17 July 2018

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

4 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.

The Board has a lay majority of eight, including a lay Chair, Sir Andrew Burns KCMG. Anupama (Anu) Thompson will be the seventh barrister member of the Board, making up the full complement of 15 members.

Mrs Thompson said: "I am delighted to be taking up my position as a board member at such an interesting time for the Bar Standards Board at the start of its new strategic plan. These are challenging times for the Bar and I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Board to ensure that regulation remains risk-based and focused on the public interest."

Sir Andrew Burns, Chair of the BSB, said: "I am very pleased that Anu Thompson has accepted our invitation to be a member of the Board. Anu's experience in regulation and as an employed barrister will be enormously valuable to the Board as we continue to address issues of professional regulation which will have a profound effect on the future of the Bar and all those we regulate in England and Wales."

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About the Bar Standards Board

Our mission is to regulate the Bar so as to promote high standards of practice and safeguard clients and the public interest. For more information about what we do visit: http://bit.ly/1gwui8t

About Anupama Thompson

Anupama was Called to the Bar in 1994 and spent many years in private practice at the criminal Bar before joining the Nursing and Midwifery Council (the UK regulator for nurses and midwives) in 2008 as a hearings lawyer, presenting fitness to practise cases before the NMC practice committees and the High Court.  She went on to lead on all the NMC's appellate work until 2013.  She is now Assistant Director, Legal Services at the NMC and runs the legal services department of the fitness to practise directorate.  She has recently been appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court.

Contact: For all media enquiries call: 0207 611 1452 or email press@barstandardsboard.org.uk .