In this section of our website, we provide an overview of how we
undertake our work as the regulator of barristers, their
professional practice and specialised legal services businesses in
England and Wales.
This information is for anyone wanting to find out more about
our work. It contains information about our strategy and the way in
which we identify risks to our regulatory objectives (see our 'What we do'
section) in order to prioritise our work.
This section of the website also contains information about our
governance structures, including information about our Board.
Our 2016-19 strategy sets out the way in which we will regulate
during those three years. It also sets out how we will respond to
potential proposals for change in the regulatory landscape and its
underpinning legislation. Our work over this time period is
organised into three programmes:
You can read more about our strategy and more detailed
information about our planned activities during the 2016-2017
business year, here.
Our Strategic Plan is designed to be read in conjunction with
our explanation of how we take a risk-based approach to
Risk-based regulation means that we are constantly monitoring
the market for barristers' and advocacy services. We identify all
of the potential risks that could prevent the Regulatory Objectives
from being met. When we have done this, we focus our attention as
the regulator on the risks that we think pose the biggest threats
to the public interest.
We then take action to try and prevent those risks from
occurring, or to reduce their impact.
You can read more about our risk-based approach to regulation
and find out about the risk areas that we are going to be focusing
most of our attention on during the early years of our strategy, here.
We have robust governance in place to oversee our work, led by
our Board. The Bar Standards Board is made up of 15 people, a
combination of lay people (non-barristers) and barristers. It has a
You can read more about our governance, our Board, our
Independent Observer, our work with other legal regulators and our