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COIC tribunals review: progress update

03 March 2014

A progress update on implementation of the COIC Review recommendations

BSB calls for entity regulation focus group participants

24 February 2014

BSB calls for entity regulation focus group participants

BSB response to the Legal Services Board’s decision on lay chairs for regulators

20 February 2014

BSB response to the LSB's decision on lay chairs for regulators

Barrister who committed £135,500 fraud in Malaysia is to be disbarred

13 February 2014

A barrister who was struck off the Roll of Advocates and Solicitors in Malaysia has been ordered by an independent disciplinary tribunal to be disbarred from the Bar in England and Wales. 

Barrister Connect update

12 February 2014

We are aware that a number of users are currently experiencing problems with the Barrister Connect system.

‘Employment barrister’ to be disbarred for lying to clients

12 February 2014

An independent public disciplinary tribunal has ordered the disbarment of a barrister after it emerged she had misled clients.

Barrister with conviction for CS gas possession to be disbarred

10 February 2014

A barrister who failed to disclose previous criminal convictions is to be disbarred following an independent public disciplinary tribunal. 

BSB Statement on Richard Craven and the Bar Standards Board

06 February 2014

BSB Statement on Richard Craven and the Bar Standards Board (Appeal to the Visitors of the Inns of Court)

Barrister who intentionally misled client over appeal to be disbarred

05 February 2014

Barrister who intentionally misled client over appeal to be disbarred

Bar Standards Board statement on the judicial review of QASA (appeal)

04 February 2014

BSB statement on the judicial review of QASA (appeal)

Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC MP keynote speech at the launch of new BSB Handbook

23 January 2014

Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC MP keynote speech at the launch of new BSB Handbook

Barrister who falsified degrees from Harvard and Oxford University to be disbarred

22 January 2014

A barrister who falsified educational qualifications is to be disbarred, following a successful appeal by the BSB against the sentence of an independent Disciplinary Tribunal. 

Reminder: Barristers no longer have to return CPD cards to the BSB

07 January 2014

Reminder: Barristers no longer have to return CPD cards to the BSB

BSB statement on Public Access rules and international work

06 January 2014

BSB statement on Public Access rules and international work

New Handbook and Code of Conduct come into effect with minor amendments

06 January 2014

New Handbook and Code of Conduct come into effect

Reminder: first round for BPTC applications closes on 9 January 2014 (2.00pm)

02 January 2014

First round for BPTC applications closes on 9 January 2014

BSB consultation on litigation authorisation application fees

20 December 2013

BSB consultation on litigation authorisation application fees

BSB publishes guidance on deliberately failing to attend court

18 December 2013

The Bar Standards Board publishes guidance on deliberately failing to attend court

The BSB will be closed over Christmas and New Year

18 December 2013

The BSB will be closed over Christmas and New Year

BSB responds to LSB consultation on increasing flexibility in legal education and training

11 December 2013

The BSB has published its response to the LSB's consultation on increasing flexibility in legal education and training.

BSB produces additional clarification in relation to Public Access rules and foreign work

02 December 2013

BSB produces additional clarification in relation to Public Access rules and foreign work.

CPD-accredited podcast on the new BSB Handbook launched

02 December 2013

CPD-accredited podcast on the new BSB Handbook launched

Barristers’ CPD obligations to change with immediate effect

28 November 2013

Changes to barristers' CPD obligations

BSB acts to clarify regulatory position over Very High Cost Cases (VHCCs)

25 November 2013

The Bar Standards Board has moved to correct a regulatory anomaly relating to Very High Cost Cases (VHCCs) and the Cab Rank rule (CRR).              

BSB Handbook roadshows continue

25 November 2013

BSB Handbook roadshows

Barrister to be disbarred for prejudicing the administration of justice

22 November 2013

A public disciplinary tribunal has ordered the disbarment of a barrister for acting in a way that was prejudicial to the administration of justice.

Barrister disbarred for assisting forgery

20 November 2013

Barrister disbarred for assisting forgery 

Barrister disbarred for endangering police helicopter

12 November 2013

Barrister disbarred for endangering police helicopter 

New chambers' supervision strategy launched

05 November 2013

New Chambers supervision strategy launched 

New disqualification rules to apply to lay employees

04 November 2013

New rules will allow the BSB to disqualify lay employees.

Barrister to be disbarred for £900,000 fraud

24 October 2013

A public disciplinary tribunal has ordered the disbarment of a barrister for dishonest conduct following convictions for fraud offences.

BSB statement on Leathley, Mehey, Hayes v Visitors to the Inns of Court

16 October 2013

BSB statement on Leathley, Mehey, Hayes v Visitors to the Inns of Court.

