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Unregistered Barrister Azfar Naseem Bajwa ordered to be disbarred

23 September 2019

Unregistered barrister Azfar Naseem Bajwa, called to the Bar of England and Wales by Gray’s Inn in July 1996, was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held on 19 September 2019, following charges of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

BSB seeks panel for paid legal representation for tribunals and other hearings

16 September 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is seeking applications from chambers or other authorised organisations specialising in regulatory and disciplinary law for our new Tribunal Representation Panel (TRP), which will start operating from 1 January 2020. Those appointed to the TRP will be responsible for providing counsel to represent the BSB at the Bar’s independent disciplinary tribunals and at a range of other hearings associated with our enforcement processes.

Possible changes to pupillage recruitment and advertising

05 September 2019

We recently launched a targeted engagement programme to seek views on two proposals: mandating the use of the Pupillage Gateway timetable for pupillage recruitment (but not the use of the Gateway itself), and mandating written agreements between pupils and their Chambers or other Authorised Education and Training Organisation (AETO). We would like to thank everyone who took the time to respond. We proposed that these requirements would be introduced as conditions of AETO authorisation in November 2019, but we have now decided that, if these proposals are adopted, more time would be needed for implementation. We will announce the outcome of the engagement programme and any dates by which implementation would be required in due course.

BSB introduces new rules to remove restrictions on reporting barristers’ sexual orientation, religion and belief data

02 September 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published new rules that remove restrictions on the reporting by the profession of sexual orientation, religion and belief data.

BSB appoints members of its new Independent Decision-making Body (IDB)

02 September 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has appointed the members of its new Independent Decision-making Body (IDB) which will begin its work on 15 October.

BSB publishes its Annual Report for 2018-19

30 July 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its latest annual report summarising its achievements during the 2018-19 business year.

Barrister Henry Hendron ordered to be suspended from practice

26 July 2019

Barrister, Henry Hendron, has been ordered to be suspended by an independent disciplinary tribunal following findings of professional misconduct on charges brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

External examiner vacancies

22 July 2019

BSB External examiner vacancies

BSB updates policy on the publication of disciplinary findings against barristers

19 July 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) last night decided to update its policy on the publication of disciplinary findings for professional misconduct. The policy will in future extend to all avenues by which the BSB puts disciplinary findings into the public domain and the lengths of time for which such findings are made publicly available have also been revised. 

BSB appoints new members to its Advisory Pool of Experts (APEX)

17 July 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has appointed five new members to its Advisory Pool of Experts (APEX).