21 April 2015

Our committees

Our Board runs its work through several committees.


We appoint a Recruitment Panel to oversee the selection of new members of our committees on an annual basis. The Recruitment Panel is responsible for:

  • appointing a selection panel for each committee where there is a vacancy
  • ensuring that each selection panel consists of two members of the recruitment panel, preferably being a lay member and a practising barrister member of the BSB and a person accredited by Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments, or an independent person with similar skills and experience in good recruitment procedures
  • considering the recommendations of each selection panel before deciding on an appointment

We advertise for new committee members at least once a year, all vacancies will be advertised on our website - Bar Standards Board jobs

The committees

Education and Training - Responsible for setting the standards of education and training that people must reach before being able to practise as barristers, together with the further training requirements that barristers must comply with throughout their careers

Equality  and Diversity  - Responsible for ensuring that the BSB's functions have given due consideration to eliminating discrimination and promoting equality

Governance, Risk and Audit - Responsible for ensuring the maintenance of good governance standards and internal control processes

Planning, Resources and Performance - Responsible for work relating to development of strategic direction, resources allocation and performance monitoring

Professional Conduct Committee - Responsible for investigating complaints and taking enforcement action against barristers who have breached the Code of Conduct

Qualifications - Responsible for looking at individual applications from people wishing to become barristers but who may be exempted from the normal training requirements
Standards - Responsible for the Code of Conduct which all barristers must comply with and issuing guidance on good practice.

Supervision - Responsible for considering policy on matters relating to supervision of barristers, chambers and entities.