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QASA Fourth Consultation published

26 March 2013

QASA fourth consultation report published

QASA fourth consultation report published

26 March 2013

Today's publication of the BSB report on the fourth QASA consultation  

BSB’s monitoring programme improves compliance, shows new report

15 March 2013

BSB's monitoring programme improves compliance, shows new report

Legal Services Board draft business plan response

08 March 2013

The Bar Standards Board today responded to the draft Legal Services Board business plan 2013-14.

Register and schedule your BCAT now

01 March 2013

Register and schedule your BCAT from March 1 2013

Practising Certificate renewal deadline is 31 March 2013

01 March 2013

practising certificate renewal deadline

‘Risk-Assessed' supervision consultation launched

26 February 2013

Barristers have the opportunity to influence how they are supervised by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) by taking part in a consultation exercise launched today.  The BSB is seeking feedback on a new approach to chambers and entities monitoring designed to target resources at those most likely to breach the Code of Conduct. Enforcement action would be reserved for the most serious or persistent cases.

Diversity Review of Complaints Processes

19 February 2013

The Bar Standards Board has commissioned an external agency to review its professional conduct complaints processes. The action was taken following an internal report which showed that Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) barristers were over represented in the complaints process.

New 'risk-based' approach to supervision approved

15 February 2013

The Bar Standards Board has approved a consultation on a new approach to the supervision of chambers and barristers.                

Changes to Public Access Training Announced

28 January 2013

Public access barrister training is to be overhauled under proposals announced by the Bar Standards Board. The proposed changes will enhance course content and introduce an element of formal assessment to make sure that barristers have the knowledge and skills required to undertake public access work. -ends-

Equality and Diversity podcast launched

23 January 2013

A new Equality and Diversity training podcast has been launched to help practitioners comply with their obligations under new Bar Standards Board Code of Conduct rules on Equality and Diversity.  

CPD Record Card deadline 31 January

11 January 2013

Avoid a fine and get your CPD record card in before the deadline on 31 January 2013, urges the Bar Standards Board today.

The BSB will be closed over Christmas and New Year

20 December 2012

closed over Christmas

New Board member for Bar Standards Board

19 December 2012

The Bar Standards Board is pleased to announce that Justine Davidge has been appointed to the Board. Ms Davidge takes up the position vacated by Patricia Robertson QC's appointment as Vice-Chair.

QASA update from JAG

14 December 2012

Following detailed consideration and analysis of the responses to the fourth consultation, the BSB, IPS and SRA, via the Joint Advocacy Group (JAG) have agreed on the next steps for introducing the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA).

CPD deadline – 31 December 2012

11 December 2012

All practitioners are required to return a signed record card (in hard copy or PDF) indicating the CPD hours that they have completed in 2012.

Equality and diversity rules spot check

03 December 2012

The BSB is undertaking a 'progress check' with a sample of 40 chambers to commence in February 2013 .

“Change is urgently needed” - Bar Standards Board warns the Council of the Inns of Court.

29 November 2012

The Bar Standards Board has outlined several points for improvement in a strongly worded response to the Council of the Inns of Court's (COIC) review of Disciplinary Tribunals and Hearings. COIC instigated a root and branch review of its tribunal's service last November

BSB and Bar Council publish second Bar Barometer report on the profession

13 November 2012

The Bar Standards Board (BSB), the regulator of barristers in England and Wales, and the  Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales have today published the second edition of Bar Barometer, an annual report on statistical trends within the Bar.

BPTC Online and Aptitude Test

05 November 2012

BPTC Online is now open for September 2013. Please note that for 2013 entry the Bar Council Aptitude Test (BCAT) will be a requirement, however this test will not be available until Spring 2013.

NEW STANDARD CONTRACTUAL TERMS TO TAKE EFFECT IN JANUARY 2013

09 October 2012

The Bar Standards Board (BSB), the regulatory body for barristers in England and Wales, has agreed that the new Standard Contractual Terms will now take effect on 31 January 2013.

New Standard Contractual Terms to take effect in January 2013

09 October 2012

The Bar Standards Board (BSB), the regulatory body for barristers in England and Wales, has agreed that the new Standard Contractual Terms will now take effect on 31 January 2013.

BSB Annual Report

03 October 2012

Annual report 2011-12

Patricia Robertson QC appointed as new BSB Vice-Chair from January 2013

13 September 2012

The Bar Standards Board (BSB), the regulatory body for barristers in England and Wales, today announces the appointment of Patricia Robertson QC as the new Vice Chair of the BSB. She will take up the position on 1 January 2013.

