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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.