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Unregistered barrister Philip Pawson disbarred for dishonesty

08 December 2016

Unregistered barrister Philip Pawson was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary Tribunal at a hearing on Wednesday 7 December, following charges brought by the barristers' regulator.

Note about an email scam targeting barristers

02 December 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has been made aware this morning about a bogus email targeting barristers.

BSB extends Future Bar Training consultation to include a new proposal from COIC and the Bar Council

01 December 2016

On 3 October, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) issued a consultation document outlining three possible approaches towards the future of Bar training.

We are recruiting an Assistant Chief Examiner, Criminal Litigation

28 November 2016

Assistant Chief Examiner, Criminal Litigation

BSB appoints new pool of advisory experts

25 November 2016

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

New Board members for the Bar Standards Board

25 November 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced the appointment of three new lay Board members.

New tribunal hearing disbars barrister Tariq Rehman

24 November 2016

Tariq Rehman, an immigration barrister and Head of Chambers at Kings Court Chambers in Birmingham, was ordered to be disbarred at an independent disciplinary hearing on Wednesday, 23 November, following charges brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB), the regulator of the Bar.

BSB seeks views on shared parental leave for self-employed barristers

22 November 2016

"Should self-employed barristers enjoy similar rights to shared parental leave as employed barristers?" the Bar Standards Board (BSB) asks in a consultation launched today.

Barrister Tariq Rehman is permanently banned from public access work and suspended for a further 27 months

15 November 2016

Barrister Tariq Rehman was permanently banned from accepting public access instructions, and suspended for a total 27 months at an independent disciplinary hearing on Monday, 14 November, following charges brought by the Bar regulator.

Unregistered barrister Mujibur Ibrahim disbarred, following conviction of theft

08 November 2016

Unregistered barrister Mujibur Ibrahim was ordered to be disbarred by an independent Disciplinary Tribunal at a hearing on Monday, 7 November, following charges brought by the Bar regulator.

Barrister Tariq Rehman suspended for delaying refund payments to clients

04 November 2016

Barrister Tariq Rehman was suspended for a total of 14 months by an independent disciplinary Tribunal at a hearing on Wednesday, 2 November, following charges brought by the Bar regulator.

Barrister Michael Roberts disbarred, following criminal conviction for tax evasion

02 November 2016

Barrister Michael Charles Roberts was ordered to be disbarred by an independent Disciplinary Tribunal at a hearing on Friday 28 October, following charges brought by the Bar regulator.

Research shows room for improvement on Client Care Letters

02 November 2016

New research commissioned by legal regulators and the Legal Services Consumer Panel (LSCP) has identified principles to help lawyers better communicate with their clients.

The BSB is recruiting lay members for its Professional Conduct Committee

28 October 2016

The Bar Standards Board, the independent regulatory body for barristers in England and Wales, is seeking new members for its Professional Conduct Committee.

Unregistered barrister Ian Millard disbarred, following seriously offensive tweets

28 October 2016

Unregistered barrister Ian Millard was ordered to be disbarred by an independent Disciplinary Tribunal at a hearing on Thursday 27 October, following charges brought by the Bar regulator.

Unregistered barrister Mohammed Shafee Shaikh disbarred following conviction for import duty evasion

11 October 2016

Unregistered barrister Mohammed Shafee Shaikh was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary Tribunal at a hearing on Monday 10 October, following charges brought by the Bar regulator.

Legal Experts needed

03 October 2016

The Bar Standards Board, the regulatory body for barristers in England and Wales, is seeking five members of a new Advisory Pool of Experts (APEX).

Do you have a view on the future of Bar training? If so, the BSB would like to hear from you

03 October 2016

In a consultation paper launched today, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) outlines three possible approaches for the future training of barristers.

Bar regulator’s complaints-handling process is thorough and fair, says Independent Observer

30 September 2016

The way in which the Bar Standards Board (BSB) deals with complaints against barristers and handles disciplinary proceedings is thorough and fair, says the Independent Observer's latest report, published today.

Unregistered barrister Dr Peter Barnett disbarred following fraud convictions for fare evasion

27 September 2016

Dr Peter Barnett was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary Tribunal at a hearing on Monday 26 September 2016, following charges brought by the Bar regulator.

