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BSB announces new regulatory approach to improve advocacy standards within Youth Courts

24 February 2017

At its Board meeting last night, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) agreed new measures to improve standards of advocacy within Youth Courts.

Barrister Omar Mohammed Khan disbarred for conspiring to supply cocaine

24 February 2017

Barrister Omar Khan was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing on Friday 24 February, following his conviction for conspiring to supply a controlled drug of Class A (cocaine).

Unregistered barrister Rajesh Babajee disbarred for misappropriating client funds as a solicitor

17 February 2017

Unregistered barrister Rajesh Babajee was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing on Thursday 16 February, following his striking-off as a solicitor in April last year.

Barrister Sanjay Roy disbarred following conviction for putting a woman in fear of violence by harassment

17 February 2017

Barrister Sanjay Roy was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal, at a hearing held on Friday, 17 February 2017.

BSB invites tenders from recruitment specialists to help with appointments

14 February 2017

The BSB has today invited tenders from recruitment specialists to help it with a number of appointments due within the organisation over the next two to three years.

BSB publishes two-year equality and diversity strategy

10 February 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its Equality and Diversity Strategy for 2017-2019. This follows the publication of its  Diversity at the Bar Report

BSB report shows diversity at the Bar heading slowly in the right direction but that further progress is needed

27 January 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its annual report on Diversity at the Bar. The report shows that progress was made in 2016 with regard to both diversity at the Bar itself and to the disclosure rates of barristers providing data.

BSB approves new governance principles and agrees to simplify decision-making

27 January 2017

At its meeting on Thursday 26 January, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) agreed a new set of governance principles.

REMINDER: All pupillages must be advertised on the Pupillage Gateway

20 January 2017

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) reminds members of the Bar that pupillages must be advertised on the Pupillage Gateway

Vanessa Gibson-Marks disbarred following conviction for theft

17 January 2017

St Vincent and the Grenadines-based unregistered barrister Vanessa Gibson-Marks was ordered to be disbarred from the Bar of England and Wales by an independent disciplinary tribunal at a hearing held on Monday, 16 January 2017. The order follows charges brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

BSB adds three barristers to pool of advisory experts

21 December 2016

The Bar Standards Board has today announced three new appointments to its Advisory Pool of Experts (APEX), a group of specialists who will provide independent advice on the regulator's work.

BSB opening hours over the 2016-17 festive period

16 December 2016

The Bar Standards Board's offices will be closed from midday Thursday 22 December 2016 and will reopen on Tuesday 3 January 2017.

BSB statement on the CMA report into the legal services market

15 December 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has welcomed the Competition and Markets Authority's report following its market study into the supply of legal services in England and Wales.

New regime for barristers’ CPD starts 1 January: BSB publishes guidance and template

13 December 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published guidance and a template to help practising barristers of more than three years' standing comply with the new CPD scheme, which starts on 1 January 2017. 

Barrister Jonathan Simpson suspended for 12 months following conviction for stalking

12 December 2016

Barrister Jonathan Simpson was suspended for 12 months by an independent disciplinary Tribunal at a hearing on Monday, 12 December, following a charge brought by the Bar's regulator, the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

BSB welcomes Ministry of Justice review into youth justice

12 December 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) welcomes the Ministry of Justice's  review into youth justice

Unregistered barrister Philip Pawson disbarred for dishonesty

08 December 2016

Unregistered barrister Philip Pawson was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary Tribunal at a hearing on Wednesday 7 December, following charges brought by the barristers' regulator.

Note about an email scam targeting barristers

02 December 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has been made aware this morning about a bogus email targeting barristers.

BSB extends Future Bar Training consultation to include a new proposal from COIC and the Bar Council

01 December 2016

On 3 October, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) issued a consultation document outlining three possible approaches towards the future of Bar training.

We are recruiting an Assistant Chief Examiner, Criminal Litigation

28 November 2016

Assistant Chief Examiner, Criminal Litigation

BSB appoints new pool of advisory experts

25 November 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced the first appointments to its new Advisory Pool of Experts (APEX).

New Board members for the Bar Standards Board

25 November 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced the appointment of three new lay Board members.

New tribunal hearing disbars barrister Tariq Rehman

24 November 2016

Tariq Rehman, an immigration barrister and Head of Chambers at Kings Court Chambers in Birmingham, was ordered to be disbarred at an independent disciplinary hearing on Wednesday, 23 November, following charges brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB), the regulator of the Bar.

BSB seeks views on shared parental leave for self-employed barristers

22 November 2016

"Should self-employed barristers enjoy similar rights to shared parental leave as employed barristers?" the Bar Standards Board (BSB) asks in a consultation launched today.

Barrister Tariq Rehman is permanently banned from public access work and suspended for a further 27 months

15 November 2016

Barrister Tariq Rehman was permanently banned from accepting public access instructions, and suspended for a total 27 months at an independent disciplinary hearing on Monday, 14 November, following charges brought by the Bar regulator.

