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BSB opening hours

14 December 2017

The Bar Standards Board's offices will be closed from midday Thursday 21 December 2017 and will reopen on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

Barrister Roy Headlam suspended for six months for failing to maintain his independence and acting in a way that could undermine public trust in the profession

12 December 2017

Barrister Roy Headlam was suspended for six months by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held today following charges brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

New research published to help inform Future Bar Training decisions

11 December 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published two new pieces of research that are intended to provide a qualitative and quantitative evidence base to inform the current decision-making about the future training of barristers.

Barrister Hilary Roberts suspended for two months for failing to comply with a County Court Order

01 December 2017

Barrister Hilary Roberts was suspended for two months by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held yesterday following charges brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

BSB to take a new approach towards assuring quality at the Bar

29 November 2017

The Bar Standards Board has decided to take a new approach towards the quality assurance of barristers following a review. The BSB will not therefore implement the earlier scheme, the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA).

Civil standard of proof set to be adopted for professional misconduct proceedings for barristers

24 November 2017

Following a public consultation earlier this year, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has decided to change the standard of proof applied when barristers, and others regulated by the BSB, face disciplinary proceedings for professional misconduct. 

Baroness Blackstone to be the new Chair of the Bar Standards Board

23 November 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced that The Rt Hon the Baroness Blackstone will succeed Sir Andrew Burns KCMG as its new Chair on 1 January 2018.

BSB publishes updated disciplinary tribunal regulations and rules on parental leave in new BSB Handbook

01 November 2017

A new rule clarifying how vulnerable witnesses give evidence is one of a set of new and updated disciplinary tribunal regulations to be published in the new version of the BSB handbook. The revised Handbook also contains new rules about shared parental leave, in addition to some minor amendments to provide additional clarity.

BSB to revise rules relating to authorisation to practise and public access work following consultations

27 October 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has approved a number of rule changes for barristers renewing their practising certificates and for those doing public access work following recent consultations.

BSB seeks views on updating some of the rules governing barrister training and qualification

03 October 2017

As part of its ongoing Future Bar Training (FBT) programme, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today launched a new consultation on a number of aspects of the way in which barristers train and qualify.