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Bar Standards Board welcomes CMA report into legal services

08 July 2016

The Bar Standards Board today welcomed the interim report from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

Bar regulator hosts lively debate on Future Bar Training options

08 July 2016

The BSB hosted a lively debate last night about the future of Bar training. The debate considered the three proposed options for future routes to qualification as a barrister. 

BSB announces the appointment of a new Chair and lay members of the Independent Appointments Panel.

05 July 2016

The Bar Standards Board announces the appointment of a new Chair and lay members of the Independent Appointments Panel. The new Chair is Stephen Redmond. The two new members are Jacqui Francis and Bronwen Curtis CBE. 

Unregistered barrister Tiyani Behanzin suspended for failing to cooperate with the regulator

29 June 2016

An independent disciplinary tribunal has ordered Tiyani Behanzin, an unregistered barrister, to be suspended for a minimum of 12 months until he pays outstanding financial orders. As a result, he is not entitled to hold a practising certificate in this period. 

BSB statement following the EU referendum result

24 June 2016

BSB statement following today's EU referendum result

Yawar Shah disbarred for dishonesty, following conviction for mortgage fraud

16 June 2016

Unregistered barrister Yawar Shah was ordered to be disbarred this week by an independent disciplinary tribunal, following his criminal convictions on two counts of conspiracy to defraud in 2013.

Barrister Damian McCarthy disbarred following retrial

10 June 2016

An independent disciplinary tribunal yesterday ordered barrister Damian McCarthy to be disbarred for dishonesty.

The Bar regulator to host debate on the Future Bar Training options

08 June 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is set to hostThe Future Bar Training debate next month. The debate will be a forum to discuss the options for how best to structure the process by which students can qualify as barristers.

Lloyd Aneke disbarred following reckless and improper stewardship of client money

26 May 2016

Unregistered barrister Lloyd Aneke was ordered to be disbarred on Wednesday by an independent disciplinary tribunal following his strike-off as a solicitor for recklessly and improperly handling client money.

BSB seeks Assistant Chief Examiner, Civil Litigation

23 May 2016

BSB seeks Assistant Chief Examiner, Civil Litigation

BSB seeks Examination question writers, markers and standard setters

23 May 2016

BSB seeks Examination question writers, markers and standard setters

BSB conducts thematic review on immigration services, adopts recommendations

20 May 2016

The BSB has today published the Immigration Thematic Review Report, which summarises the risks in the immigration advice and services market.

BSB seeks to improve advocacy standards within the Youth Court

20 May 2016

The Bar regulator has today announced proposals to improve advocacy standards in youth court proceedings following  research commissioned by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and CILEx Regulation last year

Email alert from the Bar Council

20 May 2016

Bar Council email alert

BSB welcomes LSB’s recommendation to the Lord Chancellor to enable it to regulate ABSs

19 May 2016

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has recommended to the Lord Chancellor that the Bar Standards Board (BSB) be permitted to regulate Alternative Business Structures (ABSs), by designating the Bar Council as a licensing authority.

BSB’s Strategic Plan and Risk Outlook launch provokes lively debate

17 May 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) officially launched its Strategic Plan 2016-19 and Risk Outlook last month at a function in central London, to an audience of barristers, representative bodies of the Bar, legal consumer organisations and diversity groups.

Katrina McCarthy disbarred for dishonesty and misleading the court

12 May 2016

Unregistered barrister Katrina McCarthy was ordered to be disbarred on Monday by an independent disciplinary tribunal, for dishonesty and misleading the court by stating she was a practising barrister when she was not.

Bar regulator has made “significant improvements”, says LSB’s report

10 May 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has made "significant improvements" as a regulator since 2012-13, says the Legal Services Board (LSB)'s today in its Regulatory Standards Report for 2015-16 about the Bar regulator.

BSB publishes new figures showing success rates for student barristers

05 May 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a new edition of its statistical information on student performance on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).

Anupama Thompson appointed as a new board member to the Bar Standards Board

04 May 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced Anupama Thompson has been appointed as a board member, with effect from 1 May 2016.

Barrister Dominic Brazil suspended from practice for 14 months

25 April 2016

Barrister Dominic Brazil was suspended from practice for 14 months by an independent disciplinary tribunal on 20 April.

Bar regulator launches survey on the Licensed Access Scheme

22 April 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today launched a survey for professionals who instruct barristers using the Licensed Access Scheme and for barristers receiving those instructions.

Barristers predict an increase in public access work

19 April 2016

Public access barristers are expecting the volume of work obtained directly from clients to increase over the next few years according to a survey undertaken jointly by the Bar Standards Board and the Legal Services Board. 

Constance Briscoe disbarred for charges relating to perverting the course of justice

15 April 2016

Barrister Constance Briscoe was today ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal, following her criminal conviction on three counts of committing acts with intent to pervert the course of public justice.