20 January 2018

Blog: Monthly message from our Chair Sir Andrew Burns KCMG

The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed that we recently made some changes to the home page of ourwebsitewith the addition of some images designed to draw attention to some of our key communication messages.

If you visit www.barstandardsboard.org.uk, you will notice that we are also currently conducting a user survey amongst visitors to our website. This is to help us identify whether or not our users would like us to make more substantive changes to the layout, navigation and content on the site. Our website is an essential part of the way in which we communicate our work to you and to the public at large. Getting a good response to this survey is therefore very important to us, so we offering a modest prize of £50 in Amazon vouchers to encourage participation.

If you have a couple of minutes, we would be most grateful if you could help by completing our website user survey. Thank you.

In this edition of Regulatory Update, you will find details about another survey that we ran recently. This was about thefuture delivery of legal services. Whist we remain keen to promote innovative ways for the Bar to provide its services to the public, it is pleasing to note that we can now demonstrate that independent research has concluded that the traditional chambers model is not a barrier to innovation.

Finally this month, and featured elsewhere in this issue of Regulatory Update, we explain our proposedchanges to our rules to require chambers to allow all self-employed barristers access to parental leave.

The proposed rule changes come as a result of the feedback that we received from our recent consultation about parental leave for self-employed barristers. We think this could help the Bar to retain those with parental responsibilities by making it easier for self-employed barristers to combine work and family life. This could help with efforts to encourage more gender diversity within the profession, especially at the senior end. I hope you agree.