Bar Standards Board Statement on costs and the judicial review of QASA

11 October 2013

BSB Statement on costs and the judicial review of QASA

The BSB responds to the Legal Education & Training Review

08 October 2013

The BSB responds to the Legal Education & Training Review

Changes to Public Access rules come into effect

04 October 2013

Changes to Public Access rules come into effect

BSB publishes diversity review of complaints processes

27 September 2013

BSB publishes diversity review of complaints processes

Bar Standards Board to hold Information Evening for chambers’ equality and diversity officers

26 September 2013

Bar Standards Board to hold Information Evening for chambers’ equality and diversity officers

Bar Standards Board statement regarding costs and the QASA Judicial Review

23 September 2013

BSB statement regarding costs and the QASA Judicial Review

BSB statement in respect of Judicial Review of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA)

16 September 2013

BSB statement in respect of Judicial Review of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA)

BSB Committee Member Advert in Sunday Times, 15 Sept 2013

16 September 2013

Clarification regarding  BSB Committee Member Advert in Sunday Times, 15 Sept 2013

CPD guidance for barristers taking parental leave

06 September 2013

parental leave for barristers

The Bar Standards Board responds to new proposals for criminal legal aid

05 September 2013

The BSB responds to new proposals for criminal legal aid

Important changes to Public Access training

02 September 2013

The rules around Public Access barristers have changed.

Attention pupils: registering and completing pupillage

30 August 2013

Requirements for registering and completing pupillage

QASA Handbook and podcast launched

21 August 2013

The essential guide to the QASA process.

BSB Equality Rules One Year On…an information evening for chambers’ EDOs

16 August 2013

BSB Equality Rules One Year On…an information evening for chambers’ EDOs

BSB responds to Lord Chief Justice’s plans for specialist judges

07 August 2013

BSB responds to Lord Chief Justice's plans for specialist judges

BSB welcomes QASA approval

29 July 2013

Bar Standards Board welcomes QASA approval

New BSB Handbook to give barristers more freedom and flexibility

24 July 2013

New BSB Handbook to come into force in January 2014

BSB reviews the regulation of immigration advice and services

22 July 2013

Bar Standards Board reviews the regulation of immigration advice and services

Bar Standards Board welcomes new Lord Chief Justice

17 July 2013

Bar Standards Board welcomes new Lord Chief Justice

Letters of clarification to Mr Djanogly MP

01 July 2013

Letters of clarification to Mr Djanogly MP

Final report of Legal Education and Training Review published

25 June 2013

Final report of Legal Education and Training Review published

Regulator widens criteria for entity approval

24 June 2013

Regulator widens criteria for entity approval

Regulator’s handling of complaints against barristers ‘prompt, thorough and fair’

21 June 2013

Regulator's handling of complaints against barristers 'prompt, thorough and fair'

BSB response to Home Affairs Select Committee's report

11 June 2013

BSB response to Home Affairs Select Committee's report

Government’s justice reforms could push innocent people to plead guilty, warns regulator

03 June 2013

Government's justice reforms could push innocent people to plead guilty, warns regulator

Over 98% of barristers renew practising certificates on time

31 May 2013

Over 98% of barristers renew practising certificates on time

Supervision consultation deadline extended

30 May 2013

Supervision consultation deadline extended

BSB completes the regulator 'health-check'

29 May 2013

The Bar Standards Board has completed its first performance review by supraregulator, the Legal Services Board (LSB).  The review's findings are detailed in the LSB report Developing Regulatory Standards. An assessment of the Bar Standards Board.  

New equality and diversity goals set out at Board meeting

21 May 2013

Twelve equality objectives for 2013-14, set out in five priority areas, were approved and adopted by the Bar Standards Board at the May Board meeting - in line with statutory equality duties.

Barristers’ ‘Working Lives’ survey launched

15 May 2013

Barristers' 'Working Lives' survey launched

Changes to the processing of CPD record cards

13 May 2013

Changes to the processing of CPD record cards

Bar Standards Board extends first registration phase for QASA

10 May 2013

Bar Standards Board extends first registration phase for QASA

The Bar Standards Board publishes new Strategic Plan 2013-16

22 April 2013

The Bar Standards Board publishes new Strategic Plan 2013-16

Barristers: help shape the future of supervision

16 April 2013

Barristers: help shape the future of supervision

The CBA misunderstand and are misrepresenting QASA warns the BSB

09 April 2013

BSB response to CBA QASA briefing

MoJ legal aid consultation does not include QASA

09 April 2013

The Bar Standards Board notes the release today of the Ministry of Justice consultation on its proposals for reforms to legal aid.  

Barrister Conduct ‘Trends and Performance’ Report Released

08 April 2013

BARRISTER CONDUCT 'TRENDS AND PERFORMANCE' REPORT RELEASED

Practice Bar Course Aptitude Test now available.

03 April 2013

Practice Bar Course Aptitude Test now available

Public access rules approved by LSB

28 March 2013

Public access rules approved by LSB

Removal of the ‘cab rank’ rule a major threat to justice

26 March 2013

Removal of the 'cab rank' rule a major threat to justice, finds new report.

