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Bar regulator wants to remove restrictions on employed barristers, seeking views

13 October 2015

The regulator is seeking to broaden the definition of employment for barristers working in-house for organisations that are not authorised law firms, in a new consultation launched today.

Stephen Supple suspended for mishandling client monies and not cooperating with the regulator

08 October 2015

A disciplinary tribunal ordered a three-month suspension of barrister Stephen Supple on Friday, 2 October. The Tribunal found that Mr Supple, acting under a Power of Attorney, had mishandled his client's monies, and failed to cooperate with the Legal Ombudsman and the Bar Standards Board in complaints made against him. Mr Supple was instructed directly by the client, under the public access rules.

BSB Chair Sir Andrew Burns sets his vision for the future of the Bar regulator

05 October 2015

In his first keynote speech as Chair of the Bar Standards Board (BSB), Sir Andrew Burns urged barristers and key stakeholders to engage with the regulator on the future direction of Bar regulation at a networking function tonight at Lincoln's Inn.

Regulators issue consultation on minor changes to QASA

01 October 2015

Legal regulators Bar Standards Board (BSB), Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and CILEx Regulation, the three also known as the Joint Advocacy Group (JAG), are preparing for the implementation of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) by launching a new consultation today. 

QC to be disbarred following “cheating the public revenue” conviction

30 September 2015

A disciplinary tribunal ordered the disbarment of Rohan Pershad QC yesterday. This was following the BSB taking enforcement action in relation to his conviction for cheating the public revenue in February 2013, when he was sentenced to 42 months' imprisonment. 

Independent review shows Bar regulator’s complaints handling process is operating well

25 September 2015

The Bar Standards Board's complaints handling process is working well, according to a new report published today by the regulator's Independent Observer.

BSB statement on public access top-up training deadline

24 September 2015

An update about Public Access Top-Up Training: Due to last minute demand the deadline has been extended to 4 November

New board members for the Bar Standards Board, the regulator is proud to announce

02 September 2015

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced the appointment of three new board members. The new board members are: Judith Farbey QC; Naomi Ellenbogen QC; and Aidan Christie QC.

The BSB publishes Annual Report for 2014-15

31 July 2015

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has now published its 2014-2015 Annual Report which outlines the significant progress it has made towards its strategic aims.

Disbarments now the most common outcome at Disciplinary Tribunal hearings

24 July 2015

For the first time, disbarment was the most common sanction imposed by Tribunal panels with 13 barristers being disbarred in 2014-15, according to the BSB's Enforcement Annual Report published today.

Regulator consults on what could be the most sweeping reforms to Bar training in a generation; keen to seek views from all

10 July 2015

Future barristers may be able to achieve their career aspirations by a number of different, more flexible pathways if some of the approaches being considered by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) are implemented.

Bar regulator consults on reforms to the disciplinary tribunal system

07 July 2015

In an open consultation, launched today, the bar regulator is seeking views on proposals to reform the disciplinary tribunal system.

Bar Tribunal arrangements nearing completion

26 June 2015

The first quarterly report for 2015 into the implementation of the 77 required recommendations contained in Browne Review shows that more than 90% of actions have been completed.

BSB statement on the QASA Supreme Court judgment

24 June 2015

BSB statement on today’s QASA Supreme Court judgment

Immigration barrister Michael Wainwright has been disbarred, confirms bar regulator

24 June 2015

Acting dishonestly towards a client has led to former immigration barrister Michael William Wainwright being disbarred with effect from today. This follows a finding by the Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service (BTAS) that Mr Wainwright’s conduct lead to the client’s mother-in-law being deported.

Barristers best placed to chart their own CPD course, says Bar regulator

03 June 2015

Members of the Bar should be encouraged to take ownership of their own professional learning and development, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has said. 

Regulator seeks new powers

11 May 2015

The BSB has said that it needs new statutory powers to step into barristers' failing chambers, companies and partnerships properly to protect the interests of clients where something has gone seriously wrong.

New demographic statistics published

27 April 2015

The barristers' regulator, the Bar Standards Board (BSB), has today published a new set of statistical data on the demographics of the Bar. The BSB hopes the new resource will help those who want to find out more about the profession.

“Professional Statement” could be the key to unlocking flexible routes to the Bar, says regulator

15 April 2015

Using a Professional Statement to define what a newly authorised barrister should be able to do from "day one" - the point of being issued a full practising certificate - could be the key to making qualification routes to the Bar more flexible and innovative, the BSB has said.

New legal services businesses now being authorised by regulator

08 April 2015

The BSB has approved 15 new businesses as it begins authorising BSB-regulated entities - companies or partnerships that provide advocacy, litigation, and expert legal advice services. 

