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

10 May 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB), the independent regulatory body for barristers in England and Wales, is seeking an Independent Reviewer to provide assurance and review functions in relation to our regulatory decision making.   This is an exciting period of change for the BSB and we would like to encourage a more diverse range of people to join us in taking forward changes to our governance and decision-making structure.

Unregistered Barrister Michael O’Maoileoin ordered to be disbarred

09 May 2019

Unregistered Barrister Michael O'Maoileoin, called to the Bar of England and Wales by Inner Temple in October 2004, was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held on 8 May 2019, following charges of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

BSB seeking views on pupillage recruitment and advertising timetable

07 May 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is writing to key stakeholders to ask whether it should be made mandatory for Chambers and other Authorised Education and Training Organisations (AETOs) providing the pupillage / work-based learning component of Bar training to bring their recruitment timetable into line with the Pupillage Gateway. Currently, the gateway timetable is between November and May. All pupillages must currently be advertised on the Gateway but the BSB believes that obliging all those offering pupillage to recruit to the same timetable would make recruitment fairer for all candidates.

Barrister Clyde Stevens ordered to be disbarred

16 April 2019

Barrister Clyde Stevens was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held on 15 April 2019, following charges of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

Wanted: Assistant Chief Examiner, Criminal Litigation

09 April 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) regulates barristers called to the Bar in England and Wales in the public interest. We are responsible for setting the education and training requirements for becoming a barrister. The vocational stage of training, the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), ensures that students intending to become barristers acquire the skills, knowledge of procedure and evidence, attitudes and competence to prepare them for pupillage.

New edition of BSB Handbook introduces new Bar qualification rules

01 April 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a new edition of its Handbook which sees new Bar qualification rules come into force.

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.

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).