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Yawar Shah disbarred for dishonesty, following conviction for mortgage fraud

16 June 2016

Unregistered barrister Yawar Shah was ordered to be disbarred this week by an independent disciplinary tribunal, following his criminal convictions on two counts of conspiracy to defraud in 2013.

Barrister Damian McCarthy disbarred following retrial

10 June 2016

An independent disciplinary tribunal yesterday ordered barrister Damian McCarthy to be disbarred for dishonesty.

The Bar regulator to host debate on the Future Bar Training options

08 June 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is set to hostThe Future Bar Training debate next month. The debate will be a forum to discuss the options for how best to structure the process by which students can qualify as barristers.

Lloyd Aneke disbarred following reckless and improper stewardship of client money

26 May 2016

Unregistered barrister Lloyd Aneke was ordered to be disbarred on Wednesday by an independent disciplinary tribunal following his strike-off as a solicitor for recklessly and improperly handling client money.

BSB seeks Assistant Chief Examiner, Civil Litigation

23 May 2016

BSB seeks Assistant Chief Examiner, Civil Litigation

BSB seeks Examination question writers, markers and standard setters

23 May 2016

BSB seeks Examination question writers, markers and standard setters

BSB conducts thematic review on immigration services, adopts recommendations

20 May 2016

The BSB has today published the Immigration Thematic Review Report, which summarises the risks in the immigration advice and services market.

BSB seeks to improve advocacy standards within the Youth Court

20 May 2016

The Bar regulator has today announced proposals to improve advocacy standards in youth court proceedings following  research commissioned by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and CILEx Regulation last year

Email alert from the Bar Council

20 May 2016

Bar Council email alert

BSB welcomes LSB’s recommendation to the Lord Chancellor to enable it to regulate ABSs

19 May 2016

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has recommended to the Lord Chancellor that the Bar Standards Board (BSB) be permitted to regulate Alternative Business Structures (ABSs), by designating the Bar Council as a licensing authority.

BSB’s Strategic Plan and Risk Outlook launch provokes lively debate

17 May 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) officially launched its Strategic Plan 2016-19 and Risk Outlook last month at a function in central London, to an audience of barristers, representative bodies of the Bar, legal consumer organisations and diversity groups.

Katrina McCarthy disbarred for dishonesty and misleading the court

12 May 2016

Unregistered barrister Katrina McCarthy was ordered to be disbarred on Monday by an independent disciplinary tribunal, for dishonesty and misleading the court by stating she was a practising barrister when she was not.

Bar regulator has made “significant improvements”, says LSB’s report

10 May 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has made "significant improvements" as a regulator since 2012-13, says the Legal Services Board (LSB)'s today in its Regulatory Standards Report for 2015-16 about the Bar regulator.

BSB publishes new figures showing success rates for student barristers

05 May 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a new edition of its statistical information on student performance on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).

Anupama Thompson appointed as a new board member to the Bar Standards Board

04 May 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced Anupama Thompson has been appointed as a board member, with effect from 1 May 2016.

Barrister Dominic Brazil suspended from practice for 14 months

25 April 2016

Barrister Dominic Brazil was suspended from practice for 14 months by an independent disciplinary tribunal on 20 April.

Bar regulator launches survey on the Licensed Access Scheme

22 April 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today launched a survey for professionals who instruct barristers using the Licensed Access Scheme and for barristers receiving those instructions.

Barristers predict an increase in public access work

19 April 2016

Public access barristers are expecting the volume of work obtained directly from clients to increase over the next few years according to a survey undertaken jointly by the Bar Standards Board and the Legal Services Board. 

Constance Briscoe disbarred for charges relating to perverting the course of justice

15 April 2016

Barrister Constance Briscoe was today ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal, following her criminal conviction on three counts of committing acts with intent to pervert the course of public justice.

More flexible CPD for barristers to start from January 2017, says Bar regulator

14 April 2016

A new CPD regime for barristers on the Established Practitioner Programme will be in place from January 2017.

Criminal barrister Desmond Rosario disbarred, following conviction for sexual assault

13 April 2016

Criminal barrister Desmond David Luke Rosario from Leicester was ordered to be disbarred yesterday by an independent disciplinary tribunal, following a criminal conviction for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in October 2013.

