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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.

Barrister Neil Frew ordered to be disbarred following criminal conviction for fraud

18 January 2019

Unregistered barrister, Neil Frew, was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held on 17 January 2019, following five findings of professional misconduct on charges brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

Wanted: Assistant Chief Examiner, Professional Ethics

03 January 2019

Assistant Chief Examiner, Professional Ethics

Wanted: question writers and markers for Civil Litigation, Criminal Litigation and professional ethics

03 January 2019

Wanted: question writers and markers for Civil Litigation, Criminal Litigation and professional ethics

Barrister John Mitton ordered to be disbarred for misleading client

18 December 2018

Barrister John Grahame Mitton was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held on 17 December 2018, following two charges of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

New barrister Board member for the Bar Standards Board

17 December 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced the appointment of Irena Sabic as a new barrister Board member.

BSB opening hours

14 December 2018

The Bar Standards Board's offices will be closed from midday Friday 21 December 2018 and will reopen on Wednesday 2 January 2019.

BSB publishes latest draft of the framework for authorising Bar training providers

07 December 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published the latest draft of its Authorisation Framework for the Approval of Education and Training Organisations (AETOs), who provide vocational training and pupillage and other forms of work-based learning for those training for the Bar.

Minimum pupillage award from 1 September 2019 announced

06 December 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced that the rate for the minimum pupillage award that will apply from 1 September 2019 will be £18,436 per annum for pupillages in London and £15,728 per annum for pupillages outside London.

BSB seeks views on how to recover costs for overseeing new Bar training rules

06 December 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today launched a consultation seeking views on the charging model it proposes to introduce for organisations providing Bar training. These organisations are known as Authorised Education and Training Organisations (AETOs).

Strategy consultation event cancelled

03 December 2018

Our Strategy consultation event, scheduled for 6 December, has been cancelled.

High levels of compliance amongst barristers with new CPD scheme

23 November 2018

Following the introduction in 2017 of a new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme for barristers of more than three years' standing, most of those who were assessed by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) were found to have successfully complied with the requirements.

BSB introduces new intervention rules

23 November 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today introduced an updated version of its Handbook to introduce new rules governing regulatory interventions.

BSB appoints Capsticks to provide external legal support for its regulatory decision-making

22 November 2018

Following a tender exercise, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) is pleased to have appointed Capsticks to provide external legal advice and support in relation to its regulation of barristers.

Bogus email purporting to come from the BSB

07 November 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has been made aware today of a bogus email purporting to come from the BSB and inviting the reader to click on a hyperlink for details of a supposed invoice.

BSB seeks barrister and lay members for its new Independent Decision-Making Body

02 November 2018

The BSB is seeking barrister and lay members for its new Independent Decision-Making Body.

Regulator agrees new Bar training rules

26 October 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) last night agreed a revised set of rules to govern the process by which prospective barristers will train and qualify in England and Wales. Subject to Legal Services Board (LSB) approval, the new rules will come into force in early 2019.

BSB seeks views on its strategic priorities for 2019-22

22 October 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today  published a consultation seeking views on its strategic priorities and aims for the next three-year period starting in April 2019, supported by updated analysis of the key risks facing the Bar.

BSB information for lawyers from the European Economic Area after Brexit

12 October 2018

The UK Government has today published the Services Technical Notice (TN). This includes a basic description of the arrangements for the regulation of legal services activities and those individuals and bodies who deliver them in the event of a "no-deal" Brexit.

New guidance for professional clients when instructing immigration barristers

11 October 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published guidance for professional clients of barristers and advisors regulated by the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) to provide them with useful information when instructing immigration barristers. 

BSB invites tenders for providers to deliver Public Access training

08 October 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is inviting tenders from training providers to become accredited to deliver Public Access training to barristers from January 2019 onwards.

BSB improves efficiency in complaint handling

28 September 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its Enforcement Report

BSB seeks up to two new barrister Board members

24 September 2018

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

Barrister Michael Shrimpton ordered to be disbarred following criminal convictions.

20 September 2018

Barrister Michael Shrimpton was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held on 19 and 20 September 2018, following two charges brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

BSB seeks views on draft of new Bar transparency rules

13 September 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today launched a consultation to seek views about its proposed new rules to improve transparency standards for clients of the Bar. 

Barrister Forz Khan's suspension reduced to three months following appeal

24 August 2018

Following an appeal, barrister Forz Khan's sanction for the matter described in our Press Release of 24 March 2018 was reduced to a total of three-month's suspension

BSB welcomes Select Committee Report into sexual harassment

27 July 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today welcomed the report published earlier this week by the Women and Equalities Commons Select Committee.

