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Call for Evidence to help improve BSB Handbook

06 June 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is today calling for evidence to help it scope a planned review of the BSB Handbook - the document which includes the Code of Conduct for barristers and the rules with which they must comply.

BSB opens recruitment for new Director General

04 June 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today begun the process to recruit a new Director General to succeed Dr Vanessa Davies, after her planned retirement at the end of this year. 

Barrister Bernadette McGurk ordered to be suspended for six months

24 May 2019

Barrister Bernadette McGurk 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).

New barrister Board members for the Bar Standards Board

23 May 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced the appointment of Elizabeth Prochaska and Leslie Thomas QC as new barrister Board members.

Are you keen to make a contribution to the regulation of barristers?

10 May 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB), the independent regulatory body for barristers in England and Wales, is seeking an Independent Reviewer to provide assurance and review functions in relation to our regulatory decision making.   This is an exciting period of change for the BSB and we would like to encourage a more diverse range of people to join us in taking forward changes to our governance and decision-making structure.

Unregistered Barrister Michael O’Maoileoin ordered to be disbarred

09 May 2019

Unregistered Barrister Michael O'Maoileoin, called to the Bar of England and Wales by Inner Temple in October 2004, was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held on 8 May 2019, following charges of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

BSB seeking views on pupillage recruitment and advertising timetable

07 May 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is writing to key stakeholders to ask whether it should be made mandatory for Chambers and other Authorised Education and Training Organisations (AETOs) providing the pupillage / work-based learning component of Bar training to bring their recruitment timetable into line with the Pupillage Gateway. Currently, the gateway timetable is between November and May. All pupillages must currently be advertised on the Gateway but the BSB believes that obliging all those offering pupillage to recruit to the same timetable would make recruitment fairer for all candidates.

Barrister Clyde Stevens ordered to be disbarred

16 April 2019

Barrister Clyde Stevens was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held on 15 April 2019, following charges of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

Wanted: Assistant Chief Examiner, Criminal Litigation

09 April 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) regulates barristers called to the Bar in England and Wales in the public interest. We are responsible for setting the education and training requirements for becoming a barrister. The vocational stage of training, the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), ensures that students intending to become barristers acquire the skills, knowledge of procedure and evidence, attitudes and competence to prepare them for pupillage.

New edition of BSB Handbook introduces new Bar qualification rules

01 April 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a new edition of its Handbook which sees new Bar qualification rules come into force.