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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.

New Equality and Diversity Rules for barristers are now in force

03 September 2012

New Equality and Diversity rules for self-employed barristers are now in force.

New Equality and Diversity Rules for barristers are now in force

03 September 2012

New Equality and Diversity Rules for barristers are now in force

BSB WELCOMES PUBLICATION OF COIC TRIBUNAL REVIEW REPORT

27 July 2012

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has welcomed the publication of the Final Report of the COIC Disciplinary Tribunal and Hearings Review Group, chaired by Desmond Browne QC.

BSB welcomes publication of COIC tribunal review report

27 July 2012

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has welcomed the publication of the Final Report of the COIC Disciplinary Tribunal and Hearings Review Group, chaired by Desmond Browne QC. 

BSB Chair comments on strength of BSB’s performance as a competent and transparent regulator

17 July 2012

As a competent, transparent and public interest regulator, the Bar Standards Board continues to promote and uphold the highest regulatory standards.

QASA fourth consultation

12 July 2012

The fourth and final consultation on the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (Crime) (QASA) goes live today, Thursday 12 July.

BSB's successful defence of challenge to validity of Disciplinary Tribunal composition

12 July 2012

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today successfully defended a challenge to the validity of the composition of a Disciplinary Tribunal in an appeal examining the preliminary issues of the re-appointment of Tribunal members by the Council of the Inns of Court (COIC).

QASA fourth consultation goes live

12 July 2012

The fourth and final consultation on the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (Crime) (QASA) goes live today, Thursday 12 July.

New Equality and Diversity Rules for barristers approved

02 July 2012

The Bar Standards Board (BSB), the regulator of barristers in England and Wales, has incorporated new equality and diversity rules into its Code of Conduct, which will be effective from 1 September 2012.

New Equality and Diversity Rules for barristers approved

02 July 2012

The Bar Standards Board (BSB), the regulator of barristers in England and Wales, has incorporated new equality and diversity rules into its Code of Conduct.  

Bar Standards Board seeks views on Bar Transfer Test

22 June 2012

The Bar Standards Board has issued a consultation reviewing the Bar Transfer Test (BTT).

Code and entity roadshow: Midlands Circuit

18 June 2012

We have launched a consultation on a new Code of Conduct for barristers, which includes its proposals for regulating new types of business structure.

Legal Education and Training Review Symposium

31 May 2012

The Legal Education and Training Review Symposium takes place from the 10-11 July 2012 at The Lowry Hotel, Manchester.

BSB statement on QASA notification scheme

17 May 2012

The Bar Standards Board, the lead regulator for courtroom advocates in England and Wales, can confirm that barristers will not be required to comply with a notification process prior to the launch of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA).

Regulators agree to share more information

04 May 2012

Regulators from across the legal, accountancy, financial and property sectors have signed a formal agreement that will allow even greater sharing of information.

Code consultation: queries about insurance requirements

26 April 2012

Code consultation: queries about insurance requirements

Perceptions of criminal advocacy report

18 April 2012

We commissioned ORC International to conduct research into the frequency with which underperformance is encountered in the criminal courts.

Board approves new E&D Rules for LSB submission

02 April 2012

At its meeting on 22 March the Board approved new Equality and Diversity Rules and a timtable for implementation.

Update on QASA agreement

23 March 2012

Update on QASA agreement

Agreement reached on QASA

23 March 2012

Agreement on a joint scheme to assure the quality of criminal advocacy has been reached by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), Bar Standards Board (BSB) and ILEX Professional Standards (IPS).

Attend our handbook and entity regulation roadshows

20 March 2012

As part of the consultation process on the new handbook and entity regulation we will be hosting roadshows across England and Wales.

BSB acts to resolve effect of past reappointment procedures of Council of the Inns of Court panel members

15 March 2012

The Bar Standards Board today confirmed the timetable for assessing the impact of past reappointment procedures for Council of the Inns of Court tribunal members.

Discussion paper developed from Literature Review

13 March 2012

A major step will be taken in the delivery of the research-based segment of the Legal Education & Training Review (LETR) now that the a key discussion paper and headline findings from the draft Literature Review have been revealed.

Barrister Connect - update for barristers and chambers

12 March 2012

Barrister Connect - update for barristers and chambers

BSB Handbook and Entity Regulation consultation released

05 March 2012

We have launched a consultation on a new Code of Conduct for barristers, which includes proposals for regulating new types of business structure.