BSB publishes Professional Statement for Barristers

21 September 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a revised version of the Professional Statement, which now includes the Threshold Standard and Competences. It sets out in more detail the skills, knowledge and attributes which barristers are expected to have on "day one" of being issued with a practising certificate.

Farewell to outgoing BSB Director of Education and Training

15 September 2016

The regulator's Director of Education and Training, Dr Simon Thornton-Wood will leave the organisation on Friday, 16 September 2016.

Bar regulator launches survey on the future of legal services delivery

08 September 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has launched an online survey into how legal services are being delivered by barristers.

Records Department availability 12.9.16

08 September 2016

Records Department availability

BSB prepares to carry out interventions for ABSs

06 September 2016

The BSB has been approved by the Legal Services Board to become a licensing body for alternative business structures (ABSs). It plans to commence its authorisation this autumn. As part of the establishment of the framework that supports the regulation of ABSs, the BSB will gain the statutory power of intervention for ABSs. 

New BSB report shows more targeted use of enforcement powers

08 August 2016

The Bar Standards Board has, today, published its Enforcement Annual Report for 2015-16. This report provides an overview of the regulator's enforcement work during the year and includes a number of statistics about the volume and outcome of complaints of professional misconduct about barristers.

The BSB highlights progress made in its Annual Report 2015-16

02 August 2016

The BSB has published its latest annual report, which summarises its achievements during the 2015-16 business year and during the course of its last three-year strategic plan which concluded on 31 March 2016.

Experts needed

27 July 2016

The Bar Standards Board, the regulatory body for barristers in England and Wales, is seeking seven members of a new Advisory Pool of Experts (APEX).

Unregistered barrister Khalil Hosenbux suspended for providing immigration services when suspended from doing so

27 July 2016

An independent disciplinary tribunal has ordered Mr Khalil Hosenbux to be suspended from practising as a barrister for three months.

Bar regulator seeks potential ABS for pilot; publishes case studies for authorised bodies

14 July 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is preparing to begin authorising Alternative Business Structures (ABS) later this year, subject to the Lord Chancellor's approval.

Bar regulator to address unfair treatment of women at the Bar

12 July 2016

The Bar Standards Board will be writing to every multi-tenant chambers across the country to seek their help in improving compliance with the Equality Rules, following the BSB's recent survey of women at the Bar.

Recruitment of Lay Members of the Bar Standards Board

08 July 2016

Recruitment of Lay Members of the Bar Standards Board 2016

Bar Standards Board welcomes CMA report into legal services

08 July 2016

The Bar Standards Board today welcomed the interim report from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

Bar regulator hosts lively debate on Future Bar Training options

08 July 2016

The BSB hosted a lively debate last night about the future of Bar training. The debate considered the three proposed options for future routes to qualification as a barrister. 

BSB announces the appointment of a new Chair and lay members of the Independent Appointments Panel.

05 July 2016

The Bar Standards Board announces the appointment of a new Chair and lay members of the Independent Appointments Panel. The new Chair is Stephen Redmond. The two new members are Jacqui Francis and Bronwen Curtis CBE. 

Unregistered barrister Tiyani Behanzin suspended for failing to cooperate with the regulator

29 June 2016

An independent disciplinary tribunal has ordered Tiyani Behanzin, an unregistered barrister, to be suspended for a minimum of 12 months until he pays outstanding financial orders. As a result, he is not entitled to hold a practising certificate in this period. 

BSB statement following the EU referendum result

24 June 2016

BSB statement following today's EU referendum result

Yawar Shah disbarred for dishonesty, following conviction for mortgage fraud

16 June 2016

Unregistered barrister Yawar Shah was ordered to be disbarred this week by an independent disciplinary tribunal, following his criminal convictions on two counts of conspiracy to defraud in 2013.

Barrister Damian McCarthy disbarred following retrial

10 June 2016

An independent disciplinary tribunal yesterday ordered barrister Damian McCarthy to be disbarred for dishonesty.

The Bar regulator to host debate on the Future Bar Training options

08 June 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is set to hostThe Future Bar Training debate next month. The debate will be a forum to discuss the options for how best to structure the process by which students can qualify as barristers.

Lloyd Aneke disbarred following reckless and improper stewardship of client money

26 May 2016

Unregistered barrister Lloyd Aneke was ordered to be disbarred on Wednesday by an independent disciplinary tribunal following his strike-off as a solicitor for recklessly and improperly handling client money.

