Bar Council will instead act as a ‘quasi-employer’ for the profession and facilitate the tests for barristers who have been identified as essential workers because of their critical role in the justice system.
The Government’s employer referral portal allows employers to refer for testing any essential workers and those whose work cannot be done from home and who are self-isolating with coronavirus symptoms. Those who are living with an essential or other such worker, and who themselves have symptoms, can also get an appointment for testing through this scheme, whether or not the worker has symptoms.