19 October 2018

BSB statement on McCarthy vs. the Visitors to the Inns of Court and the Bar Standards Board

21 January 2015 

Director General of the Bar Standards Board Dr Vanessa Davies said: "We have received a copy of the judgment in McCarthy vs. the Visitors to the Inns of Court and the Bar Standards Board and noted the comments about the BSB's breach of the Disciplinary Tribunal's rules in 2010. This was a very regrettable and serious mistake. It should never have occurred and the individual responsible for it left the BSB in 2010. Since this error, which happened over five years ago, we have produced a robust policy on the disclosure of documents in disciplinary proceedings. This is available on our website and all staff involved in BSB prosecutions are required to act strictly in accordance with it. Our complaints handling processes have been regularly reviewed and independently quality assured since 2011 and these reports are also publicly available from our website. Following today's judgment we are considering what further action we should take."

ENDS
Notes to editors

About the disclosure of documents in disciplinary proceedings
The BSB's policy on the disclosure of documents in disciplinary proceedings is available here from our website.

About Disciplinary Tribunals
The Council of the Inns of Court (COIC) is an independent body - separate to the BSB - which is responsible for appointing the Disciplinary Tribunal panels which adjudicate on disciplinary charges brought by the BSB for professional misconduct. This function is performed under COIC's auspices by the Bar Tribunal and Adjudication Service (BTAS).