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Bogus email purporting to come from the BSB

07 November 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has been made aware today of a bogus email purporting to come from the BSB and inviting the reader to click on a hyperlink for details of a supposed invoice.

BSB seeks barrister and lay members for its new Independent Decision-Making Body

02 November 2018

The BSB is seeking barrister and lay members for its new Independent Decision-Making Body.

Regulator agrees new Bar training rules

26 October 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) last night agreed a revised set of rules to govern the process by which prospective barristers will train and qualify in England and Wales. Subject to Legal Services Board (LSB) approval, the new rules will come into force in early 2019.

BSB seeks views on its strategic priorities for 2019-22

22 October 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today  published a consultation seeking views on its strategic priorities and aims for the next three-year period starting in April 2019, supported by updated analysis of the key risks facing the Bar.

BSB information for lawyers from the European Economic Area after Brexit

12 October 2018

The UK Government has today published the Services Technical Notice (TN). This includes a basic description of the arrangements for the regulation of legal services activities and those individuals and bodies who deliver them in the event of a "no-deal" Brexit.

New guidance for professional clients when instructing immigration barristers

11 October 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published guidance for professional clients of barristers and advisors regulated by the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) to provide them with useful information when instructing immigration barristers. 

BSB invites tenders for providers to deliver Public Access training

08 October 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is inviting tenders from training providers to become accredited to deliver Public Access training to barristers from January 2019 onwards.

BSB improves efficiency in complaint handling

28 September 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its Enforcement Report

BSB seeks up to two new barrister Board members

24 September 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has begun the process to recruit up to two new barrister Board members.

Barrister Michael Shrimpton ordered to be disbarred following criminal convictions.

20 September 2018

Barrister Michael Shrimpton was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held on 19 and 20 September 2018, following two charges brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

BSB seeks views on draft of new Bar transparency rules

13 September 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today launched a consultation to seek views about its proposed new rules to improve transparency standards for clients of the Bar. 

BSB welcomes Select Committee Report into sexual harassment

27 July 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today welcomed the report published earlier this week by the Women and Equalities Commons Select Committee.

BSB publishes its Annual Report for 2017-18

25 July 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its latest annual report summarising its achievements during the 2017-18 business year.

BSB seeks views on draft of new Bar training rules

19 July 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today launched a consultation to seek views as to whether their proposed new rules for the training and qualification of barristers provide the right framework to give effect to the new policies announced recently by the regulator as part of its Future Bar Training (FBT) programme.

Infrastructure maintenance on the 14th/15th of July

11 July 2018

As part of the continuous improvement to our security and infrastructure, we will be making a number of changes to our network this weekend.

Newly qualified barristers benefit from regular guidance by experienced practitioners but levels of support vary

06 July 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published research about the effectiveness of its rules that require newly qualified barristers with less than three years' standing to have readily available access to an experienced practitioner - a Qualified Person (QP) - for support and guidance.

BSB explains how it assures competence at the Bar

05 July 2018

Following its decision last year not to implement the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA), the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published more detail about how it assures the competence of barristers.

Barrister Mark William Smith ordered to be suspended for one month for failing to provide a competent standard of work to a client

05 July 2018

Barrister Mark William Smith has been ordered to be suspended from practice for one month by an independent disciplinary tribunal following charges of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

BSB appoints new Advisory Pool of Experts members

03 July 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced five appointments to its Advisory Pool of Experts (APEX).

Barrister Ehi Ukiwa ordered to be suspended for six months for appearing in court on behalf of a client before being authorised to do so

29 June 2018

Barrister Ehi Andrew Ukiwa has been ordered to be suspended from practice for six months by an independent disciplinary tribunal following charges of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

BSB shares good practice for barristers and advice for clients on consumer feedback

28 June 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published new guidance that aims to encourage barristers to follow good practice when they receive feedback from their clients. It has also published a guide for the public about using and leaving feedback about barristers' services.

Regulators publish reports into criminal advocacy standards

27 June 2018

Barristers and solicitor advocates representing clients in criminal courts are generally delivering a competent service to the public, two reports released today have found.

BSB appoints two new members to the Governance, Risk and Audit Committee

19 June 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced two appointments to its Governance, Risk and Audit Committee (GRA).

BSB invites tenders for authorised body to provide legal support

18 June 2018

The BSB has today invited tenders from bodies authorised to provide reserved legal activities to provide legal advice and representation for the next three year period from September 2018 until September 2021.

BSB website due to be down for maintenance: 5pm-5.30pm 15 June 2018

14 June 2018

BSB website due to be down for maintenance: 5pm -5.30pm 15 June 2018