BSB seeks Assistant Chief Examiner, Civil Litigation

23 May 2016

BSB seeks Assistant Chief Examiner, Civil Litigation

BSB seeks Examination question writers, markers and standard setters

23 May 2016

BSB seeks Examination question writers, markers and standard setters

BSB conducts thematic review on immigration services, adopts recommendations

20 May 2016

The BSB has today published the Immigration Thematic Review Report, which summarises the risks in the immigration advice and services market.

BSB seeks to improve advocacy standards within the Youth Court

20 May 2016

The Bar regulator has today announced proposals to improve advocacy standards in youth court proceedings following  research commissioned by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and CILEx Regulation last year

Email alert from the Bar Council

20 May 2016

Bar Council email alert

BSB welcomes LSB’s recommendation to the Lord Chancellor to enable it to regulate ABSs

19 May 2016

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has recommended to the Lord Chancellor that the Bar Standards Board (BSB) be permitted to regulate Alternative Business Structures (ABSs), by designating the Bar Council as a licensing authority.

BSB’s Strategic Plan and Risk Outlook launch provokes lively debate

17 May 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) officially launched its Strategic Plan 2016-19 and Risk Outlook last month at a function in central London, to an audience of barristers, representative bodies of the Bar, legal consumer organisations and diversity groups.

Katrina McCarthy disbarred for dishonesty and misleading the court

12 May 2016

Unregistered barrister Katrina McCarthy was ordered to be disbarred on Monday by an independent disciplinary tribunal, for dishonesty and misleading the court by stating she was a practising barrister when she was not.

Bar regulator has made “significant improvements”, says LSB’s report

10 May 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has made "significant improvements" as a regulator since 2012-13, says the Legal Services Board (LSB)'s today in its Regulatory Standards Report for 2015-16 about the Bar regulator.

BSB publishes new figures showing success rates for student barristers

05 May 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a new edition of its statistical information on student performance on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).

Anupama Thompson appointed as a new board member to the Bar Standards Board

04 May 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced Anupama Thompson has been appointed as a board member, with effect from 1 May 2016.

Barrister Dominic Brazil suspended from practice for 14 months

25 April 2016

Barrister Dominic Brazil was suspended from practice for 14 months by an independent disciplinary tribunal on 20 April.

Bar regulator launches survey on the Licensed Access Scheme

22 April 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today launched a survey for professionals who instruct barristers using the Licensed Access Scheme and for barristers receiving those instructions.

Barristers predict an increase in public access work

19 April 2016

Public access barristers are expecting the volume of work obtained directly from clients to increase over the next few years according to a survey undertaken jointly by the Bar Standards Board and the Legal Services Board. 

Constance Briscoe disbarred for charges relating to perverting the course of justice

15 April 2016

Barrister Constance Briscoe was today ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal, following her criminal conviction on three counts of committing acts with intent to pervert the course of public justice.

More flexible CPD for barristers to start from January 2017, says Bar regulator

14 April 2016

A new CPD regime for barristers on the Established Practitioner Programme will be in place from January 2017.

Criminal barrister Desmond Rosario disbarred, following conviction for sexual assault

13 April 2016

Criminal barrister Desmond David Luke Rosario from Leicester was ordered to be disbarred yesterday by an independent disciplinary tribunal, following a criminal conviction for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in October 2013.

Risk-based approach to regulating the Bar: the regulator publishes its Framework, Index and Outlook

05 April 2016

The BSB is today publishing three documents about its approach to risk-based regulation: the Risk Frameworkdescribes the BSB's general approach to identifying and managing risks in the legal system; the Risk Indexcategorises those risks; and the Risk Outlookprioritises three risk themes which we think should be the current focus of our regulatory attention.

Bar regulator holds cross-cultural communication event, publishes report

01 April 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has published a report today about its cross-cultural communication symposium, which it held in mid-January.

Bar regulator receives approval to license Alternative Business Structures

30 March 2016

The Bar Standards Board's (BSB) application to become a licensing authority for alternative business structures (ABS) has been approved by the Legal Services Board (LSB).

Forensic Accounting: Launch of a new, online course for pupils and new practitioners

29 March 2016

In 2015, the BSB authorised BPP Professional Education to deliver an online Forensic Accounting course to pupils and new practitioners following a review of the face-to-face two day mandatory course.

