20 January 2018

Medium impact supervision returns: what happens next?

In April 2014, all chambers were asked to complete an Impact Audit Survey. This survey sought to measure the potential impact of a range of risks should they materialise at a chambers. Based on the answers given to the Impact Audit Survey, each chambers was grouped into one of three categories: Low Impact, Medium Impact and High Impact.

If you were assessed as Medium Impact last April, you will shortly be hearing from the Supervision Team at the BSB. All Medium Impact chambers will be asked to complete a supervision return which will assess them as Low, Medium or High risk. The supervision return will be asking a series of open questions about how chambers are administered and regulatory compliance is achieved. Essentially, this is an opportunity for chambers to explain how effectively potential risks are being managed, to help the BSB determine the likelihood of these risks actually materialising and to establish the level of supervision and support that chambers might need.

Chambers that are seen to be managing risks effectively - categorised as Low Risk - will largely be left to "get on with it" and receive relatively little supervision attention. This will leave the BSB free to work with those chambers that seem to be managing risk less effectively - categorised as Medium or High Risk - to address these issues without needing to resort to enforcement action.

If you have any further questions, feel free to get in contact with us: supervision@barstandardsboard.org.uk.

If you'd like to find out more about the role which Supervision plays at the BSB, please consult the Supervision pages of our website.