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BSB seeks panel for paid legal representation for tribunals and other hearings

16 September 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is seeking applications from chambers or other authorised organisations specialising in regulatory and disciplinary law for our new Tribunal Representation Panel (TRP), which will start operating from 1 January 2020. Those appointed to the TRP will be responsible for providing counsel to represent the BSB at the Bar’s independent disciplinary tribunals and at a range of other hearings associated with our enforcement processes.

Possible changes to pupillage recruitment and advertising

05 September 2019

We recently launched a targeted engagement programme to seek views on two proposals: mandating the use of the Pupillage Gateway timetable for pupillage recruitment (but not the use of the Gateway itself), and mandating written agreements between pupils and their Chambers or other Authorised Education and Training Organisation (AETO). We would like to thank everyone who took the time to respond. We proposed that these requirements would be introduced as conditions of AETO authorisation in November 2019, but we have now decided that, if these proposals are adopted, more time would be needed for implementation. We will announce the outcome of the engagement programme and any dates by which implementation would be required in due course.

BSB introduces new rules to remove restrictions on reporting barristers’ sexual orientation, religion and belief data

02 September 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published new rules that remove restrictions on the reporting by the profession of sexual orientation, religion and belief data.

BSB appoints members of its new Independent Decision-making Body (IDB)

02 September 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has appointed the members of its new Independent Decision-making Body (IDB) which will begin its work on 15 October.

BSB publishes its Annual Report for 2018-19

30 July 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its latest annual report summarising its achievements during the 2018-19 business year.

Barrister Henry Hendron ordered to be suspended from practice

26 July 2019

Barrister, Henry Hendron, 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).

External examiner vacancies

22 July 2019

BSB External examiner vacancies

BSB updates policy on the publication of disciplinary findings against barristers

19 July 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) last night decided to update its policy on the publication of disciplinary findings for professional misconduct. The policy will in future extend to all avenues by which the BSB puts disciplinary findings into the public domain and the lengths of time for which such findings are made publicly available have also been revised. 

BSB appoints new members to its Advisory Pool of Experts (APEX)

17 July 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has appointed five new members to its Advisory Pool of Experts (APEX).

BSB offers first conditional authorisation to a vocational training provider

11 July 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has announced that it intends to authorise the Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA) as an Authorised Education and Training Organisation (AETO) for the provision of vocational training for the Bar, subject to certain conditions.  A number of other potential training providers are also in the process of seeking authorisation so the BSB hopes that there will be lots of choice available when new courses begin in 2020.  

New report shows that training to become a barrister remains highly competitive

03 July 2019

The BSB has today published the fifth annual edition of its statistical information on student performance on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). As has previously been the case, this year's report shows that training for the Bar remains highly competitive. 

Latest edition of BSB Handbook introduces new Bar transparency rules

01 July 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published new transparency rules in a revised edition of its Handbook. The new rules are designed to improve the information available to the public before they engage the services of a barrister.

Blog: what our new Bar qualification rules could mean for you

18 June 2019

BSB Director General, Dr Vanessa Davies, sets out what the reforms mean in practice.

Barrister David Farley ordered to be suspended

07 June 2019

Barrister David Farley has been ordered to be suspended from practice by an independent disciplinary tribunal following three charges of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB). The Tribunal ordered that Mr Farley be suspended for a period of two months starting on 22 July 2019, subject to any appeal.

Call for Evidence to help improve BSB Handbook

06 June 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is today calling for evidence to help it scope a planned review of the BSB Handbook - the document which includes the Code of Conduct for barristers and the rules with which they must comply.

BSB opens recruitment for new Director General

04 June 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today begun the process to recruit a new Director General to succeed Dr Vanessa Davies, after her planned retirement at the end of this year. 

Barrister Bernadette McGurk ordered to be suspended for six months

24 May 2019

Barrister Bernadette McGurk has been ordered to be suspended from practice for six months by an independent disciplinary tribunal following charges of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

New barrister Board members for the Bar Standards Board

23 May 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced the appointment of Elizabeth Prochaska and Leslie Thomas QC as new barrister Board members.

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.

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.

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.

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.