QASA Fourth Consultation published

26 March 2013

QASA fourth consultation report published

QASA fourth consultation report published

26 March 2013

Today's publication of the BSB report on the fourth QASA consultation  

BSB’s monitoring programme improves compliance, shows new report

15 March 2013

BSB's monitoring programme improves compliance, shows new report

Legal Services Board draft business plan response

08 March 2013

The Bar Standards Board today responded to the draft Legal Services Board business plan 2013-14.

Practising Certificate renewal deadline is 31 March 2013

01 March 2013

practising certificate renewal deadline

Register and schedule your BCAT now

01 March 2013

Register and schedule your BCAT from March 1 2013

‘Risk-Assessed' supervision consultation launched

26 February 2013

Barristers have the opportunity to influence how they are supervised by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) by taking part in a consultation exercise launched today.  The BSB is seeking feedback on a new approach to chambers and entities monitoring designed to target resources at those most likely to breach the Code of Conduct. Enforcement action would be reserved for the most serious or persistent cases.

Diversity Review of Complaints Processes

19 February 2013

The Bar Standards Board has commissioned an external agency to review its professional conduct complaints processes. The action was taken following an internal report which showed that Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) barristers were over represented in the complaints process.

New 'risk-based' approach to supervision approved

15 February 2013

The Bar Standards Board has approved a consultation on a new approach to the supervision of chambers and barristers.                

Changes to Public Access Training Announced

28 January 2013

Public access barrister training is to be overhauled under proposals announced by the Bar Standards Board. The proposed changes will enhance course content and introduce an element of formal assessment to make sure that barristers have the knowledge and skills required to undertake public access work. -ends-

Equality and Diversity podcast launched

23 January 2013

A new Equality and Diversity training podcast has been launched to help practitioners comply with their obligations under new Bar Standards Board Code of Conduct rules on Equality and Diversity.  

CPD Record Card deadline 31 January

11 January 2013

Avoid a fine and get your CPD record card in before the deadline on 31 January 2013, urges the Bar Standards Board today.

The BSB will be closed over Christmas and New Year

20 December 2012

closed over Christmas

New Board member for Bar Standards Board

19 December 2012

The Bar Standards Board is pleased to announce that Justine Davidge has been appointed to the Board. Ms Davidge takes up the position vacated by Patricia Robertson QC's appointment as Vice-Chair.

QASA update from JAG

14 December 2012

Following detailed consideration and analysis of the responses to the fourth consultation, the BSB, IPS and SRA, via the Joint Advocacy Group (JAG) have agreed on the next steps for introducing the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA).

CPD deadline – 31 December 2012

11 December 2012

All practitioners are required to return a signed record card (in hard copy or PDF) indicating the CPD hours that they have completed in 2012.

Equality and diversity rules spot check

03 December 2012

The BSB is undertaking a 'progress check' with a sample of 40 chambers to commence in February 2013 .

“Change is urgently needed” - Bar Standards Board warns the Council of the Inns of Court.

29 November 2012

The Bar Standards Board has outlined several points for improvement in a strongly worded response to the Council of the Inns of Court's (COIC) review of Disciplinary Tribunals and Hearings. COIC instigated a root and branch review of its tribunal's service last November

BSB and Bar Council publish second Bar Barometer report on the profession

13 November 2012

The Bar Standards Board (BSB), the regulator of barristers in England and Wales, and the  Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales have today published the second edition of Bar Barometer, an annual report on statistical trends within the Bar.

BPTC Online and Aptitude Test

05 November 2012

BPTC Online is now open for September 2013. Please note that for 2013 entry the Bar Council Aptitude Test (BCAT) will be a requirement, however this test will not be available until Spring 2013.

NEW STANDARD CONTRACTUAL TERMS TO TAKE EFFECT IN JANUARY 2013

09 October 2012

The Bar Standards Board (BSB), the regulatory body for barristers in England and Wales, has agreed that the new Standard Contractual Terms will now take effect on 31 January 2013.

New Standard Contractual Terms to take effect in January 2013

09 October 2012

The Bar Standards Board (BSB), the regulatory body for barristers in England and Wales, has agreed that the new Standard Contractual Terms will now take effect on 31 January 2013.

BSB Annual Report

03 October 2012

Annual report 2011-12

Patricia Robertson QC appointed as new BSB Vice-Chair from January 2013

13 September 2012

The Bar Standards Board (BSB), the regulatory body for barristers in England and Wales, today announces the appointment of Patricia Robertson QC as the new Vice Chair of the BSB. She will take up the position on 1 January 2013.

Patricia Robertson QC appointed as new BSB Vice-Chair from January 2013

13 September 2012

The Bar Standards Board (BSB), the regulatory body for barristers in England and Wales, today announces the appointment of Patricia Robertson QC as the new Vice Chair of the BSB. She will take up the position on 1 January 2013.