Barrister Connect goes live

05 March 2012

We, along with the Bar Council, have today launched Barrister Connect, a new system to enable barristers to renew their practising certificates online.

BAR REGULATOR URGES SWIFT UPTAKE OF A NEW QUALITY STANDARD FOR ADVOCACY

02 March 2012

The Bar Standards Board, the lead regulator for courtroom advocates in England and Wales, has called on fellow regulators to join with it in pressing ahead with an innovative scheme to maintain and improve standards of advocacy.

BSB urges swift uptake of new quality standard for advocates

02 March 2012

BSB urges swift uptake of new quality standard for advocates

Survey – Standards of Criminal Advocacy

14 February 2012

Survey – Standards of Criminal Advocacy

BAR COUNCIL AND BAR STANDARDS BOARD RELEASE BARRISTERS’ WORKING LIVES SURVEY RESULTS

31 January 2012

We, along with the Bar Council, have today released the results of our Barristers' Working Lives survey, the first in a planned series of biennial surveys of the Bar.

Our response to convicted barrister concerns

27 January 2012

The Bar Standards Board is aware that David Friesner has continued to represent clients despite a recent criminal conviction and we share the concerns raised by barristers and the public.

BSB publishes analysis of responses to International Practising Rules consultation

27 January 2012

The Bar Standards Board has published an analysis of responses to International Practising Rules consultation, which is now available to view and download.

BAR COUNCIL AND BAR STANDARDS BOARD PUBLISH BAR BAROMETER REPORT ON THE PROFESSION

18 January 2012

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

Bar Standards Board and Bar Council publish Bar Barometer

18 January 2012

The BSB and the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, have today published the first full edition of Bar Barometer, an annual report on statistical trends within the Bar.

BPTC Online - deadline extended

12 January 2012

BPTC Online

Code review report

11 January 2012

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has published an analysis of responses to the Review of the Code of Conduct consultation, which is now available to view and download.

Professional Conduct report - third quarter

05 January 2012

Our Professional Conduct Department has relased its third quarter report, it provides a summary of the key trends and performance of the Department for the period 1 July to 30 September 2011.

BSB office closure over Christmas and New Year

23 December 2011

The BSB's offices will be closed from midday on Friday 23 December 2011 to Tuesday 3 January 2012. The offices will re-open on 4 January 2012.

BARRISTERS’ REGULATOR SEEKS TO ADD AN APTITUDE TEST TO ENTRY REQUIREMENT FOR BAR TRAINING COURSE

21 December 2011

The Bar Standards Board (BSB), the regulator of barristers in England and Wales, is consulting on the introduction of an Aptitude Test for all prospective students wishing to enter the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).

BAR STANDARDS BOARD REAPPOINTS BARONESS RUTH DEECH AS CHAIR

16 December 2011

The Bar Standards Board, the regulator of barristers in England and Wales, has announced the reappointment of its Chair, Baroness Ruth Deech, for a further three year term starting in 2012.

BSB reappoints Baroness Ruth Deech as Chair

16 December 2011

We are pleased to announce the reappointment of our Chair, Baroness Ruth Deech, for a further three year term starting in 2012.

BSB launches new website

15 December 2011

We have launched our new website today, complete with a fresh modern design and improved functionality.

Invitation to tender – assessment organisations and CPD providers for QASA

14 December 2011

The Joint Advocacy Group (JAG) which represents the Bar Standards Board, ILEX Professional Standards and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is inviting tenders from organisations to deliver assessments and CPD.

BSB seeks to make it easier for public to instruct barristers directly

01 December 2011

We are consulting on amendments to our Code of Conduct for barristers following a review of our public access rules.

BAR STANDARDS BOARD SEEKS TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO INSTRUCT BARRISTERS DIRECTLY

01 December 2011

The Bar Standards Board (BSB), the regulatory body for barristers in England and Wales, is consulting on amendments to its Code of Conduct for barristers following a review of its public access rules.

BAR REGULATORY BOARD TO BECOME LAY MAJORITY

21 September 2011

The Bar Standards Board has appointed five new lay Board members, ensuring that from January 2012 lay members will outnumber barrister members for the first time since its inception in 2006.

BAR REGULATOR APPROVED TO INTRODUCE NEW ANNUAL REGISTRATION SCHEME FOR BARRISTERS

18 August 2011

The Bar Standards Board (BSB), which regulates barristers in England and Wales, will adopt a more structured approach to barristers' registration, which will be known as authorisation to practise.

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