Sometimes we have to make decisions about whether a barrister or other person we regulate is well enough to offer their services. If their ability to do their job is impaired as a result of their health (including an addiction to drugs or alcohol), we can stop them from working as a barrister or other person we regulate, or place certain restrictions on the work they do. We do this to protect the public.
Decisions about this are made by Fitness to Practise panels. These are made up of three barristers, a member of the public and a doctor.
If you have concerns about whether a barrister or another person we regulate is well enough to be offering their services, please report it to us using our Online Reporting Form.
The process we use to make decisions about somebody’s fitness to practise is explained in Part 5, Section D of the BSB Handbook.