BSB publishes its 2015/16 Business Plan and announces review of regulation of immigration advice and services

01 April 2015

BSB publishes its 2015/16 Business Plan and announces review of regulation of immigration advice and services

Barristers: interested in becoming a BSB member?

29 March 2015

The BSB seeks to appoint two barrister members

Regulator confirms minimum insurance terms for entities

24 March 2015

The BSB has published the minimum terms of the professional indemnity insurance that it expects BSB-regulated businesses ("entities") to have in place.

Non-practising barrister convicted of assault and fraud ordered to be disbarred from the profession

24 March 2015

An independent public disciplinary tribunal has ordered the disbarment of a barrister who had previous criminal convictions for fraud; a string of assault-related offences, including assaulting two police officers; and using threatening words and behaviour.

Barristers’ regulator asks QCA to consider QC re-accreditation

23 March 2015

The barristers' regulator, the Bar Standards Board (BSB), has formally asked that Queen's Counsel Appointments (QCA) considers developing a system of re-accrediting criminal silks. 

Barrister to be disbarred for causing “serious harm to the administration of justice”

23 February 2015

A disciplinary tribunal has ordered the disbarment of a barrister for causing "serious harm to the administration of justice".

Put barristers back in charge of pupillage, says bar training regulator

20 February 2015

Chambers and employers should be put back in charge of designing the pupillage experience for aspiring barristers, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has said.

The BSB responds to the Supreme Court’s February 2015 decision on QASA

13 February 2015

The BSB responds to the Supreme Court's decision on QASA

Regulator tidies up complaint handling powers

12 February 2015

The BSB wants to tidy up the regulations in relation to complaint handling by removing the power of its Professional Conduct Committee to take "No Further Action" decisions.

BSB statement on February 2015 position on QASA

03 February 2015

BSB statement on latest position on QASA

Authorisation to Practise process now open

02 February 2015

The annual Authorisation to Practise process has now opened, featuring a new method for calculating a barristers' Practising Certificate Fee (PCF).

BSB statement on McCarthy vs. the Visitors to the Inns of Court and the Bar Standards Board

21 January 2015

BSB statement on McCarthy vs. the Visitors to the Inns of Court and the Bar Standards Board

Real appetite for change at the Bar as BSB sees rush of prospective entities in its first week of accepting applications

13 January 2015

The BSB sees rush of prospective entities in its first week of accepting applications

Bar Standards Board statement on BARSAS application system

12 January 2015

Bar Standards Board statement on BARSAS application system

A new era for the Bar beckons as barristers can now apply to set up new business models without changing regulators

05 January 2015

The Bar Standards Board is accepting applications from those wishing to set up BSB-regulated businesses ("entities").

Independent panel decides not to suspend Birmingham based barrister Tariq Rehman on an interim basis - but imposes restrictions on him taking on new public access cases

22 December 2014

An independent interim suspension panel, run by The Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service (BTAS), today decided not to suspend Birmingham based barrister Tariq Rehman, following concerns about his professional conduct.

BSB Opening hours over the 2014-15 festive period

17 December 2014

BSB Opening hours over the 2014-15 festive period

Bar Standards Board to work with CILEx Law School on in-house training

11 December 2014

The BSB is to introduce new training in the English Legal System for its support staff.

Barrister to be disbarred for misleading client about status of immigration documents

04 December 2014

An independent public disciplinary tribunal has ordered the disbarment of a barrister after it emerged that he had lied to his client about submitting to the UK Border Agency an application for discretionary leave to remain in the UK.

Legal Aid Agency publishes timetable for 2015 tender process – prospective BSB authorised entities urged to get in touch

03 December 2014

Any prospective barrister-based business entity planning to seek Bar Standards Board (BSB) authorisation and wishing to tender for the 2015 Legal Aid Agency's (LAA's) contracts, is urged to apply early for BSB entity regulation.

LSB approves BSB’s application to regulate entities

02 December 2014

The BSB is pleased to confirm that its application to the Legal Services Board to become a regulator of entities has been approved. 

Barrister ordered to be disbarred after second disciplinary hearing

02 December 2014

A barrister who successfully appealed the decision of a previous public disciplinary tribunal was yesterday ordered by a new tribunal panel to be disbarred. 

Implementation of Bar Tribunal arrangements “progressing well”

28 November 2014

A Bar Standards Board (BSB) annual report into the arrangements relating to the operation of the independent Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service (BTAS) has found no significant issues to report and improvements in the service being sustained.

