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BSB publishes a new guide for barristers working with vulnerable immigration clients

18 April 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published an online guide to assist immigration barristers when they work closely with vulnerable clients. The new resource will help immigration barristers to identify, assess and manage vulnerability as well as help them to meet their regulatory and other legal duties.

BSB seeks views on removing the restriction on reporting sexual orientation and religion and belief data

11 April 2018

At the request of the Bar Council, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) is seeking views on whether to remove certain restrictions on the reporting by the profession of sexual orientation and religion and belief data.

BSB sets priorities for the next 12 months

26 March 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its annual Business Plan for 2018-19 in which it sets its main priorities for the year.

Barrister Forz Khan ordered to be suspended for seven months

23 March 2018

Barrister Forz Khan has been ordered to be suspended from practice for seven months by an independent disciplinary tribunal after admitting three charges of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

BSB agrees approach on the role of the Inns of Court in the future of Bar training

23 March 2018

Following its recent consultation, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has agreed in principle how it should prescribe the future role of the Inns of Court in the training and qualification of barristers.

BSB leads debate about race equality at the Bar

15 March 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a report of the event it hosted last month to consider how to improve race equality at the Bar.

Barrister Maureen Obi-Ezekpazu ordered to be suspended for three months for failing to comply with a Legal Ombudsman order

13 March 2018

Barrister Maureen Obi-Ezekpazu has been ordered to be suspended from practice for three months by an independent disciplinary tribunal following a charge brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).  

BSB opens recruitment for Governance, Risk and Audit (GRA) Committee Members

12 March 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has begun the process to recruit two new members for the Governance, Risk and Audit (GRA) Committee.

BSB seeks views on modernising its regulatory decision-making

08 March 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today launched a new consultation seeking views on the final phase of the Governance Reform outlined in its 2016-19 Strategic Plan. The BSB now proposes to change how it deals with the information it receives as the regulator and to revise its decision-making structures in relation to professional conduct issues.  

Unregistered barrister Anisah Ahmed disbarred for falsifying information in pupillage application

28 February 2018

Unregistered barrister Anisah Ahmed was ordered to be disbarred from the Bar of England and Wales at an independent disciplinary tribunal hearing held on Tuesday 27 February 2018, following charges brought by the Bar Standards Board.

New website launched for barristers and chambers: MyBar self-service portal opens for Authorisation to Practise process 2018

26 February 2018

A new self-service website for barristers and chambers to renew their practising certificates, update regulatory information, pay the Bar Representation Fee (BRF), manage subscriptions and applications and to book training, has been jointly launched by the Bar Council and the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

BSB agrees approach to improve transparency for clients of the Bar

23 February 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has set out a revised approach to improve transparency standards for clients of the Bar. This responds to the recent Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) market study of legal services and takes full account of responses to a recent BSB consultation.

Unregistered barrister Godwin Okri disbarred for dishonest conduct when practising as a solicitor

22 February 2018

Unregistered barrister Godwin Okri was ordered to be disbarred from the Bar of England and Wales at an independent disciplinary tribunal hearing held on Wednesday 21 February 2018, following charges brought by the Bar Standards Board.

New bogus emails purporting to come from the BSB

19 February 2018

The BSB has been made aware of a number of further bogus emails purporting to come from the BSB and inviting the reader to click on a hyperlink for details of a supposed invoice. 

BSB seeks new members for its Advisory Pool of Experts (APEX)

12 February 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is recruiting new members to its Advisory Pool of Experts (APEX).

BSB publishes new version of its Handbook

01 February 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published the latest version of the BSB Handbook which contains the Code of Conduct for barristers in England and Wales. This introduces new authorisation to practise requirements, streamlines the public and licensed access rules, and introduces new obligations for barristers and BSB regulated entities to comply with the new Anti-Money Laundering Regulations. The new rules mean that there are four new reporting requirements for barristers looking to apply for or renew their practising certificates.

The Bar became more diverse during 2017 although further progress is still needed

26 January 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its annual report on Diversity at the Bar. The report shows that progress was made in 2017 with regard to both diversity at the Bar and to the disclosure rates of barristers providing data.

BSB seeking new barrister members for its Professional Conduct Committee

04 January 2018

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New Board members for the Bar Standards Board

19 December 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced the appointment of three new lay Board members.

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. 

BSB proposes targeted approach to CMA disclosure recommendations: focuses on consumers who would benefit most

02 October 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a new consultation outlining its proposed response to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) recommendations for more transparency about legal service providers' fees, services and rights of redress for consumers.

BSB publishes two-year research strategy

29 September 2017

BSB publishes two-year research strategy

BSB appoints new pool of Authorisation Review Panel members and an advisory expert

26 September 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced eight appointments to its pool of Authorisations Review panellists and one to its Advisory Pool of Experts (APEX).

