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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.