Our Advisory Pool of Experts (APEX) is a pool of external and independent subject matter experts who may be called upon to provide advice in an area in which expertise is lacking internally or where an in-depth or more independent view will be helpful. Find out who is on APEX here.

All policy development is undertaken by our executive staff, and directly overseen by the Board itself. Alongside this, a focus on consumer and stakeholder views encourages us to adopt a wider participation and consultation process, which includes gaining expertise from a wider pool of people and backgrounds.

All decisions on authorisations to practise or waivers from requirements of the Handbook are taken by our staff, and they are able to seek advice from one of our appointed experts when that is needed.

Experts either give advice to staff working on development of policy, or to those taking decisions on authorisations and waivers. They will not usually give advice in another area. For example, an expert appointed to give advice to staff working on policy development would not usually be called upon to give advice to staff taking decisions on authorisations and waivers.

Please see the list of members, their areas of expertise and brief biographical information.

Lay members to advise staff working on policy development have been appointed in the areas of:

  • Competition and Economics
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Higher Education
  • Insurance
  • Regulatory Policy and Theory
  • Regulatory Risk
  • Statistics

Barrister members to advise staff working on policy development have been appointed in the areas of:

  • Competition Law
  • Equality and Diversity Law
  • Information Law and Data Protection
  • Regulatory Law

Staff taking regulatory decisions on authorisations and for the approval of exemptions and waivers from bar training requirements can seek advice from experts in the teaching of Foundation of Law subjects on the comparability of overseas qualifications and or experience to UK honours degree standard, EU law and Equality legislation.

Staff responsible for oversight of the new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) system can seek advice from an expert in CPD; that expert may also be asked to contribute to the development of further guidance and best practice in relation to CPD.