We decide what to do with complaints by weighing up what
evidence there is and how serious the issue is. If you disagree
with our assessment, you do not have a right to appeal. We can look
again at the decision if you have new evidence or where there is
another good reason to. This might be, for example, where
staff or members of the Professional Conduct Committee made a
mistake and didn't look properly at existing evidence or parts of
the complaint. We cannot look again at the decision just because
you disagree with it.
If you think you have any new evidence relating to your
complaint or another good reason for us to look at the decision
again you should let us know in writing, either by email or by
letter. You should send it to the case officer who was, or is,
responsible for handling your complaint. The officer's name
will be at the bottom of the letters you received from us. If
you are not sure who to address your email or letter to, then send
the email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or
a letter to the Professional Conduct Department at the BSB
If you are not happy with the outcome of the
Disciplinary Tribunal you cannot appeal the decision or the
sentence imposed. However, we can if we can show that the
It is quite rare that we have grounds to make an
appeal and we cannot appeal just because we disagree with the
You do have the right to ask for it to be looked
at under Judicial Review. This is a complicated procedure - get
legal advice before deciding whether to go down this route.
Please note that neither the Chair nor the
Director General of the Bar Standards Board have any powers to
overturn decisions taken in relation to individual complaints.
If you would like to make a complaint about how we have handled
the complaint about you or any action by our staff, you should use
our service complaints procedure.
You can make a complaint about any aspect of our service.
See Complaints about our staff for details of how to use
our complaints procedure.
The information in these pages applies
to barristers, and other people we regulate, in England and
The law that regulates barristers and lawyers is
complicated. We have simplified things to give you an idea of how
it applies to your situation. Please don't rely on these pages as a
complete statement of the law.
The quotes and cases we refer to are
not always real but show a typical situation. We hope they help you
to understand the system better and think about what might happen
to the complaint.