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“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.