16 October 2018

Professional Conduct Committee

The Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) has a mix of of lay (non-barrister) and barrister members including a Chair, two barrister Vice-Chairs and two lay Vice Chairs.  The PCC is divided into two teams and meets once every three weeks to consider individual cases referred to it by the Professional Conduct Department (PCD). 

The PCC makes decisions about complaints regarding the conduct of barristers.  Where a barrister has breached the BSB Handbook, the PCC can refer the complaint to disciplinary action (e.g. a disciplinary tribunal) or impose a warning or fine.  The PCC can also dismiss cases due to lack of evidence. 

Although the PCC has the overall decision-making responsibility for enforcement action, it would be impossible to operate the enforcement system effectively if all decisions had to be taken by the full Committee. Therefore, the PCC authorises staff in the PCD and Committee members to take decision on complaints outside full PCC meetings.

Terms of reference

Membership

Members' Interests (Professional Conduct Committee)