24 April 2018

Blog: Monthly message from our Chair Sir Andrew Burns KCMG on the Bar Conference

The thirtieth Annual Bar Conference and Young Bar Conference 2015 is fast approaching.  This year's theme is The Advocate: Our role in the balance between the state and the citizen.  What does this mean for our role as the regulator?

Well, the BSB regulates the profession in the public interest, so we have a significant role in ensuring the profession maintains the highest possible standards in accordance with the regulatory objectives of theLegal Services Act 2007andThe BSB Handbook, to protect the consumers of legal services. Putting consumers at the heart of what we do means this year's Conference theme is particularly relevant for us.           

I will be moderating a session from 11.00am to 12.30pm on some of the key requirements of the Handbook. This will include your duty to report serious misconduct by yourself or another barrister.  It will also be an opportunity for us to explain what is required by the equality and diversity rules and how chambers must comply. This won't be a "talk at you" session though, and there will be plenty of opportunity for you to share your experiences.  We are keen for you to share good practice with your colleagues.

I look forward to seeing you at the Conference on Saturday, 17 October at Westminster Park Plaza, London. Be sure to book your place here.