15 July 2018

The BSB publishes Annual Report for 2014-15

3 August 2015

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has now published its 2014-2015 Annual Report which outlines the significant progress it has made towards its strategic aims.

BSB Director-General Dr Vanessa Davies said: "We are proud of the progress we have made in the second year of our three-year strategic plan.

"One of our major achievements in the last year has been to change the way we supervise barristers based on how likely things are to go wrong and the impact this would have on clients.  Enforcement action is now reserved for more serious instances of misconduct.

"We are pleased that chambers have embraced the opportunity to work with us to reduce risk and protect the public.

"The profession faces imminent challenges with the legal aid cuts and rising numbers of litigants-in-person. These challenges require a workforce of highly-skilled and resourceful barristers who can adapt to change to ensure the long-term health of the profession. We believe the steps we are taking now to reform education and training and continuing professional development will stand the profession in good stead for the future.

"We are at a critical stage of significant reform in an ever-changing legal marketplace and our regulation has to adapt with it."

Our key achievements during 2014-15 included:

  • The BSB Handbook was put into practice across the Bar, and barristers became more aware of their obligations within it
  • The first BSB-authorised entities applied and were on the verge of becoming authorised by 31 March 2015
  • We established an outreach programme with consumers via regular engagement with legal consumer representative organisations 
  • We launched the Future Bar Training programme
  • We enabled barristers to apply for authorisation to conduct litigation
  • We started the Review of Youth Court advocacy
  • We continued to investigate complaints against barristers
  • Our Supervision Department began monitoring high-impact, high-risk chambers
  • Work began in earnest to develop a regulatory risk index
  • The Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service contractual arrangements delivered effective results
  • We conducted a monitoring project at barristers' chambers, focusing on the implementation of the Equality Rules of the Code of Conduct for the Bar
  • We were able to keep steady our overall regulatory costs

Read the full BSB 2014-2015 Annual Report here.

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