Khawar Qureshi QC: Statement by the BSB

19 September 2017

Khawar Qureshi QC: Statement by the BSB

BSB opens recruitment for Governance, Risk and Audit (GRA) Committee Barrister Member

23 August 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has begun the process to recruit a new barrister member for the Governance, Risk and Audit (GRA) Committee.

Bogus emails purporting to come from the BSB

16 August 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has been made aware of a number of bogus emails purporting to come from the BSB and inviting the reader to click on a hyperlink for details of a supposed invoice. 

Translations available for guidance on immigration and asylum related legal issues

10 August 2017

Following the publication of our guidance for professionals and the public on immigration and asylum issues in June 2017, translated versions are now available

BSB increases efficiency in handling complaints

01 August 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its  Enforcement Annual Report  for 2016-17.

The BSB publishes its Annual Report for 2016-17

01 August 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its latest annual report summarising its achievements during the 2016-17 business year.

Unregistered barrister Chukwuma Emele disbarred for dishonest conduct when practising as a solicitor and for failing to declare this when being called to the Bar

17 July 2017

Unregistered barrister Chukwuma Emele was ordered to be disbarred from the Bar of England and Wales at an independent disciplinary tribunal hearing held on Friday 14 July, following charges brought by the Bar Standards Board.

Barristers are serving family law clients well, says new BSB research

11 July 2017

The BSB has today published the findings of its research with people who have used barristers' services during family legal proceedings. The findings show that most of those who took part in the research were positive about the service they received from their barrister.

BSB opens recruitment for lay Chair and lay Board members

05 July 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has begun the process to recruit a new Chair to succeed Sir Andrew Burns KCMG whose term of office ends on 31 December 2017. It is also seeking three new lay Board members to take up position at the same time.

New guidance for the public and for professionals on immigration and asylum related legal issues

30 June 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published two new guidance documents on immigration and asylum issues. 

BSB outlines its plan to act on CMA recommendations

29 June 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its plan to address the recommendations contained in the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) report into legal services.

BSB issues consultation on simplifying the Public and Licensed Access Rules

26 June 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a new consultation on potential changes to the rules governing the Public and Licensed Access schemes for barristers. 

BSB invites tenders for an internal auditor

23 June 2017

The BSB has today invited tenders from providers of internal auditing services for the next three-and-a-half-year period from 2017 until 2021.

Becoming a barrister remains highly competitive, new report shows

19 June 2017

The BSB has today published the third annual edition of its statistical information on student performance on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).

BSB publishes consultation on new declaration rules for barristers

12 June 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a consultation on a new set of proposals to require barristers to declare a range of information about their practice to the regulator every year when applying for their practising certificate. This also includes new and returning barristers.

Oliver Zachary White ordered to be suspended for a total of two years for several practice failings

09 June 2017

Oliver Zachary White will be unable to practise as a barrister in England and Wales for the next two years, because he has been ordered to be suspended by two separate independent disciplinary tribunals for a number of different failings in his practice.

Unregistered barristers Benjamin and Isaac Marrache disbarred, following convictions for fraud in Gibraltar

09 June 2017

Unregistered barristers and brothers Benjamin and Isaac Marrache were ordered to be disbarred from the Bar of England and Wales at two separate independent disciplinary tribunal hearings yesterday, following charges brought by the Bar Standards Board.

Innovation happening, but no strong need to change the traditional chambers model, say respondents to BSB survey

30 May 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its report into the provision of legal services by barristers. The report contains the results of an online survey conducted in September and October 2016 with barristers about the future delivery of legal services.

BSB to appoint new Chair from 2018

26 May 2017

The Bar Standards Board is to seek a new Chair to take office after the term of the current Chair, Sir Andrew Burns KCMG, expires in December 2017.

BSB proposes change to its rules to require chambers to allow all self-employed barristers access to parental leave

26 May 2017

At its meeting last night, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) agreed to change the equality rules to enable all self-employed barristers in chambers to take parental leave, regardless of whether their spouse or partner takes parental leave.

Peter Richard Collins disbarred for dishonestly withholding fees from his chambers

19 May 2017

Barrister Peter Richard Collins was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held yesterday, following charges brought by the regulator.

Senior legal academic sought to help reform the education and training of the Bar

08 May 2017

The Bar Standards Board, the independent regulatory body for barristers in England and Wales, is seeking a new member for its Education and Training Committee. We are currently reforming the education and training for the Bar, through our Future Bar Training Programme, and this is an exciting opportunity to help shape the future landscape of training for the Bar.

BSB recruits for members of APEX and review panels

03 May 2017

The BSB is seeking applications for members of its Advisory Pool of Experts (APEX) and Review Panels.

