20 May 2018

The BSB responds to the Jeffrey Review into independent advocacy in England and Wales

Chair of the Bar Standards Board, Baroness Ruth Deech QC (Hon), said:

"The BSB welcomes the publication of Sir Bill Jeffrey's review and appreciates the careful analysis of the importance of high quality advocacy in our courts. Sir Bill gives a view on a number of key issues - including education and training, the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA), and co-operation between the regulators - which we will carefully consider, along with the review's other recommendations. The review sets out a number of challenges for us and we will look forward to addressing them. Our Board will give closer consideration to the detail of the review at its meeting later in May."

ENDS

Notes to editors

The final report of Sir Bill Jeffrey's Review can be accessed here: http://www.justice.gov.uk/about/the-jeffrey-review

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