Barristers' CPD obligations have
Barristers no longer have to return CPD record cards to
the BSB, but must still undertake their set number of hours and
keep their record cards up-to-date.
The BSB will conduct random spot-checks of CPD cards and those
barristers selected must produce their record card for assessment.
Barristers may also be selected for spot-checking if they have a
history of non-compliance with CPD obligations or other regulatory
Any barrister who has failed to undertake their required hours
will need to complete their outstanding hours. If they still fail
to do so they may be referred to the BSB's Professional Conduct
Department for enforcement action.
This affects all practising barristers: whether undertaking CPD
through the Established Practitioner Programme (i.e., those with
more than three years' practising experience) or the New
Practitioners Programme (i.e., those with fewer than three years'
The BSB will no longer be processing CPD record cards -
including those that have already been submitted. Please note that
even if barristers have submitted their 2013 record card and
received an email confirmation from the BSB, they may still be
selected for spot-checking
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org