24 October 2017

Senior legal academic sought to help reform the education and training of the Bar

8 May 2017

The Bar Standards Board, the independent regulatory body for barristers in England and Wales, is seeking a new member for its Education and Training Committee. We are currently reforming the education and training for the Bar, through our Future Bar Training Programme, and this is an exciting opportunity to help shape the future landscape of training for the Bar.

We would welcome applications from senior legal academics with experience of vocational training, particularly those with knowledge of the Bar.

The organisation

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) regulates barristers and their professional practice and specialised legal services businesses in England and Wales in the public interest. We are responsible for:

  • setting education and training requirements; 
  • setting standards; 
  • authorising organisations; 
  • monitoring the service provided; and 
  • handling complaints.

The Education and Training Committee oversees all regulatory activity relating to education and training for the Bar.  This includes setting the standards of education and training that prospective barristers must pass before being able to practise as such, together with the further training requirements that barristers must comply with throughout their careers. 

Committee members are expected to attend meetings every eight weeks which are held from 5.00-7.00pm. Meetings take place in London. Lay members are remunerated at a flat rate of £308 per day or £154 per half day to cover both attendance and preparation time. Appointments will be for an initial period of 18 months. 

For more information and to apply, please download the Information Pack.

Candidates should provide a letter outlining how they meet the competences required for the position, together with a brief CV.

If you have any queries, please contact Ruth Beaumont, Operations Administrator, in the first instance: RBeaumont@BarStandardsBoard.org.uk

Closing date for applications: 5pm Tuesday 30 May 2017.

Interviews are scheduled to take place in London in the early evening of Wednesday 21 June 2017.