17 January 2018

Bar Standards Board starts spot-checking CPD record cards

22 May 2014

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has started conducting random spot-checks of barristers' CPD record cards to ensure that barristers are keeping their record cards up to date and undertaking their set number of CPD hours.

The BSB will contact those selected for spot-checking to ask for evidence of completion of their CPD hours and their record card. Examples of evidence could include:

  • Certificate of attendance;
  • Letter from University if taking or teaching a course; 
  • Test results if applicable; and 
  • Booking confirmation or other correspondence with course provider. 

Potentially, any practising barrister undertaking CPD through the Established Practitioner Programme could be contacted for spot-checking. Barristers who completed the final year of New Practitioners Programme in 2013 could also be contacted for spot-checking.

Barristers have been selected entirely at random or because they have a recent history (since 1 January 2012) of having had enforcement action taken against them for a breach of the rules.

Any barrister who has failed to undertake their required CPD hours will have failed to comply with the requirements and so will need to remedy this through corrective action. The BSB will keep a record of instances of non-compliance.

Those who fail to complete their outstanding hours may face enforcement action.

The BSB's Head of Supervision, Oliver Hanmer, said: "This is a key move towards smarter regulation of the Bar. It will save time and money, but will also protect the public more effectively by focussing on the minority of barristers not keeping their training up-to-date. Identifying those most likely not to complete their CPD, in conjunction with random sampling, is a smarter way of enforcing the rule."

For more information, please see our FAQs or email cpdrecords@barstandardsboard.org.uk.

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