Unregistered barrister Mujibur Ibrahim disbarred, following conviction of theft

08 November 2016

Unregistered barrister Mujibur Ibrahim was ordered to be disbarred by an independent Disciplinary Tribunal at a hearing on Monday, 7 November, following charges brought by the Bar regulator.

Barrister Tariq Rehman suspended for delaying refund payments to clients

04 November 2016

Barrister Tariq Rehman was suspended for a total of 14 months by an independent disciplinary Tribunal at a hearing on Wednesday, 2 November, following charges brought by the Bar regulator.

Barrister Michael Roberts disbarred, following criminal conviction for tax evasion

02 November 2016

Barrister Michael Charles Roberts was ordered to be disbarred by an independent Disciplinary Tribunal at a hearing on Friday 28 October, following charges brought by the Bar regulator.

Research shows room for improvement on Client Care Letters

02 November 2016

New research commissioned by legal regulators and the Legal Services Consumer Panel (LSCP) has identified principles to help lawyers better communicate with their clients.

The BSB is recruiting lay members for its Professional Conduct Committee

28 October 2016

The Bar Standards Board, the independent regulatory body for barristers in England and Wales, is seeking new members for its Professional Conduct Committee.

Unregistered barrister Ian Millard disbarred, following seriously offensive tweets

28 October 2016

Unregistered barrister Ian Millard was ordered to be disbarred by an independent Disciplinary Tribunal at a hearing on Thursday 27 October, following charges brought by the Bar regulator.

Unregistered barrister Mohammed Shafee Shaikh disbarred following conviction for import duty evasion

11 October 2016

Unregistered barrister Mohammed Shafee Shaikh was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary Tribunal at a hearing on Monday 10 October, following charges brought by the Bar regulator.

Legal Experts needed

03 October 2016

The Bar Standards Board, the regulatory body for barristers in England and Wales, is seeking five members of a new Advisory Pool of Experts (APEX).

Do you have a view on the future of Bar training? If so, the BSB would like to hear from you

03 October 2016

In a consultation paper launched today, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) outlines three possible approaches for the future training of barristers.

Bar regulator’s complaints-handling process is thorough and fair, says Independent Observer

30 September 2016

The way in which the Bar Standards Board (BSB) deals with complaints against barristers and handles disciplinary proceedings is thorough and fair, says the Independent Observer's latest report, published today.

Unregistered barrister Dr Peter Barnett disbarred following fraud convictions for fare evasion

27 September 2016

Dr Peter Barnett was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary Tribunal at a hearing on Monday 26 September 2016, following charges brought by the Bar regulator.

BSB publishes Professional Statement for Barristers

21 September 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a revised version of the Professional Statement, which now includes the Threshold Standard and Competences. It sets out in more detail the skills, knowledge and attributes which barristers are expected to have on "day one" of being issued with a practising certificate.

Farewell to outgoing BSB Director of Education and Training

15 September 2016

The regulator's Director of Education and Training, Dr Simon Thornton-Wood will leave the organisation on Friday, 16 September 2016.

Bar regulator launches survey on the future of legal services delivery

08 September 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has launched an online survey into how legal services are being delivered by barristers.

Records Department availability 12.9.16

08 September 2016

Records Department availability

BSB prepares to carry out interventions for ABSs

06 September 2016

The BSB has been approved by the Legal Services Board to become a licensing body for alternative business structures (ABSs). It plans to commence its authorisation this autumn. As part of the establishment of the framework that supports the regulation of ABSs, the BSB will gain the statutory power of intervention for ABSs. 

New BSB report shows more targeted use of enforcement powers

08 August 2016

The Bar Standards Board has, today, published its Enforcement Annual Report for 2015-16. This report provides an overview of the regulator's enforcement work during the year and includes a number of statistics about the volume and outcome of complaints of professional misconduct about barristers.

The BSB highlights progress made in its Annual Report 2015-16

02 August 2016

The BSB has published its latest annual report, which summarises its achievements during the 2015-16 business year and during the course of its last three-year strategic plan which concluded on 31 March 2016.

Experts needed

27 July 2016

The Bar Standards Board, the regulatory body for barristers in England and Wales, is seeking seven members of a new Advisory Pool of Experts (APEX).

Unregistered barrister Khalil Hosenbux suspended for providing immigration services when suspended from doing so

27 July 2016

An independent disciplinary tribunal has ordered Mr Khalil Hosenbux to be suspended from practising as a barrister for three months.

Bar regulator seeks potential ABS for pilot; publishes case studies for authorised bodies

14 July 2016

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is preparing to begin authorising Alternative Business Structures (ABS) later this year, subject to the Lord Chancellor's approval.

Bar regulator to address unfair treatment of women at the Bar

12 July 2016

The Bar Standards Board will be writing to every multi-tenant chambers across the country to seek their help in improving compliance with the Equality Rules, following the BSB's recent survey of women at the Bar.

Recruitment of Lay Members of the Bar Standards Board

08 July 2016

Recruitment of Lay Members of the Bar Standards Board 2016

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.