23 August 2019

Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC MP keynote speech at the launch of new BSB Handbook

The Bar Standards Board was delighted to host the Attorney General, the Rt. Hon. Dominic Grieve QC MP, and the Rt. Hon. Lord Judge PC QC, the recently retired Lord Chief Justice, for an evening to mark the launch of the new Bar Standards Board (BSB) Handbook.

Speaking at the event at the Royal College of Surgeons last night, the Attorney said the new Handbook will "place practitioners in a much stronger position to face the future" and allow the Bar "to branch out into new fields and opportunities, which will immeasurably benefit them and their clients".

The Attorney praised the Handbook as an important step in establishing "clear and unambiguous rules", which were "easily accessible both to practitioners" and the public. He reminded the audience that those who rely on legal services as clients are, at the same time, customers with "a right to expect certain standards".

Referring to the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates ( QASA), the Attorney said the Scheme "is a matter for the regulators" but added he supported "any process that helps to promote and bolster the high standards of which the criminal Bar is rightly proud, and which weeds out those who are not able to achieve them".

The Attorney was introduced by the Lord Judge who also provided closing remarks and was joined by Baroness Deech QC (Hon), Chair of the BSB.

A full copy of the Attorney's speech is available via: http://bit.ly/1dXk1yH.


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