Risk-based approach to regulating the Bar: the regulator publishes its Framework, Index and Outlook

05 April 2016

The BSB is today publishing three documents about its approach to risk-based regulation: the Risk Frameworkdescribes the BSB's general approach to identifying and managing risks in the legal system; the Risk Indexcategorises those risks; and the Risk Outlookprioritises three risk themes which we think should be the current focus of our regulatory attention.

Bar regulator holds cross-cultural communication event, publishes report

01 April 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has published a report today about its cross-cultural communication symposium, which it held in mid-January.

Bar regulator receives approval to license Alternative Business Structures

30 March 2016

The Bar Standards Board's (BSB) application to become a licensing authority for alternative business structures (ABS) has been approved by the Legal Services Board (LSB).

Forensic Accounting: Launch of a new, online course for pupils and new practitioners

29 March 2016

In 2015, the BSB authorised BPP Professional Education to deliver an online Forensic Accounting course to pupils and new practitioners following a review of the face-to-face two day mandatory course.

Bar regulator unveils new three-year Strategic Plan for 2016-19

22 March 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its new Strategic Plan for 2016-19 and its Business Plan for 2016-17.

Bar regulator launches consultation on the Professional Statement threshold standard and competences, seeks input from all

14 March 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today launched its consultation on the Professional Statement threshold standard and competences.

New York attorney Soma Sengupta disbarred for charges, including dishonesty

11 March 2016

New York lawyer Soma Sengupta, who was Called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2008, has been ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal. 

Bar regulator announces changes to the Bar Course Aptitude Test for 2016 and 2017

09 March 2016

Further to the BSB's last announcement in December 2015

Chair and members of Independent Appointments Panel needed

04 March 2016

The Bar Standards Board, the regulatory body for barristers in England and Wales, is seeking at least three lay people for its Independent Appointments Panel, one of whom to serve as the Chair.

Bar regulator announces changes to the Professional Ethics exam in the BPTC from 2017

02 March 2016

There will be a change to the format of the Professional Ethics examination for the BPTC from 2017, the BSB has announced today.

BSB publishes report on diversity within its complaints-handling system

24 February 2016

Monitoring complaints against barristers to make sure disciplinary processes are carried out in a fair and unbiased manner has always been a priority for the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

BSB publishes its response to the CMA legal services market study’s statement of scope

05 February 2016

The BSB is pleased to make public its response to the Competition and Market Authority’s (CMA’s) “Statement of Scope” for its legal services market study.

The Bar regulator publishes responses to the Future Bar Training consultation

01 February 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) published today the summary of initial responses it received to its consultation launched in the summer of 2015 on the academic, vocational and pupillage requirements to become qualified as a barrister.

Bar regulator publishes report on diversity at the Bar

29 January 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its annual report for 2015 on the diversity of the profession.

Jean Etienne Attala disbarred, following persistent dishonesty

22 January 2016

Jean Etienne Attala has been ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal today, following the BSB finding that he acted dishonestly and did not report serious misconduct to his regulator.

Bar regulator seeks views on its DRAFT 2016-19 Strategic Plan

22 January 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has published a draft version of its new Strategic Plan today and is seeking feedback about the strategic priorities that it has identified.

Bar regulator seeks women’s experiences at the Bar, launches survey

12 January 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has launched a survey today to better understand women's experiences of the equality rules of the BSB Handbook.

Naomi Ellenbogen QC appointed as new Vice-Chair of the Bar Standards Board

04 January 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced that Naomi Ellenbogen QC has been appointed its new Vice-Chair with effect from 1 January 2016. Naomi will take over from Patricia Robertson QC who stood down from her role at the independent regulator of barristers at the end of 2015.

BSB and LSB launch new survey on the operation of the Public Access scheme for barristers to complete

23 December 2015

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) and Legal Services Board (LSB) are conducting research in order to gain an in-depth understanding of the operation of the Public Access scheme. 

Richard Michael Hayes disbarred following a criminal conviction for fraud

18 December 2015

Unregistered barrister Richard Michael Hayes has been ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal, following the Bar regulator's investigation relating to his criminal conviction for fraudulently representing clients when he was not authorised to do so.

Are you keen to make a contribution to the regulation of barristers?

14 December 2015

Barrister members for the Professional Conduct Committee. Barrister members for the Qualifications Committee.

