17 June 2019

New barrister Board member for the Bar Standards Board

17 December 2018

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced the appointment of Irena Sabic as a new barrister Board member.

Irena Sabic was called to the Bar in October 2002. She is a member of Garden Court Chambers and an established public law practitioner with a particular expertise in immigration and asylum, community care, housing and planning law. In recent years Irena has focussed on the representation of vulnerable children and adults subject to immigration control. Irena is regularly invited to deliver lectures and seminars to solicitors, public bodies and NGOs. She is a Trustee and Board member ofTrauma Treatment International.

Ms Sabic was selected from a field of strong candidates by an independent panel, chaired by Baroness Tessa Blackstone.

Chair of the BSB, Baroness Tessa Blackstone said: "Irena will add expertise, energy and experience to the existing Board. I am sure she will provide a vital additional perspective and point of view. I look forward to working with her."

Ms Sabic said: "I am delighted to be offered the position of barrister Board member at such an exciting and important time for the profession. I very much look forward to working with fellow Board members and staff at the BSB."

Ms. Sabic will take up her appointment from 1 January 2019.

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About the Bar Standards Board

The Board is currently made up of 14 people: six barristers, seven lay members and a lay Chair. The new appointment fills a current vacancy and helps the regulator ensure that its Board maintains the range of skills, experience and perspectives that it needs to undertake its independent regulation in the public interest. Information about existing Board members is available on the website.

Our mission is to regulate barristers and specialised legal services businesses in England and Wales in the public interest. For more information about what we do visit: http://bit.ly/1gwui8t

Contact: For all media enquiries call: 0207 611 1452 or email press@barstandardsboard.org.uk .