19 June 2018

Barristers: interested in becoming a BSB member?

29 March 2015

The Bar of England and Wales is admired throughout the world for its excellence, strong traditions of public service, and representation for all. The Bar Standards Board (BSB), as the regulator of barristers, has a duty to protect the public and safeguard clients and the standards of the profession. Facing significant change brought about by the introduction of Alternative Business Structures, as well as challenges emerging from legal aid reform and the reshaping of the market for barristers' services (especially at the criminal Bar), Board members contribute to the leadership of the BSB at a critical time in the Bar's history.

The BSB seeks to appoint two barrister members to the Board. Do you have the ability to think strategically about complex and sensitive issues that will have a long-term effect on the Bar? Can you work as part of a congenial but intellectually rigorous team? Can you carry credibility with both the public and the profession? If you have answered yes to these questions, then we would like to hear from you.

Information on the qualification criteria and application process is now available via www.heidrick.com/bsb. The closing date for applications is Tuesday 5 May 2015.

The Board remains open-minded as to the background experience of candidates. However, of particular interest are high level skills gained in regulatory and compliance work, professional education, the publicly funded Bar and the employed Bar. Barristers employed as general counsel are also encouraged to apply.

Applications are especially welcome from black, minority ethnic and disabled people who are currently under-represented on the Bar Standards Board. If you have a disability, or for any other good reason are seeking a reasonable adjustment to the recruitment process, please contact Alex Acland on 020 7075 4350 or aacland@heidrick.com.

Appointments are for an initial three year term which may be renewed for a further three years. Meetings of the Board take place in London and some UK travel may be necessary. Barrister members are unremunerated but may claim travel costs, especially if based outside London. The Board is committed to becoming less London-centric and those practising or working outside of London or the south-east in particular are encouraged to apply.

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About the Bar Standards Board
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