BSB publishes its Annual Report for 2017-18

25 July 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its latest annual report summarising its achievements during the 2017-18 business year.

BSB seeks views on draft of new Bar training rules

19 July 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today launched a consultation to seek views as to whether their proposed new rules for the training and qualification of barristers provide the right framework to give effect to the new policies announced recently by the regulator as part of its Future Bar Training (FBT) programme.

Infrastructure maintenance on the 14th/15th of July

11 July 2018

As part of the continuous improvement to our security and infrastructure, we will be making a number of changes to our network this weekend.

Newly qualified barristers benefit from regular guidance by experienced practitioners but levels of support vary

06 July 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published research about the effectiveness of its rules that require newly qualified barristers with less than three years' standing to have readily available access to an experienced practitioner - a Qualified Person (QP) - for support and guidance.

BSB explains how it assures competence at the Bar

05 July 2018

Following its decision last year not to implement the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA), the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published more detail about how it assures the competence of barristers.

Barrister Mark William Smith ordered to be suspended for one month for failing to provide a competent standard of work to a client

05 July 2018

Barrister Mark William Smith has been ordered to be suspended from practice for one month by an independent disciplinary tribunal following charges of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

BSB appoints new Advisory Pool of Experts members

03 July 2018

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

Barrister Ehi Ukiwa ordered to be suspended for six months for appearing in court on behalf of a client before being authorised to do so

29 June 2018

Barrister Ehi Andrew Ukiwa has been ordered to be suspended from practice for six months by an independent disciplinary tribunal following charges of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

BSB shares good practice for barristers and advice for clients on consumer feedback

28 June 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published new guidance that aims to encourage barristers to follow good practice when they receive feedback from their clients. It has also published a guide for the public about using and leaving feedback about barristers' services.

Regulators publish reports into criminal advocacy standards

27 June 2018

Barristers and solicitor advocates representing clients in criminal courts are generally delivering a competent service to the public, two reports released today have found.

BSB appoints two new members to the Governance, Risk and Audit Committee

19 June 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced two appointments to its Governance, Risk and Audit Committee (GRA).

BSB invites tenders for authorised body to provide legal support

18 June 2018

The BSB has today invited tenders from bodies authorised to provide reserved legal activities to provide legal advice and representation for the next three year period from September 2018 until September 2021.

BSB website due to be down for maintenance: 5pm-5.30pm 15 June 2018

14 June 2018

BSB website due to be down for maintenance: 5pm -5.30pm 15 June 2018

Can you help the BSB to improve the quality of its research?

11 June 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) does important research in a number of areas and its results are widely respected and reported in both the trade and national Press.   To improve further the quality of our research we are now seeking to build on our current peer review arrangements by establishing an Independent Research Peer Review Panel in accordance with our published  Research Strategy.

Barrister Lisa Freeman ordered to be suspended for three months

07 June 2018

Barrister Lisa Freeman has been ordered to be suspended from practice for three months by an independent disciplinary tribunal after admitting a charge of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

BSB agrees further key elements for the future of Bar training

30 May 2018

Following its recent consultation, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has agreed in principle how it should move forward with several further aspects of its review into the training and qualification of barristers.

BSB agrees actions to tackle unfair treatment of women at the Bar

17 May 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced how it intends to work with the profession to make further progress in eliminating the discrimination, harassment and other unfair treatment of female barristers.

New report shows that becoming a barrister remains highly competitive

10 May 2018

The BSB has today published the fourth annual edition of its statistical information on student performance on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).

BSB publishes a new guide for barristers working with vulnerable immigration clients

18 April 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published an online guide to assist immigration barristers when they work closely with vulnerable clients. The new resource will help immigration barristers to identify, assess and manage vulnerability as well as help them to meet their regulatory and other legal duties.

BSB seeks views on removing the restriction on reporting sexual orientation and religion and belief data

11 April 2018

At the request of the Bar Council, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) is seeking views on whether to remove certain restrictions on the reporting by the profession of sexual orientation and religion and belief data.

BSB sets priorities for the next 12 months

26 March 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its annual Business Plan for 2018-19 in which it sets its main priorities for the year.

BSB agrees approach on the role of the Inns of Court in the future of Bar training

23 March 2018

Following its recent consultation, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has agreed in principle how it should prescribe the future role of the Inns of Court in the training and qualification of barristers.

BSB leads debate about race equality at the Bar

15 March 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a report of the event it hosted last month to consider how to improve race equality at the Bar.