Are you keen to help shape the future of education and training for barristers?

14 December 2015

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

BSB Opening hours over the 2015-16 festive period

14 December 2015

The Bar Standards Board's offices will be closed from 12pm on Wednesday 23 December 2015 until Monday 4 January 2016 when they will reopen.

Bar regulator announces consultations on the cost of regulatory activities, including ABSs

10 December 2015

The fees and charges for a number of regulatory activities and Alternative Business Structures (ABSs) are the focus of two separate consultations the regulator has launched today.

Andrew Veen suspended following Bar regulator’s investigation into misconduct

04 December 2015

Barrister suspended for a total of 18 months for accepting instructions without a practising certificate, not supplying client care letters as a public access barrister and for his conduct relating to his bankruptcy.

Bar regulator announces important developments in the 2016 Bar Professional Training Course

01 December 2015

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has three announcements to make about the BPTC today. First, today the regulator is publishing statistics about students and providers of the BPTC. Second, there will be changes to the formats of the centralised assessments. Third, the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT), which is an entry requirement, will be deferred until at least March 2016, pending completion of a review.

BSB responds to today's Government proposal on opening legal services market

30 November 2015

BSB Director-General Dr Vanessa Davies said, "We note this morning's government announcement about a consultation on full separation of legal regulators and the representative bodies, and on making access to ABSs easier. "We look forward to contributing to drawing up the consultation document, on the basis of our experience and expertise. T he Bar Standards Board welcomes a debate on the complete separation of the regulatory and representative functions. It could be in the public interest and could allow regulatory and representative bodies to be stronger in their respective roles."  

Bar Standards Board announces new governance structure

24 November 2015

The Bar Standards Board has adopted a new governance structure, which will be put in place over the coming months. 

Major new report highlights mixed advocacy standards in youth court proceedings

19 November 2015

A new, independent report commissioned by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and CILEx Regulation, and produced by the Institute for Criminal Policy Research (ICPR) at Birkbeck, University of London, has revealed variable advocacy standards amongst lawyers acting in youth court proceedings.

Martin Wynne Jones suspended for failing to take reasonable steps to manage his practice as a barrister

12 November 2015

An independent disciplinary tribunal has ordered that Mr Martin Wynne Jones be suspended from practising as a barrister for a period of three months.

Bahamas based barrister to be disbarred for falsely claiming he had been awarded a law degree and forging certificates

05 November 2015

An independent disciplinary tribunal has ordered the disbarment from the Bar of England and Wales of Bahamas based barrister, Mr Shavon Bethel.

Barrister to be disbarred for failing to disclose criminal convictions prior to being Called to the Bar

30 October 2015

An independent disciplinary tribunal earlier this week ordered the disbarment of barrister, Mr Martin Christie.

High Impact chambers enthusiastically engage with regulator to assess risk, says new report

23 October 2015

170 barristers' chambers rated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) as "high impact" have embraced the opportunity to tell the regulator how they operate.  The results have been collated in a new report published today.

John Alexander Nwenu Iteshi to be disbarred for instigating vexatious Employment Tribunal claims

22 October 2015

Unregistered barrister John Alexander Nwenu Iteshi was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal on Friday, 16 October, following the Bar's regulator taking action against him for professional misconduct.

Painting a picture of the newly qualified barrister: Regulator sets out ‘Professional Statement’

21 October 2015

The barristers' regulator has published a Professional Statement today which describes the knowledge, skills and attributes that a newly qualified barrister should have when issued with a Full Practising Certificate.

The BSB is recruiting a new Vice Chair

19 October 2015

The BSB is recruiting a new Vice Chair for 2016.

Bar regulator wants to remove restrictions on employed barristers, seeking views

13 October 2015

The regulator is seeking to broaden the definition of employment for barristers working in-house for organisations that are not authorised law firms, in a new consultation launched today.

Stephen Supple suspended for mishandling client monies and not cooperating with the regulator

08 October 2015

A disciplinary tribunal ordered a three-month suspension of barrister Stephen Supple on Friday, 2 October. The Tribunal found that Mr Supple, acting under a Power of Attorney, had mishandled his client's monies, and failed to cooperate with the Legal Ombudsman and the Bar Standards Board in complaints made against him. Mr Supple was instructed directly by the client, under the public access rules.

