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Barrister Richard Keogh ordered to be suspended from practice for 28 days

08 October 2019

Barrister Richard Keogh, called to the Bar of England and Wales by Middle Temple in November 1991, was ordered to be suspended from practice by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held on 7 October, following charges of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB). The tribunal ordered that Mr Keogh be suspended for a period of twenty-eight days starting on 7 October 2019, subject to any appeal.

Barrister Naseem Bajwa ordered to be suspended for 12 months

03 October 2019

Barrister Naseem Bajwa, called to the Bar of England and Wales by Gray's Inn in March 2012, was ordered to be suspended from practice by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held on 1 October, following charges of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB). The tribunal ordered that Mr Bajwa be suspended for a period of twelve months starting on 1 October 2019, subject to any appeal.

Bar Standards Board appoints a new Director General

03 October 2019

The Bar Standards Board has appointed Mark Neale to be its new Director General.  He will take over from Dr Vanessa Davies after her planned retirement on 31 January 2020.  Dr Davies has led the BSB for the past nine years.

Barrister Peter Moss ordered to be disbarred

30 September 2019

Barrister Peter Moss, called to the Bar of England and Wales by Middle Temple in November 1980, was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held on 27 September 2019, following charges of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

BSB appoints new Independent Reviewer

25 September 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has appointed Velia Soames to the new role of Independent Reviewer. The appointment is part of wider changes to our regulatory decision-making processes that will be introduced on 15 October.

Unregistered Barrister Azfar Naseem Bajwa ordered to be disbarred

23 September 2019

Unregistered barrister Azfar Naseem Bajwa, called to the Bar of England and Wales by Gray’s Inn in July 1996, was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held on 19 September 2019, following charges of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

BSB seeks panel for paid legal representation for tribunals and other hearings

16 September 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is seeking applications from chambers or other authorised organisations specialising in regulatory and disciplinary law for our new Tribunal Representation Panel (TRP), which will start operating from 1 January 2020. Those appointed to the TRP will be responsible for providing counsel to represent the BSB at the Bar’s independent disciplinary tribunals and at a range of other hearings associated with our enforcement processes.

Possible changes to pupillage recruitment and advertising

05 September 2019

We recently launched a targeted engagement programme to seek views on two proposals: mandating the use of the Pupillage Gateway timetable for pupillage recruitment (but not the use of the Gateway itself), and mandating written agreements between pupils and their Chambers or other Authorised Education and Training Organisation (AETO). We would like to thank everyone who took the time to respond. We proposed that these requirements would be introduced as conditions of AETO authorisation in November 2019, but we have now decided that, if these proposals are adopted, more time would be needed for implementation. We will announce the outcome of the engagement programme and any dates by which implementation would be required in due course.

BSB introduces new rules to remove restrictions on reporting barristers’ sexual orientation, religion and belief data

02 September 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published new rules that remove restrictions on the reporting by the profession of sexual orientation, religion and belief data.

BSB appoints members of its new Independent Decision-making Body (IDB)

02 September 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has appointed the members of its new Independent Decision-making Body (IDB) which will begin its work on 15 October.