19 August 2018

Implementation of Bar Tribunal arrangements “progressing well”

28 November 2014

A Bar Standards Board (BSB) annual report into the arrangements relating to the operation of the independent Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service (BTAS) has found no significant issues to report and improvements in the service being sustained.

The paper, considered last night at the BSB's monthly Board meeting, outlines progress being made against the 82 recommendations set out in the Browne Review of 2012.  Of these recommendations only six remain to be completed, compared with 25 that were outstanding a year ago.

Completed recommendations include:

  • Improvements to the governance status of BTAS including it having been made a separate but integral arm of The Council of the Inns of Court (COIC)
  • COIC having obtained charitable status
  • BTAS now being firmly established at No.9 Grays Inn Square, within custom designed premises which are better suited to requirements; and
  • Completion of the BTAS website.

Implementation of the six outstanding recommendations is well on track. The full report can be found on our website.

Last night, a BSB spokesperson said, "We are pleased with the continuing progress being made in the implementation of the Browne Review. The arrangements, which are now largely in place, represent a significant step in assuring the public and the profession that the disciplinary arrangements for the Bar of England and Wales are open and transparent." 

ENDS

Notes to editors

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