BSB Chair Sir Andrew Burns sets his vision for the future of the Bar regulator

05 October 2015

In his first keynote speech as Chair of the Bar Standards Board (BSB), Sir Andrew Burns urged barristers and key stakeholders to engage with the regulator on the future direction of Bar regulation at a networking function tonight at Lincoln's Inn.

Regulators issue consultation on minor changes to QASA

01 October 2015

Legal regulators Bar Standards Board (BSB), Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and CILEx Regulation, the three also known as the Joint Advocacy Group (JAG), are preparing for the implementation of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) by launching a new consultation today. 

QC to be disbarred following “cheating the public revenue” conviction

30 September 2015

A disciplinary tribunal ordered the disbarment of Rohan Pershad QC yesterday. This was following the BSB taking enforcement action in relation to his conviction for cheating the public revenue in February 2013, when he was sentenced to 42 months' imprisonment. 

Independent review shows Bar regulator’s complaints handling process is operating well

25 September 2015

The Bar Standards Board's complaints handling process is working well, according to a new report published today by the regulator's Independent Observer.

BSB statement on public access top-up training deadline

24 September 2015

An update about Public Access Top-Up Training: Due to last minute demand the deadline has been extended to 4 November

New board members for the Bar Standards Board, the regulator is proud to announce

02 September 2015

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced the appointment of three new board members. The new board members are: Judith Farbey QC; Naomi Ellenbogen QC; and Aidan Christie QC.

The BSB publishes Annual Report for 2014-15

31 July 2015

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has now published its 2014-2015 Annual Report which outlines the significant progress it has made towards its strategic aims.

Disbarments now the most common outcome at Disciplinary Tribunal hearings

24 July 2015

For the first time, disbarment was the most common sanction imposed by Tribunal panels with 13 barristers being disbarred in 2014-15, according to the BSB's Enforcement Annual Report published today.

Regulator consults on what could be the most sweeping reforms to Bar training in a generation; keen to seek views from all

10 July 2015

Future barristers may be able to achieve their career aspirations by a number of different, more flexible pathways if some of the approaches being considered by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) are implemented.

Bar regulator consults on reforms to the disciplinary tribunal system

07 July 2015

In an open consultation, launched today, the bar regulator is seeking views on proposals to reform the disciplinary tribunal system.

Bar Tribunal arrangements nearing completion

26 June 2015

The first quarterly report for 2015 into the implementation of the 77 required recommendations contained in Browne Review shows that more than 90% of actions have been completed.

BSB statement on the QASA Supreme Court judgment

24 June 2015

BSB statement on today’s QASA Supreme Court judgment

Immigration barrister Michael Wainwright has been disbarred, confirms bar regulator

24 June 2015

Acting dishonestly towards a client has led to former immigration barrister Michael William Wainwright being disbarred with effect from today. This follows a finding by the Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service (BTAS) that Mr Wainwright’s conduct lead to the client’s mother-in-law being deported.

Barristers best placed to chart their own CPD course, says Bar regulator

03 June 2015

Members of the Bar should be encouraged to take ownership of their own professional learning and development, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has said. 

Regulator seeks new powers

11 May 2015

The BSB has said that it needs new statutory powers to step into barristers' failing chambers, companies and partnerships properly to protect the interests of clients where something has gone seriously wrong.

New demographic statistics published

27 April 2015

The barristers' regulator, the Bar Standards Board (BSB), has today published a new set of statistical data on the demographics of the Bar. The BSB hopes the new resource will help those who want to find out more about the profession.

“Professional Statement” could be the key to unlocking flexible routes to the Bar, says regulator

15 April 2015

Using a Professional Statement to define what a newly authorised barrister should be able to do from "day one" - the point of being issued a full practising certificate - could be the key to making qualification routes to the Bar more flexible and innovative, the BSB has said.

New legal services businesses now being authorised by regulator

08 April 2015

The BSB has approved 15 new businesses as it begins authorising BSB-regulated entities - companies or partnerships that provide advocacy, litigation, and expert legal advice services. 

BSB publishes its 2015/16 Business Plan and announces review of regulation of immigration advice and services

01 April 2015

BSB publishes its 2015/16 Business Plan and announces review of regulation of immigration advice and services

Barristers: interested in becoming a BSB member?

