16 October 2013

BSB statement on Leathley, Mehey, Hayes v Visitors to the Inns of Court

A Bar Standards Board spokesperson said:

"The administrative court has today handed down judgment in Leathley, Mehey, Hayes v Visitors to the Inns of Court: three judicial review applications which raised issues arising from the various anomalies revealed in 2011 in relation to the Council of the Inns of Courts' panel member appointment processes. We are pleased that the court found all but two of the specific challenges made by the Claimants to be totally without merit and refused the applications on the two issues it considered were arguable. The judgment confirms the Bar Standard's Board's original view: that most of the historic anomalies, while a matter of great concern to us, did not affect the validity of the findings made in the cases that were potentially affected.

"The Bar Standards Board has noted the comments by Lord Justice Moses on the Disciplinary Tribunal Regulations and we will be considering the points raised. We will, by the end of the year, have issued a report setting out the progress made in improving the system a year after the Browne Review and its 82 recommendations."


Notes to editor

The judgment is available here.

The Council of the Inns of Court (COIC) is an independent body - separate to the BSB - which is responsible for appointing the Disciplinary Tribunal panels who adjudicate on disciplinary charges brought by the BSB for professional misconduct. Since February 2013, this function has been performed under COIC's auspices by the Bar Tribunal and Adjudication Service (BTAS)

Contact: the Bar Standards Board Press Office on 0207 611 1452.