Bar regulator unveils new three-year Strategic Plan for 2016-19

22 March 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its new Strategic Plan for 2016-19 and its Business Plan for 2016-17.

Bar regulator launches consultation on the Professional Statement threshold standard and competences, seeks input from all

14 March 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today launched its consultation on the Professional Statement threshold standard and competences.

New York attorney Soma Sengupta disbarred for charges, including dishonesty

11 March 2016

New York lawyer Soma Sengupta, who was Called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2008, has been ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal. 

Bar regulator announces changes to the Bar Course Aptitude Test for 2016 and 2017

09 March 2016

Further to the BSB's last announcement in December 2015

Chair and members of Independent Appointments Panel needed

04 March 2016

The Bar Standards Board, the regulatory body for barristers in England and Wales, is seeking at least three lay people for its Independent Appointments Panel, one of whom to serve as the Chair.

Bar regulator announces changes to the Professional Ethics exam in the BPTC from 2017

02 March 2016

There will be a change to the format of the Professional Ethics examination for the BPTC from 2017, the BSB has announced today.

BSB publishes report on diversity within its complaints-handling system

24 February 2016

Monitoring complaints against barristers to make sure disciplinary processes are carried out in a fair and unbiased manner has always been a priority for the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

BSB publishes its response to the CMA legal services market study’s statement of scope

05 February 2016

The BSB is pleased to make public its response to the Competition and Market Authority’s (CMA’s) “Statement of Scope” for its legal services market study.

The Bar regulator publishes responses to the Future Bar Training consultation

01 February 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) published today the summary of initial responses it received to its consultation launched in the summer of 2015 on the academic, vocational and pupillage requirements to become qualified as a barrister.

Bar regulator publishes report on diversity at the Bar

29 January 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its annual report for 2015 on the diversity of the profession.

Jean Etienne Attala disbarred, following persistent dishonesty

22 January 2016

Jean Etienne Attala has been ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal today, following the BSB finding that he acted dishonestly and did not report serious misconduct to his regulator.

Bar regulator seeks views on its DRAFT 2016-19 Strategic Plan

22 January 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has published a draft version of its new Strategic Plan today and is seeking feedback about the strategic priorities that it has identified.

Bar regulator seeks women’s experiences at the Bar, launches survey

12 January 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has launched a survey today to better understand women's experiences of the equality rules of the BSB Handbook.

Naomi Ellenbogen QC appointed as new Vice-Chair of the Bar Standards Board

04 January 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced that Naomi Ellenbogen QC has been appointed its new Vice-Chair with effect from 1 January 2016. Naomi will take over from Patricia Robertson QC who stood down from her role at the independent regulator of barristers at the end of 2015.

BSB and LSB launch new survey on the operation of the Public Access scheme for barristers to complete

23 December 2015

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) and Legal Services Board (LSB) are conducting research in order to gain an in-depth understanding of the operation of the Public Access scheme. 

Richard Michael Hayes disbarred following a criminal conviction for fraud

18 December 2015

Unregistered barrister Richard Michael Hayes has been ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal, following the Bar regulator's investigation relating to his criminal conviction for fraudulently representing clients when he was not authorised to do so.

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

14 December 2015

Barrister members for the Professional Conduct Committee. Barrister members for the Qualifications Committee.

Are you keen to help shape the future of education and training for barristers?

14 December 2015

The Bar Standards Board, the independent regulatory body for barristers in England and Wales, is seeking new members for its Committees.

BSB Opening hours over the 2015-16 festive period

14 December 2015

The Bar Standards Board's offices will be closed from 12pm on Wednesday 23 December 2015 until Monday 4 January 2016 when they will reopen.

Bar regulator announces consultations on the cost of regulatory activities, including ABSs

10 December 2015

The fees and charges for a number of regulatory activities and Alternative Business Structures (ABSs) are the focus of two separate consultations the regulator has launched today.

Andrew Veen suspended following Bar regulator’s investigation into misconduct

04 December 2015

Barrister suspended for a total of 18 months for accepting instructions without a practising certificate, not supplying client care letters as a public access barrister and for his conduct relating to his bankruptcy.

