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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.