19 July 2018

Experts needed

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).

As part of our agreed new governance structure, we want to develop a pool of experts to provide advice and support for our policy development.  We want to engage a range of people, from all kinds of backgrounds, who are experts in their respective fields to help us.

 

So why would you be interested in doing this?  

 

We're offering a flexible way of providing input on big, interesting topics in policy development, rather than requiring a fixed amount of input per month.  We'll recognise your appointment and your expertise by publishing details of APEX members on our website and telling people when you've contributed to our work.  You'll be paid for your time.  You'll become part of a group of experts from a range of different specialisms, with regular opportunities to come together and learn.  You'll be able to discuss issues in a robust way with our staff, our Board, other experts and often our other stakeholders too.   You'll have the opportunity to make a difference, at an early stage, in how policy develops in the legal sector.  There's a lot going on so there are plenty of big, complex issues to get involved with.

 

Vacancies

 

If this appeals to you, please consider applying.  We have seven vacancies available in a number of fields:

  • We seek a competition expert to advise us on the promotion of competition within the legal services market. The successful candidate will have experience of working with public or private bodies and/or regulators to promote competition within markets.
  • We seek an economic expert to advise us on the economic feasibility and impact of our regulatory reforms, including our reforms to education and training for the Bar. The successful candidate will have experience of economic impact assessment and an understanding of market regulation.
  • We seek an equality and diversity expert to advise us on developing and implementing our equality and diversity strategy. The successful candidate will have experience of working with public or private bodies and/or regulators to develop and support equality and diversity initiatives.
  • We seek someone with higher education expertise to advise us on our educational quality assurance processes. The successful candidate will also have an understanding of the complex and rapidly changing higher education policy environment, and a strategic view of higher education and its role in supporting social inclusion.
  • We seek an insurance expert to advise us on our professional indemnity insurance requirements for barristers. The successful candidate will have experience of working in the legal professional indemnity insurance market, gained in a brokerage or underwriting capacity (or similar).
  • We seek an expert in regulatory policy and theory to advise us on applying regulatory theory to the development and implementation of our policies. The successful candidate will have experience of working with regulators to develop and support robust regimes, and an understanding of outcomes-focused and risk-based regulation.
  • We seek an expert in regulatory risk to advise us on developing and implementing our risk-based approach to regulation. The successful candidate will have experience of developing and supporting robust risk-based regulatory regimes, and an understanding of outcomes-focused regulation.

Further details and how to apply

 

APEX members will enter into a consultancy agreement for services with the BSB, and will not be employed by us. The agreements will not guarantee a particular level of work, but will be for up to 10 days' worth of time per year. Our day and half day rates are: £308 per day and £154 per half-day, plus expenses as permitted by our expenses policy.

Details of the selection criteria and competencies for all of the APEX roles, as well as information on how to apply, are given in the candidate brief.

If you would like to discuss any of the positions in more detail, please contact Amanda Thompson, Director for Governance Reform on 020 7611 1371.

If you wish to seek a reasonable adjustment to the recruitment process, please contact Joseph Bailey on 020 7611 1414.

Closing date:Monday 15 August 2016, 9:00am.

Interviews will take place in London between Tuesday 30 August and Friday 9 September.