Barrister Maureen Obi-Ezekpazu ordered to be suspended for three months for failing to comply with a Legal Ombudsman order

13 March 2018

Barrister Maureen Obi-Ezekpazu has been ordered to be suspended from practice for three months by an independent disciplinary tribunal following a charge brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).  

BSB opens recruitment for Governance, Risk and Audit (GRA) Committee Members

12 March 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has begun the process to recruit two new members for the Governance, Risk and Audit (GRA) Committee.

BSB seeks views on modernising its regulatory decision-making

08 March 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today launched a new consultation seeking views on the final phase of the Governance Reform outlined in its 2016-19 Strategic Plan. The BSB now proposes to change how it deals with the information it receives as the regulator and to revise its decision-making structures in relation to professional conduct issues.  

Unregistered barrister Anisah Ahmed disbarred for falsifying information in pupillage application

28 February 2018

Unregistered barrister Anisah Ahmed was ordered to be disbarred from the Bar of England and Wales at an independent disciplinary tribunal hearing held on Tuesday 27 February 2018, following charges brought by the Bar Standards Board.

New website launched for barristers and chambers: MyBar self-service portal opens for Authorisation to Practise process 2018

26 February 2018

A new self-service website for barristers and chambers to renew their practising certificates, update regulatory information, pay the Bar Representation Fee (BRF), manage subscriptions and applications and to book training, has been jointly launched by the Bar Council and the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

BSB agrees approach to improve transparency for clients of the Bar

23 February 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has set out a revised approach to improve transparency standards for clients of the Bar. This responds to the recent Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) market study of legal services and takes full account of responses to a recent BSB consultation.

New bogus emails purporting to come from the BSB

19 February 2018

The BSB has been made aware of a number of further bogus emails purporting to come from the BSB and inviting the reader to click on a hyperlink for details of a supposed invoice. 

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

12 February 2018

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

BSB publishes new version of its Handbook

01 February 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published the latest version of the BSB Handbook which contains the Code of Conduct for barristers in England and Wales. This introduces new authorisation to practise requirements, streamlines the public and licensed access rules, and introduces new obligations for barristers and BSB regulated entities to comply with the new Anti-Money Laundering Regulations. The new rules mean that there are four new reporting requirements for barristers looking to apply for or renew their practising certificates.

The Bar became more diverse during 2017 although further progress is still needed

26 January 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its annual report on Diversity at the Bar. The report shows that progress was made in 2017 with regard to both diversity at the Bar and to the disclosure rates of barristers providing data.

BSB seeking new barrister members for its Professional Conduct Committee

04 January 2018

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

New Board members for the Bar Standards Board

19 December 2017

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

BSB opening hours

14 December 2017

The Bar Standards Board's offices will be closed from midday Thursday 21 December 2017 and will reopen on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

New research published to help inform Future Bar Training decisions

11 December 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published two new pieces of research that are intended to provide a qualitative and quantitative evidence base to inform the current decision-making about the future training of barristers.

Barrister Hilary Roberts suspended for two months for failing to comply with a County Court Order

01 December 2017

Barrister Hilary Roberts was suspended for two months by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held yesterday following charges brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

BSB to take a new approach towards assuring quality at the Bar

29 November 2017

The Bar Standards Board has decided to take a new approach towards the quality assurance of barristers following a review. The BSB will not therefore implement the earlier scheme, the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA).

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

24 November 2017

Following a public consultation earlier this year, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has decided to change the standard of proof applied when barristers, and others regulated by the BSB, face disciplinary proceedings for professional misconduct. 

Baroness Blackstone to be the new Chair of the Bar Standards Board

23 November 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced that The Rt Hon the Baroness Blackstone will succeed Sir Andrew Burns KCMG as its new Chair on 1 January 2018.

BSB publishes updated disciplinary tribunal regulations and rules on parental leave in new BSB Handbook

01 November 2017

A new rule clarifying how vulnerable witnesses give evidence is one of a set of new and updated disciplinary tribunal regulations to be published in the new version of the BSB handbook. The revised Handbook also contains new rules about shared parental leave, in addition to some minor amendments to provide additional clarity.

BSB to revise rules relating to authorisation to practise and public access work following consultations

27 October 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has approved a number of rule changes for barristers renewing their practising certificates and for those doing public access work following recent consultations.

BSB seeks views on updating some of the rules governing barrister training and qualification

03 October 2017

As part of its ongoing Future Bar Training (FBT) programme, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today launched a new consultation on a number of aspects of the way in which barristers train and qualify. 

