Every year, we publish an annual Business Plan to outline in more detail which activities we will undertake and when.

This Plan was finalised in late March, just as the government’s measures to tackle the Coronavirus pandemic were being introduced across the country. At the timing of writing this foreword, it is not yet clear what the impact of these measures will be on our planned programme of work for the 2020-21 year. As a result, the activities outlined in this Plan are subject to change and we may need to publish a revised Plan in the weeks and months ahead.

This is the second year of our 2019-22 Strategic Plan. This explains that our focus over this period is to ensure that our recent policy initiatives, such as our reforms to the rules governing Bar training and to our disciplinary and enforcement processes, are successfully implemented and consolidated.

This Business Plan lists the specific activities that, subject to review in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, we will undertake during 2020-21 against each of our strategic aims. As in 2019-20, our work in 2020-21 will focus much of our energy and resources on our core regulatory activities.

These day-to-day activities, which we undertake as the regulator of the Bar, are set out in this document. We also outline the policy development work which we plan to undertake during the year. These plans are again subject to change as a result of other priorities arising due to the response to the Coronavirus pandemic and our capacity.

All our work is undertaken in the public interest and we remain committed to providing value-for-money to the profession which funds us in what we do. Our budget for 2020-21 is £6,361k. In addition, we contribute £4,046k to the common services (such as IT, HR and Finance) which we share with the Bar Council. There is more information about our planned income and expenditure in this Plan.