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Civil standard of proof to be adopted in professional misconduct proceedings for barristers

01 April 2019

The new edition of the BSB Handbook published earlier today adopts the civil standard of proof for professional misconduct proceedings to alleged breaches of the Code by barristers occurring after 31 March.

New BSB Strategic Plan sets out regulatory priorities

29 March 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its Strategic Plan for 2019-22, its Business Plan for 2019-20, and its latest Risk Outlook on the market for barristers' services.  

BSB signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Inns of Court

28 March 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) last night signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Inns of Court. It recognises the vital role that the Inns will continue to have in the education, training and qualification of barristers in England and Wales when new Bar qualification rules go live next week.

Barrister John Guess ordered to be disbarred

21 March 2019

Barrister John Guess was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held on 19 March 2019, following charges of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

BSB seeks up to two new barrister Board members

21 February 2019

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

BSB agrees new transparency rules for the Bar

01 February 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) last night agreed new rules to improve transparency standards for barristers' clients. Subject to Legal Services Board (LSB) approval, the new rules will come into force in May 2019, with compliance spot-checking by the regulator starting from 2020.

Diversity at the Bar improved steadily during 2018 but further progress is needed

01 February 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its annual report on diversity at the Bar. The report shows that progress was made in 2018 with regard to both diversity at the Bar and to the disclosure rates of barristers providing data.

Barrister Martha Knowlden ordered to be suspended for four months

22 January 2019

Barrister, Martha Knowlden, has been ordered to be suspended by an independent disciplinary tribunal following findings of professional misconduct on charges brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

BSB seeks new members for its Advisory Pool of Experts (APEX)

22 January 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is recruiting new members to its Advisory Pool of Experts (APEX).

BSB reviews pupillage recruitment practice at the Bar

21 January 2019

New research published today presents the Bar Standards Board's (BSB's) review of the way in which pupillages were advertised in 2018 and in the selection criteria used by barristers' chambers.