Patricia Robertson QC appointed as new BSB Vice-Chair from January 2013

13 September 2012

The Bar Standards Board (BSB), the regulatory body for barristers in England and Wales, today announces the appointment of Patricia Robertson QC as the new Vice Chair of the BSB. She will take up the position on 1 January 2013.

New Equality and Diversity Rules for barristers are now in force

03 September 2012

New Equality and Diversity rules for self-employed barristers are now in force.

New Equality and Diversity Rules for barristers are now in force

03 September 2012

New Equality and Diversity Rules for barristers are now in force

BSB WELCOMES PUBLICATION OF COIC TRIBUNAL REVIEW REPORT

27 July 2012

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has welcomed the publication of the Final Report of the COIC Disciplinary Tribunal and Hearings Review Group, chaired by Desmond Browne QC.

BSB welcomes publication of COIC tribunal review report

27 July 2012

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has welcomed the publication of the Final Report of the COIC Disciplinary Tribunal and Hearings Review Group, chaired by Desmond Browne QC. 

BSB Chair comments on strength of BSB’s performance as a competent and transparent regulator

17 July 2012

As a competent, transparent and public interest regulator, the Bar Standards Board continues to promote and uphold the highest regulatory standards.

QASA fourth consultation goes live

12 July 2012

The fourth and final consultation on the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (Crime) (QASA) goes live today, Thursday 12 July.

QASA fourth consultation

12 July 2012

The fourth and final consultation on the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (Crime) (QASA) goes live today, Thursday 12 July.

BSB's successful defence of challenge to validity of Disciplinary Tribunal composition

12 July 2012

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today successfully defended a challenge to the validity of the composition of a Disciplinary Tribunal in an appeal examining the preliminary issues of the re-appointment of Tribunal members by the Council of the Inns of Court (COIC).

New Equality and Diversity Rules for barristers approved

02 July 2012

The Bar Standards Board (BSB), the regulator of barristers in England and Wales, has incorporated new equality and diversity rules into its Code of Conduct, which will be effective from 1 September 2012.

New Equality and Diversity Rules for barristers approved

02 July 2012

The Bar Standards Board (BSB), the regulator of barristers in England and Wales, has incorporated new equality and diversity rules into its Code of Conduct.  

Bar Standards Board seeks views on Bar Transfer Test

22 June 2012

The Bar Standards Board has issued a consultation reviewing the Bar Transfer Test (BTT).

Code and entity roadshow: Midlands Circuit

18 June 2012

We have launched a consultation on a new Code of Conduct for barristers, which includes its proposals for regulating new types of business structure.

Legal Education and Training Review Symposium

31 May 2012

The Legal Education and Training Review Symposium takes place from the 10-11 July 2012 at The Lowry Hotel, Manchester.

BSB statement on QASA notification scheme

17 May 2012

The Bar Standards Board, the lead regulator for courtroom advocates in England and Wales, can confirm that barristers will not be required to comply with a notification process prior to the launch of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA).

Regulators agree to share more information

04 May 2012

Regulators from across the legal, accountancy, financial and property sectors have signed a formal agreement that will allow even greater sharing of information.

Code consultation: queries about insurance requirements

26 April 2012

Code consultation: queries about insurance requirements

Perceptions of criminal advocacy report

18 April 2012

We commissioned ORC International to conduct research into the frequency with which underperformance is encountered in the criminal courts.

Board approves new E&D Rules for LSB submission

02 April 2012

At its meeting on 22 March the Board approved new Equality and Diversity Rules and a timtable for implementation.

Update on QASA agreement

23 March 2012

Update on QASA agreement

Agreement reached on QASA

23 March 2012

Agreement on a joint scheme to assure the quality of criminal advocacy has been reached by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), Bar Standards Board (BSB) and ILEX Professional Standards (IPS).

Attend our handbook and entity regulation roadshows

20 March 2012

As part of the consultation process on the new handbook and entity regulation we will be hosting roadshows across England and Wales.

BSB acts to resolve effect of past reappointment procedures of Council of the Inns of Court panel members

15 March 2012

The Bar Standards Board today confirmed the timetable for assessing the impact of past reappointment procedures for Council of the Inns of Court tribunal members.

Discussion paper developed from Literature Review

13 March 2012

A major step will be taken in the delivery of the research-based segment of the Legal Education & Training Review (LETR) now that the a key discussion paper and headline findings from the draft Literature Review have been revealed.

Barrister Connect - update for barristers and chambers

12 March 2012

Barrister Connect - update for barristers and chambers

BSB Handbook and Entity Regulation consultation released

05 March 2012

We have launched a consultation on a new Code of Conduct for barristers, which includes proposals for regulating new types of business structure.