BSB proposes targeted approach to CMA disclosure recommendations: focuses on consumers who would benefit most

02 October 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a new consultation outlining its proposed response to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) recommendations for more transparency about legal service providers' fees, services and rights of redress for consumers.

BSB publishes two-year research strategy

29 September 2017

BSB publishes two-year research strategy

BSB appoints new pool of Authorisation Review Panel members and an advisory expert

26 September 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced eight appointments to its pool of Authorisations Review panellists and one to its Advisory Pool of Experts (APEX).

Khawar Qureshi QC: Statement by the BSB

19 September 2017

Khawar Qureshi QC: Statement by the BSB

BSB opens recruitment for Governance, Risk and Audit (GRA) Committee Barrister Member

23 August 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has begun the process to recruit a new barrister member for the Governance, Risk and Audit (GRA) Committee.

Bogus emails purporting to come from the BSB

16 August 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has been made aware of a number of bogus emails purporting to come from the BSB and inviting the reader to click on a hyperlink for details of a supposed invoice. 

Translations available for guidance on immigration and asylum related legal issues

10 August 2017

Following the publication of our guidance for professionals and the public on immigration and asylum issues in June 2017, translated versions are now available

BSB increases efficiency in handling complaints

01 August 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its  Enforcement Annual Report  for 2016-17.

The BSB publishes its Annual Report for 2016-17

01 August 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its latest annual report summarising its achievements during the 2016-17 business year.

Unregistered barrister Chukwuma Emele disbarred for dishonest conduct when practising as a solicitor and for failing to declare this when being called to the Bar

17 July 2017

Unregistered barrister Chukwuma Emele was ordered to be disbarred from the Bar of England and Wales at an independent disciplinary tribunal hearing held on Friday 14 July, following charges brought by the Bar Standards Board.

Barristers are serving family law clients well, says new BSB research

11 July 2017

The BSB has today published the findings of its research with people who have used barristers' services during family legal proceedings. The findings show that most of those who took part in the research were positive about the service they received from their barrister.

BSB opens recruitment for lay Chair and lay Board members

05 July 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has begun the process to recruit a new Chair to succeed Sir Andrew Burns KCMG whose term of office ends on 31 December 2017. It is also seeking three new lay Board members to take up position at the same time.

New guidance for the public and for professionals on immigration and asylum related legal issues

30 June 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published two new guidance documents on immigration and asylum issues. 

BSB outlines its plan to act on CMA recommendations

29 June 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its plan to address the recommendations contained in the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) report into legal services.

BSB issues consultation on simplifying the Public and Licensed Access Rules

26 June 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a new consultation on potential changes to the rules governing the Public and Licensed Access schemes for barristers. 

BSB invites tenders for an internal auditor

23 June 2017

The BSB has today invited tenders from providers of internal auditing services for the next three-and-a-half-year period from 2017 until 2021.

Becoming a barrister remains highly competitive, new report shows

19 June 2017

The BSB has today published the third annual edition of its statistical information on student performance on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).

BSB publishes consultation on new declaration rules for barristers

12 June 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a consultation on a new set of proposals to require barristers to declare a range of information about their practice to the regulator every year when applying for their practising certificate. This also includes new and returning barristers.

Oliver Zachary White ordered to be suspended for a total of two years for several practice failings

09 June 2017

Oliver Zachary White will be unable to practise as a barrister in England and Wales for the next two years, because he has been ordered to be suspended by two separate independent disciplinary tribunals for a number of different failings in his practice.

Unregistered barristers Benjamin and Isaac Marrache disbarred, following convictions for fraud in Gibraltar

09 June 2017

Unregistered barristers and brothers Benjamin and Isaac Marrache were ordered to be disbarred from the Bar of England and Wales at two separate independent disciplinary tribunal hearings yesterday, following charges brought by the Bar Standards Board.

Innovation happening, but no strong need to change the traditional chambers model, say respondents to BSB survey

30 May 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its report into the provision of legal services by barristers. The report contains the results of an online survey conducted in September and October 2016 with barristers about the future delivery of legal services.

BSB to appoint new Chair from 2018

26 May 2017

The Bar Standards Board is to seek a new Chair to take office after the term of the current Chair, Sir Andrew Burns KCMG, expires in December 2017.

BSB proposes change to its rules to require chambers to allow all self-employed barristers access to parental leave

26 May 2017

At its meeting last night, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) agreed to change the equality rules to enable all self-employed barristers in chambers to take parental leave, regardless of whether their spouse or partner takes parental leave.

Peter Richard Collins disbarred for dishonestly withholding fees from his chambers

19 May 2017

Barrister Peter Richard Collins was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held yesterday, following charges brought by the regulator.