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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. 

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.