29 March 2015

The BSB seeks to appoint two barrister members

Regulator confirms minimum insurance terms for entities

24 March 2015

The BSB has published the minimum terms of the professional indemnity insurance that it expects BSB-regulated businesses ("entities") to have in place.

Non-practising barrister convicted of assault and fraud ordered to be disbarred from the profession

24 March 2015

An independent public disciplinary tribunal has ordered the disbarment of a barrister who had previous criminal convictions for fraud; a string of assault-related offences, including assaulting two police officers; and using threatening words and behaviour.

Barristers’ regulator asks QCA to consider QC re-accreditation

23 March 2015

The barristers' regulator, the Bar Standards Board (BSB), has formally asked that Queen's Counsel Appointments (QCA) considers developing a system of re-accrediting criminal silks. 

Barrister to be disbarred for causing “serious harm to the administration of justice”

23 February 2015

A disciplinary tribunal has ordered the disbarment of a barrister for causing "serious harm to the administration of justice".

Put barristers back in charge of pupillage, says bar training regulator

20 February 2015

Chambers and employers should be put back in charge of designing the pupillage experience for aspiring barristers, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has said.

The BSB responds to the Supreme Court’s February 2015 decision on QASA

13 February 2015

The BSB responds to the Supreme Court's decision on QASA

Regulator tidies up complaint handling powers

12 February 2015

The BSB wants to tidy up the regulations in relation to complaint handling by removing the power of its Professional Conduct Committee to take "No Further Action" decisions.

BSB statement on February 2015 position on QASA

03 February 2015

BSB statement on latest position on QASA

Authorisation to Practise process now open

02 February 2015

The annual Authorisation to Practise process has now opened, featuring a new method for calculating a barristers' Practising Certificate Fee (PCF).

BSB statement on McCarthy vs. the Visitors to the Inns of Court and the Bar Standards Board

21 January 2015

BSB statement on McCarthy vs. the Visitors to the Inns of Court and the Bar Standards Board

Real appetite for change at the Bar as BSB sees rush of prospective entities in its first week of accepting applications

13 January 2015

The BSB sees rush of prospective entities in its first week of accepting applications

Bar Standards Board statement on BARSAS application system

12 January 2015

Bar Standards Board statement on BARSAS application system

A new era for the Bar beckons as barristers can now apply to set up new business models without changing regulators

05 January 2015

The Bar Standards Board is accepting applications from those wishing to set up BSB-regulated businesses ("entities").

Independent panel decides not to suspend Birmingham based barrister Tariq Rehman on an interim basis - but imposes restrictions on him taking on new public access cases

22 December 2014

An independent interim suspension panel, run by The Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service (BTAS), today decided not to suspend Birmingham based barrister Tariq Rehman, following concerns about his professional conduct.

BSB Opening hours over the 2014-15 festive period

17 December 2014

BSB Opening hours over the 2014-15 festive period

Bar Standards Board to work with CILEx Law School on in-house training

11 December 2014

The BSB is to introduce new training in the English Legal System for its support staff.

Barrister to be disbarred for misleading client about status of immigration documents

04 December 2014

An independent public disciplinary tribunal has ordered the disbarment of a barrister after it emerged that he had lied to his client about submitting to the UK Border Agency an application for discretionary leave to remain in the UK.

Legal Aid Agency publishes timetable for 2015 tender process – prospective BSB authorised entities urged to get in touch

03 December 2014

Any prospective barrister-based business entity planning to seek Bar Standards Board (BSB) authorisation and wishing to tender for the 2015 Legal Aid Agency's (LAA's) contracts, is urged to apply early for BSB entity regulation.

LSB approves BSB’s application to regulate entities

02 December 2014

The BSB is pleased to confirm that its application to the Legal Services Board to become a regulator of entities has been approved. 

Barrister ordered to be disbarred after second disciplinary hearing

02 December 2014

A barrister who successfully appealed the decision of a previous public disciplinary tribunal was yesterday ordered by a new tribunal panel to be disbarred. 

Implementation of Bar Tribunal arrangements “progressing well”

28 November 2014

A Bar Standards Board (BSB) annual report into the arrangements relating to the operation of the independent Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service (BTAS) has found no significant issues to report and improvements in the service being sustained.