21 August 2017

Obligations to report serious misconduct

This guidance is for barristers and other people we regulate.

 

What do I do if I have committed serious misconduct?


If you are a BSB Regulated Person, you must tell us promptly if you have committed serious misconduct, as explained in rule C65 of the  BSB Handbook.

 

What do I do if I have reasonable grounds to believe that another BSB Regulated Person has committed serious misconduct?


If you are a BSB Regulated Person and you have knowledge and/or information which gives you reasonable grounds to believe that another BSB Regulated Person has committed serious misconduct, then you must report this to us promptly, as explained in rule C66 of the  BSB Handbook.

If your report is about someone else, you may also find it helpful to read  this Guidance.

 

What next steps should I take?


Please complete this form, and send it to us along with any evidence you have to support the report.

Examples of evidence could be:

  • Providing us with a Certificate of Conviction.
  • Providing us with an informal statement explaining the reasons for the report.
  • Copies of judgments, orders or transcripts.

The above are examples which will help us consider the report. If you think anything else you have may be relevant then please send it to us.

You can send the form to us in the following ways:

  • by emailassessmentcomplaints@barstandardsboard.org.uk; or
  • by post: Assessment Team, Professional Conduct Department, Bar Standards Board, 289-293 High Holborn, London WC1V 7HZ; or
  • by DX:Assessment Team, Professional Conduct Department, Bar Standards Board,DX 240 LDE;or
  • by fax: 020 7831 9217, addressing the fax to the Assessment Team, Professional Conduct Department, Bar Standards Board.

 

What if I have any questions or concerns?


If you would like to speak to a member of the Assessment Team about making a report, or if you have any access requirements, you can contact us on 020 7611 1444 and ask to speak to someone in our Assessment Team.