BSB launches new survey for barristers about standard contractual terms

28 November 2014

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today launched a new survey for self-employed barristers and their clerks to provide information about the basis on which they are being instructed.

BSB Statement following the conviction of barrister for "bomb hoax"

26 November 2014

A statement following the conviction of barrister Michael Shrimpton yesterday for a bomb hoax.

What makes a good Youth Court advocate? Have your say.

24 November 2014

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) and Ilex Professional Standards (IPS) have today called on barristers’ and chartered legal executives’ experiences and expertise to help the regulators establish the skills and knowledge required to work effectively and competently in the Youth Justice System.

Barristers disbarred for repeatedly refusing to pay thousands of pounds in fines and costs

12 November 2014

Two public disciplinary tribunals have each ordered the disbarment of two barristers for repeatedly refusing to pay almost £12,000 in fines and costs between them.

Barrister with history of misconduct disbarred for “persistent departure” from professional standards

12 November 2014

An independent public disciplinary tribunal has ordered the disbarment of a barrister after his professional conduct was described by the panel's chair as representing a "persistent departure from the standards expected of a barrister". 

Regulator removes restrictions on CPD Providers to create more efficient accreditation scheme

11 November 2014

The current accreditation system for continuing professional development is to be overhauled and replaced with a more efficient scheme in the New Year, the Bar Standards Board has announced.  

Future Bar Training Workshop - Help us describe the skills and knowledge all newly-qualified barristers need from day one

03 November 2014

The BSB will be holding a series of interactive workshops for members of the Bar to share their thoughts on the knowledge, skills and attributes that anyone entering the profession should be able to demonstrate at the point of qualification. 

BSB launches ambitious new programme to reshape legal education and training and tells the Bar: we want your help

31 October 2014

BSB launches ambitious new programme to reshape legal education and training. 

BSB agrees to remove barristers’ registration deadline for QASA

24 October 2014

Bar Standards Board agrees to remove barristers' registration deadline for Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA)

BSB’s new approach to working with chambers can help improve barristers’ businesses

24 October 2014

New report on pilot supervision visits shows the BSB's new approach to working with chambers can help improve barristers' businesses

Current guidance on returning instructions “the most appropriate way of protecting clients’ interests”

24 October 2014

The BSB has agreed that there is to be no new guidance on situations where barristers can, or are obliged to, withdraw their services - known as "returning instructions". 

Bar Standards Board welcomes new Legal Services Board Chief Executive

23 October 2014

The BSB welcomes the appointment of the new Chief Executive of the Legal Services Board

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

15 October 2014

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

Wanted: views on the cost of legal services regulation

13 October 2014

The Legal Services Board

Call for evidence: review of standard contractual terms and cab rank rule

10 October 2014

Call for evidence: review of standard contractual terms and cab rank rule

Court of Appeal dismisses legal challenge to quality assurance scheme for advocates (QASA)

07 October 2014

An appeal against the High Court's decision to dismiss a judicial review of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) has been rejected by the Court of Appeal

Reminder to Public Access barristers

03 October 2014

Public Access barristers who have not yet undertaken the required top-up training have 12 months left to do so

BSB enforcement activity producing better outcomes: time taken to investigate complaints against barristers reducing

19 September 2014

Publication of PCD Annual Report - enforcement activity is producing better outcomes and the time taken to investigate complaints against barristers is reducing.

New board members for the Bar Standards Board

19 September 2014

New board members announced for the Bar Standards Board

Independent review shows Bar Standards Board’s complaints handling process “fair, consistent, and well-reasoned”

19 September 2014

Independent review shows Bar Standards Board’s complaints handling process “fair, consistent, and well-reasoned”

Bar Standards Board launches consultation on entity authorisation fees

11 September 2014

Bar Standards Board consultation on entity authorisation fees

REMINDER: Last chance to have your say on entity regulation rule changes and insurance

02 September 2014

REMINDER: Last chance to have your say on entity regulation rule changes and insurance

The BSB publishes Annual Report for 2013-14

28 July 2014

The BSB has now published its 2013-14 Annual Report, which outlines the significant progress we have made towards our strategic aims

New Chair of the Bar Standards Board announced

22 July 2014

The Bar Standards Board has announced that Sir Andrew Burns KCMG has been appointed as the new Chair of the BSB with effect from 1 January 2015. 

Barrister to be disbarred for multiple charges of serious misconduct

17 July 2014

A disciplinary tribunal has ordered the disbarment of a barrister after she admitted a series of charges of serious misconduct. 

