03 August 2015

Disciplinary tribunals and findings

Following our investigation of a complaint, we may decide to formally refer it to a disciplinary tribunal for consideration.

Disciplinary tribunals are arranged by an independent organisation called the Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service (BTAS). It appoints the members of disciplinary tribunals and arranges the hearings.

Tribunal panels are made up of barristers, people who are not from the legal profession (lay people), and sometimes judges. All panels will include at least one lay person.

There are two types of Disciplinary Tribunal: three-person panels and five-person panels. We will decide which type of panel is most suitable to hear a case, depending on the seriousness of the potential breach of the BSB Handbook. Both types of panel follow the same process, but the sentencing powers are slightly different.


Forthcoming hearings

Disciplinary findings

Determination by Consent Procedure

Charges not upheld

Appeals against decisions of disciplinary tribunals