06 February 2016

Fitness to practise

This page provides information for barristers who are subject to Fitness to practise proceedings and those that are involved or interested in the Fitness to practise processes.


Fitness to practise proceedings are governed by the Fitness to Practise Regulations which you can find at Part 5, Section E of the BSB Handbook.

These proceedings are confined to determining whether a barrister's fitness to practise is impaired as a result of their health and, if so, whether any restrictions on practice should be imposed.

We have produced guidance on our Fitness to Practise Regulations for the benefit of barristers and BSB authorised individuals, their representatives and members of any Fitness to Practise Panel or Appeal Panel established under the Fitness to Practise Regulations. 

The guidance is not exhaustive and will be reviewed from time to time in light of experience and any relevant case law.

If you require a hard copy please phone the Bar Standards Board switchboard on 020 7611 1444 and ask to be put through to Professional Conduct Department.