BSB consults on changing the standard of proof used in professional misconduct proceedings for barristers

02 May 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today launched a new consultation about the standard of proof applied when barristers and others regulated by the BSB face disciplinary proceedings for professional misconduct.

Barrister Sellappah Job Joseph suspended for 12 months for conducting litigation when not authorised to do so

26 April 2017

Barrister Sellappah Job Joseph was suspended for 12 months by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held yesterday following charges brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

Unregistered barrister Mahnoor Choudhury disbarred for stealing money from her employer and her colleagues

19 April 2017

Mahnoor Choudhury was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held earlier today following charges brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

Barrister Henry Hendron suspended for three years following criminal convictions for supplying illegal drugs

06 April 2017

Barrister Henry Hendron was suspended for three years by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held on Wednesday, 5 April 2017.

Bar Standards Board opens for ABS authorisations

03 April 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has from today begun licensing Alternative Business Structures (ABSs).

BSB publishes its 2017-18 Business Plan

31 March 2017

The barristers' regulator, the Bar Standards Board (BSB), has today published its  2017-18 Business Plan

BSB announces decision on the future of Bar training

24 March 2017

The BSB has decided that it will authorise a limited number of future training routes for prospective students to qualify as barristers. One of these is likely to be a new training course, which has been proposed by the Council of the Inns of Court (COIC) and the Bar Council. The Board also agreed a Policy Statement setting out its vision for the future of Bar training.

Schemes allowing barristers to receive instructions without solicitors are working well, BSB’s latest review finds

15 March 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published the results of a review into the Public and Licensed Access schemes. These schemes allow members of the public and other lay clients to instruct barristers directly without first instructing a solicitor or other intermediary.

BSB announces new regulatory approach to improve advocacy standards within Youth Courts

24 February 2017

At its Board meeting last night, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) agreed new measures to improve standards of advocacy within Youth Courts.

Barrister Omar Mohammed Khan disbarred for conspiring to supply cocaine

24 February 2017

Barrister Omar Khan was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing on Friday 24 February, following his conviction for conspiring to supply a controlled drug of Class A (cocaine).

Unregistered barrister Rajesh Babajee disbarred for misappropriating client funds as a solicitor

17 February 2017

Unregistered barrister Rajesh Babajee was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing on Thursday 16 February, following his striking-off as a solicitor in April last year.

Barrister Sanjay Roy disbarred following conviction for putting a woman in fear of violence by harassment

17 February 2017

Barrister Sanjay Roy was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal, at a hearing held on Friday, 17 February 2017.

BSB invites tenders from recruitment specialists to help with appointments

14 February 2017

The BSB has today invited tenders from recruitment specialists to help it with a number of appointments due within the organisation over the next two to three years.

BSB publishes two-year equality and diversity strategy

10 February 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its Equality and Diversity Strategy for 2017-2019. This follows the publication of its  Diversity at the Bar Report

BSB report shows diversity at the Bar heading slowly in the right direction but that further progress is needed

27 January 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its annual report on Diversity at the Bar. The report shows that progress was made in 2016 with regard to both diversity at the Bar itself and to the disclosure rates of barristers providing data.

BSB approves new governance principles and agrees to simplify decision-making

27 January 2017

At its meeting on Thursday 26 January, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) agreed a new set of governance principles.

REMINDER: All pupillages must be advertised on the Pupillage Gateway

20 January 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) reminds members of the Bar that pupillages must be advertised on the Pupillage Gateway

Vanessa Gibson-Marks disbarred following conviction for theft

17 January 2017

St Vincent and the Grenadines-based unregistered barrister Vanessa Gibson-Marks was ordered to be disbarred from the Bar of England and Wales by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held on Monday, 16 January 2017. The order follows charges brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

BSB adds three barristers to pool of advisory experts

21 December 2016

The Bar Standards Board has today announced three new appointments to its Advisory Pool of Experts (APEX), a group of specialists who will provide independent advice on the regulator's work.

BSB opening hours over the 2016-17 festive period

16 December 2016

The Bar Standards Board's offices will be closed from midday Thursday 22 December 2016 and will reopen on Tuesday 3 January 2017.

BSB statement on the CMA report into the legal services market

15 December 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has welcomed the Competition and Markets Authority's report following its market study into the supply of legal services in England and Wales.

New regime for barristers’ CPD starts 1 January: BSB publishes guidance and template

13 December 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published guidance and a template to help practising barristers of more than three years' standing comply with the new CPD scheme, which starts on 1 January 2017. 

