30 May 2013

Supervision consultation deadline extended

The Bar Standards Board has extended by two weeks the deadline for submissions to the current consultation on the way sets of chambers and barristers are supervised so as to maximise the breadth of responses and enquiries received.

The consultation, which will now close on 14 June 2013, sets out a new risk-based approach to supervision, designed to target resources at chambers and entities that are most likely to encounter problems in meeting their regulatory obligations.

Head of Quality at the Bar Standards Board, Oliver Hanmer, said: "We know that the vast majority of chambers are well-run, provide a high level of service and do not need close monitoring. For the few that do, this new approach is designed to be more supportive in helping them to identify and address issues without needing to resort to enforcement action."

It is hoped that this new approach will help foster positive relationships with chambers and reserve enforcement action for only the most serious or persistent cases of non-compliance.

Barristers can take part in the consultation via our website.

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Notes to editors

The BSB's 'Risk Assessment Supervision' consultation was launched on 26th February 2013.

In particular the BSB would like comments on:
• How the BSB plans to gather evidence to determine which chambers or entities are higher risk.
• What the BSB should look for in terms of good practice measures that could reduce risk.
• When and how supervision should be used as an alternative to enforcement action.

Response forms for the consultation are available alongside the consultation. Please email completed forms to sissop@barstandardsboard.org.uk. Alternatively, hard copies can be sent to: Sarah Issop at Bar Standards Board, 289-293 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7HZ

Contact: the Bar Standards Board Press Office on 02076111392.