BSB launches consultation on entity regulation rule changes and insurance

10 July 2014

The BSB launches consultation on entity regulation rule changes and insurance

Want to share your views on our regulatory regime for entities? Come along to one of our consultation meetings

10 July 2014

The BSB is seeking views on specific aspects of its proposals for regulating entities - companies or partnerships that provide advocacy, litigation, and expert legal advice services.

Bar Barometer tenancy figures corrected

02 July 2014

Bar Barometer tenancy figures corrected

BSB statement on Public Access rules and foreign work

01 July 2014

BSB statement on Public Access rules and foreign work

New businesses for barristers – BSB seeks approval to become a regulator of entities

27 June 2014

The Bar Standards Board has applied to the Legal Services Board to become a regulator of entities.

Barrister to be disbarred for dishonesty

24 June 2014

A barrister who lied about her employment status and history has been ordered by an independent disciplinary tribunal to be disbarred from the profession.

Barristers’ Regulator welcomes discussions on accreditation and training for appearance in Youth Courts

19 June 2014

The BSB welcomes discussions on accreditation and training for appearance in Youth Courts

BSB and Bar Council release Barristers' Working Lives Survey results

18 June 2014

Bar Standards Board and Bar Council release Barristers' Working Lives Survey' results from the second biennial survey of the Bar

New Equality objectives for 2014-15

03 June 2014

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has developed and adopted five new equality objectives for 2014-15.

Reminder to chambers: fair recruitment rule comes into force on 1 July 2014

02 June 2014

Reminder to chambers: fair recruitment rule comes into force on 1 July 2014

Barrister who failed to pay £5,000 tribunal fine to be disbarred

30 May 2014

Barrister who failed to pay £5,000 tribunal fine to be disbarred

Barrister to be disbarred for tax fraud of almost £80,000

28 May 2014

A barrister who avoided paying over £77,000 in income tax and VAT was ordered to be disbarred from the profession, following an independent public disciplinary tribunal.

Bar Standards Board starts spot-checking CPD record cards

22 May 2014

The BSB has started conducting random spot-checks of barristers' CPD record cards. 

Bar Standards Board statement on QASA following latest Court of Appeal decision

15 May 2014

BSB statement on QASA following latest Court of Appeal decision

Joint Advocacy Group statement on QASA

09 May 2014

Joint Advocacy Group statement on QASA

Bar Barometer tenancy figures corrected

07 May 2014

The Bar Council and BSB have re-published the Bar Barometer 2014 with corrected tenancy figures

The BSB responds to the Jeffrey Review into independent advocacy in England and Wales

07 May 2014

The Bar Standards Board responds to the Jeffrey Review into independent advocacy in England and Wales

BSB statement on Kaplan’s decision to discontinue its BPTC Programme

02 May 2014

BSB statement on Kaplan’s decision to discontinue its BPTC Programme

BSB statement on the government’s response to the call for evidence on the review of the legal services regulatory framework

01 May 2014

BSB statement on the government's response to the call for evidence on the review of the legal services regulatory framework

Chambers: deadline for Impact Audit survey extended to 1 May

28 April 2014

Chambers: deadline for Impact Audit survey extended to 1 May

Joint Advocacy Group statement on QASA registration timetable

16 April 2014

Joint Advocacy Group statement on changes to QASA registration timetable

The Bar Standards Board publishes new Business Plan for 2014-15

07 April 2014

BSB Business Plan 2014-15 published

Recruitment of next Chair of the Bar Standards Board

06 April 2014

The BSB is now recruiting for a lay Chair to succeed Baroness Deech QC (Hon), whose term of office ends on 31 December 2014

Correction: Bar Barometer 2014

04 April 2014

Correction: The Bar Barometer 2014

Barrister to be disbarred for past involvement in multi-million pound mortgage fraud

01 April 2014

A barrister who was struck off as a solicitor for being involved in a multi-million pound mortgage fraud has been disbarred.

Chambers: keep an eye out this week for your Impact Audit surveys

01 April 2014

All chambers should this week receive a notice alerting them to their Impact Audit survey - part of the BSB's new approach to supervision.

Statistics and trends in the barristers’ profession published

01 April 2014

The Bar Barometer 2014 presents data for the main stages of training for the Bar and for those in practice.

Barrister who represented clients in criminal trial while suspended to be disbarred

21 March 2014

Barrister who represented clients in criminal trial while suspended to be disbarred.

REMINDER: All pupillages must be advertised on the Pupillage Gateway

10 March 2014

The BSB reminds members of the Bar that pupillages must be advertised on the  Pupillage Gateway

New guidance will help barristers carry out their duties to clients, says regulator

05 March 2014

New guidance for solicitors will help barristers carry out their duties to clients.