Barrister Jonathan Simpson suspended for 12 months following conviction for stalking

12 December 2016

Barrister Jonathan Simpson was suspended for 12 months by an independent disciplinary Tribunal at a hearing on Monday, 12 December, following a charge brought by the Bar's regulator, the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

BSB welcomes Ministry of Justice review into youth justice

12 December 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) welcomes the Ministry of Justice's  review into youth justice

Unregistered barrister Philip Pawson disbarred for dishonesty

08 December 2016

Unregistered barrister Philip Pawson was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary Tribunal at a hearing on Wednesday 7 December, following charges brought by the barristers' regulator.

Note about an email scam targeting barristers

02 December 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has been made aware this morning about a bogus email targeting barristers.

BSB extends Future Bar Training consultation to include a new proposal from COIC and the Bar Council

01 December 2016

On 3 October, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) issued a consultation document outlining three possible approaches towards the future of Bar training.

We are recruiting an Assistant Chief Examiner, Criminal Litigation

28 November 2016

Assistant Chief Examiner, Criminal Litigation

BSB appoints new pool of advisory experts

25 November 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced the first appointments to its new Advisory Pool of Experts (APEX).

New Board members for the Bar Standards Board

25 November 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced the appointment of three new lay Board members.

New tribunal hearing disbars barrister Tariq Rehman

24 November 2016

Tariq Rehman, an immigration barrister and Head of Chambers at Kings Court Chambers in Birmingham, was ordered to be disbarred at an independent disciplinary hearing on Wednesday, 23 November, following charges brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB), the regulator of the Bar.

BSB seeks views on shared parental leave for self-employed barristers

22 November 2016

"Should self-employed barristers enjoy similar rights to shared parental leave as employed barristers?" the Bar Standards Board (BSB) asks in a consultation launched today.

Barrister Tariq Rehman is permanently banned from public access work and suspended for a further 27 months

15 November 2016

Barrister Tariq Rehman was permanently banned from accepting public access instructions, and suspended for a total 27 months at an independent disciplinary hearing on Monday, 14 November, following charges brought by the Bar regulator.

Unregistered barrister Mujibur Ibrahim disbarred, following conviction of theft

08 November 2016

Unregistered barrister Mujibur Ibrahim was ordered to be disbarred by an independent Disciplinary Tribunal at a hearing on Monday, 7 November, following charges brought by the Bar regulator.

Barrister Tariq Rehman suspended for delaying refund payments to clients

04 November 2016

Barrister Tariq Rehman was suspended for a total of 14 months by an independent disciplinary Tribunal at a hearing on Wednesday, 2 November, following charges brought by the Bar regulator.

Barrister Michael Roberts disbarred, following criminal conviction for tax evasion

02 November 2016

Barrister Michael Charles Roberts was ordered to be disbarred by an independent Disciplinary Tribunal at a hearing on Friday 28 October, following charges brought by the Bar regulator.

Research shows room for improvement on Client Care Letters

02 November 2016

New research commissioned by legal regulators and the Legal Services Consumer Panel (LSCP) has identified principles to help lawyers better communicate with their clients.

The BSB is recruiting lay members for its Professional Conduct Committee

28 October 2016

The Bar Standards Board, the independent regulatory body for barristers in England and Wales, is seeking new members for its Professional Conduct Committee.

Unregistered barrister Ian Millard disbarred, following seriously offensive tweets

28 October 2016

Unregistered barrister Ian Millard was ordered to be disbarred by an independent Disciplinary Tribunal at a hearing on Thursday 27 October, following charges brought by the Bar regulator.

Unregistered barrister Mohammed Shafee Shaikh disbarred following conviction for import duty evasion

11 October 2016

Unregistered barrister Mohammed Shafee Shaikh was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary Tribunal at a hearing on Monday 10 October, following charges brought by the Bar regulator.

Legal Experts needed

03 October 2016

The Bar Standards Board, the regulatory body for barristers in England and Wales, is seeking five members of a new Advisory Pool of Experts (APEX).

Do you have a view on the future of Bar training? If so, the BSB would like to hear from you

03 October 2016

In a consultation paper launched today, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) outlines three possible approaches for the future training of barristers.

Bar regulator’s complaints-handling process is thorough and fair, says Independent Observer

30 September 2016

The way in which the Bar Standards Board (BSB) deals with complaints against barristers and handles disciplinary proceedings is thorough and fair, says the Independent Observer's latest report, published today.

Unregistered barrister Dr Peter Barnett disbarred following fraud convictions for fare evasion

27 September 2016

Dr Peter Barnett was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary Tribunal at a hearing on Monday 26 September 2016, following charges brought by the Bar regulator.

BSB publishes Professional Statement for Barristers

21 September 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a revised version of the Professional Statement, which now includes the Threshold Standard and Competences. It sets out in more detail the skills, knowledge and attributes which barristers are expected to have on "day one" of being issued with a practising certificate.