Bar regulator announces important developments in the 2016 Bar Professional Training Course

01 December 2015

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has three announcements to make about the BPTC today. First, today the regulator is publishing statistics about students and providers of the BPTC. Second, there will be changes to the formats of the centralised assessments. Third, the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT), which is an entry requirement, will be deferred until at least March 2016, pending completion of a review.

BSB responds to today's Government proposal on opening legal services market

30 November 2015

BSB Director-General Dr Vanessa Davies said, "We note this morning's government announcement about a consultation on full separation of legal regulators and the representative bodies, and on making access to ABSs easier. "We look forward to contributing to drawing up the consultation document, on the basis of our experience and expertise. T he Bar Standards Board welcomes a debate on the complete separation of the regulatory and representative functions. It could be in the public interest and could allow regulatory and representative bodies to be stronger in their respective roles."  

Bar Standards Board announces new governance structure

24 November 2015

The Bar Standards Board has adopted a new governance structure, which will be put in place over the coming months. 

Major new report highlights mixed advocacy standards in youth court proceedings

19 November 2015

A new, independent report commissioned by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and CILEx Regulation, and produced by the Institute for Criminal Policy Research (ICPR) at Birkbeck, University of London, has revealed variable advocacy standards amongst lawyers acting in youth court proceedings.

Martin Wynne Jones suspended for failing to take reasonable steps to manage his practice as a barrister

12 November 2015

An independent disciplinary tribunal has ordered that Mr Martin Wynne Jones be suspended from practising as a barrister for a period of three months.

Bahamas based barrister to be disbarred for falsely claiming he had been awarded a law degree and forging certificates

05 November 2015

An independent disciplinary tribunal has ordered the disbarment from the Bar of England and Wales of Bahamas based barrister, Mr Shavon Bethel.

Barrister to be disbarred for failing to disclose criminal convictions prior to being Called to the Bar

30 October 2015

An independent disciplinary tribunal earlier this week ordered the disbarment of barrister, Mr Martin Christie.

High Impact chambers enthusiastically engage with regulator to assess risk, says new report

23 October 2015

170 barristers' chambers rated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) as "high impact" have embraced the opportunity to tell the regulator how they operate.  The results have been collated in a new report published today.

John Alexander Nwenu Iteshi to be disbarred for instigating vexatious Employment Tribunal claims

22 October 2015

Unregistered barrister John Alexander Nwenu Iteshi was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal on Friday, 16 October, following the Bar's regulator taking action against him for professional misconduct.

Painting a picture of the newly qualified barrister: Regulator sets out ‘Professional Statement’

21 October 2015

The barristers' regulator has published a Professional Statement today which describes the knowledge, skills and attributes that a newly qualified barrister should have when issued with a Full Practising Certificate.

The BSB is recruiting a new Vice Chair

19 October 2015

The BSB is recruiting a new Vice Chair for 2016.

Bar regulator wants to remove restrictions on employed barristers, seeking views

13 October 2015

The regulator is seeking to broaden the definition of employment for barristers working in-house for organisations that are not authorised law firms, in a new consultation launched today.

Stephen Supple suspended for mishandling client monies and not cooperating with the regulator

08 October 2015

A disciplinary tribunal ordered a three-month suspension of barrister Stephen Supple on Friday, 2 October. The Tribunal found that Mr Supple, acting under a Power of Attorney, had mishandled his client's monies, and failed to cooperate with the Legal Ombudsman and the Bar Standards Board in complaints made against him. Mr Supple was instructed directly by the client, under the public access rules.

BSB Chair Sir Andrew Burns sets his vision for the future of the Bar regulator

05 October 2015

In his first keynote speech as Chair of the Bar Standards Board (BSB), Sir Andrew Burns urged barristers and key stakeholders to engage with the regulator on the future direction of Bar regulation at a networking function tonight at Lincoln's Inn.

Regulators issue consultation on minor changes to QASA

01 October 2015

Legal regulators Bar Standards Board (BSB), Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and CILEx Regulation, the three also known as the Joint Advocacy Group (JAG), are preparing for the implementation of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) by launching a new consultation today. 

QC to be disbarred following “cheating the public revenue” conviction

30 September 2015

A disciplinary tribunal ordered the disbarment of Rohan Pershad QC yesterday. This was following the BSB taking enforcement action in relation to his conviction for cheating the public revenue in February 2013, when he was sentenced to 42 months' imprisonment.